Hello, dear Backers!
We're really motoring along behind the scenes here, and we're getting lots of good news in from the parties involved in making Ada happen! We’ve been taking great strides with our manufacturer to get all the processes locked down, and we’ve been talking to our cable manufacturer to kick off the production of the Interconnect and Mobile connection cables - in signature Triggertrap red, naturally. With all the pieces neatly slotting into place, all signs point to shipping and delivery in Spring 2015.
We do need a bit of help from our backers though - we've a few backers who haven't filled in their Backerkit surveys - so we're extending the deadline until Monday 15th December. This is the last chance to get it sorted, as on Monday we're taking the next big step in getting Ada produced; finalising the numbers to send over to the manufacturer. We can't send the numbers unless we know exactly what people want, so please make sure your order is all up to date. To log in to Backerkit, please click here. If you've lost your BackerKit invite or are unable to log in, you can recover your log in by clicking here.
With Christmas rapidly approaching, Team Triggertrap have been subjected to one too many Michael Bublé Christmas songs in the office, and so felt the need to spread festive cheer all over the studio floor. We left for the studio with two air guns, three high speed flashes, Ada, a sound sensor and a whole galaxy of baubles, smashers, glitters, crackers. Also a bag of sprouts, a pound of jelly, a case of mince pies and two dozen candy canes. You know, the usual.
Speaking of the sound sensor, let’s take a closer look at what it’s all about, shall we? First things first: the sound sensor is fast. Really fast. We’ve been testing with an air rifle which fires at around 500fps - or 340mph if you prefer - and with Ada set with no delay the flash was firing before the pellet had even left the barrel. We fine tuned the delay to get it just right, and after a few microsecond adjustments, we found the sweet spot.
The sound sensor sensitivity is controlled via a dial on the back of the unit, so you can get your threshold to the perfect point to trigger. We talk quite a bit when setting up shots as we adjust the subject, background and lighting; using the sensitivity adjustment we set up the sound sensor to only listen for loud noises - saving the flash from firing until we wanted it to.
We're also very pleased to now be in a position to open for pre-orders in the next few days, a great second chance for anyone who missed out on Kickstarter kits. If you know anyone who’d like to get their hands on one, point them here to sign up for our Ada newsletter. The pre-orders are for an Ada baseblock with all four sensors, and we’re going to offer them with a tasty discount off the retail price - so they need to get them while they’re hot!
Finally, Christmas came early for Ada's Project Manager, Rich - a devoted lover of all things Peli. Entrusted with our precious prototypes to transport around, Rich has gotten his hands on a dangerously orange Peli 1170. With the cables stashed behind the top foam - which is held up with Velcro - it’s the perfect carry case for Ada and a full set of sensors. Check it out:
We’d like to thank our friends at Simulacra studio in London for once again allowing us to come in and make one heck of a mess! Top guys, and a great space too.
We’ll be posting a Christmas update on the 23rd which will be full of info about production progress, and a deeper look at the laser sensor. We look forward to seeing you then!