We appreciate your patience since last update. Since June we have been doing multiple pilot builds and wear-testing the pilot sample builds. During our weeks of testing in June-July we discovered a few anomalies that resulted in high current drain states that we had to chase down and determine root cause, and then solve. For example, we found when the watch was on a table and the face of the watch and is touching a table surface it resulted in "activating" the touch panel, and going into high drain mode. This was an issue that once we determined root cause we were able to fix with our touch panel vendor fix and the appropriate firmware update versus any hardware changes.
My apology for more timely updates these past weeks, but wanted to provide feedback to you once we had conclusive answers to all the found power drain anomalies discovered during ongoing pilot testing and in several cases it took us few weeks to work with hardware vendors to determine root cause, resolve the issue, and then further test that issue is resolved.
On a previous update there was noted issue from Kickstarter supporters that they didn't like to see the LOCK icon on all the time. This was great feedback and we have addressed this issue in the software so LOCK icon won't be always visible on the time screens as we have been improving the firmware as well.
We are continuing our beta testing over the coming weeks with our pilot samples as we ramp up for production. The current schedule provided by the factory is to have samples for our selected Kickstarter testers 2nd half September, and production shipments starting in October.
As the team has been wear-testing the TOUCH TIME pilot samples these past weeks it has been exciting to note the many comments and compliments we get from folks that notice it on our wrist. We look forward to get the new TOUCH TIME watch you supported on your wrist in coming months as we expect you will get similar reaction. Although there have been many smart watch announcements over the past year, we anticipate that the TOUCH TIME watch we will ship to you this fall will still be the only non-rechargeable touch digital watch in market for sometime to come holding true to our original project goal.
We will have additional updates and pictures/videos in weeks ahead...