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Ada is an infinitely expandable camera trigger, making high-speed, camera trap, and timelapse photography affordable for everyone.
Ada is an infinitely expandable camera trigger, making high-speed, camera trap, and timelapse photography affordable for everyone.
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Software tweaks and hardware sneak peeks

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Hello again backers!

A slightly belated happy new year to you all! We’ve got a few bits of good news to start 2015 with.

While the factory prepare tooling plans and circuit board samples, we’ve had some time to improve the software. Our good friend Nick at Arachnid Labs has been hard at work, and mid-way through December sent us an updated software package which improved the battery life in Timelapse mode. After a fortnight of hearing a camera shutter every 15 minutes, we had the results; Nick’s improvements have taken us from a disappointing 40 hours, to over 400 hours on a pair of AAs. This opens up a lot of timelapse possibilities that weren’t there before, and we’re incredibly grateful to Nick for all his hard work.

Ada taking on its new software via an ISP programmer. When it’s in your hands, software will be loaded over USB.
Ada taking on its new software via an ISP programmer. When it’s in your hands, software will be loaded over USB.

The next piece of good news is the Open Source side of things. We’ve had some incredibly useful feedback from backers who are coding wizards, and a recurring complaint was how tricky the code was to navigate around. We’ve had a ReadMe file put together for the code, which explains the purpose of each file, as well as explaining where certain values are stored within the code. Nick has also been hard at work here too, improving the way the project builds to allow for more platforms to easily get to grips with Ada’s code. As we move towards finalising the code, we’re hoping to get the software released before Ada reaches you, to allow for tinkering in anticipation of it’s arrival.

The final piece of good news is a reliability improvement. Our manufacturers in China have spotted an area of slight stress on the circuit board assembly, and have quickly offered a solution which won’t impact on production time, and is likely to speed up assembly time. These little tweaks can make a big difference, and they’re experts in spotting these things before they become a problem.

The unmodified area in question on one of our prototypes. This is where the sensors connect to Ada. You can also see a few areas of hand soldering to improve performance, which will be baked right on to the final PCB.
The unmodified area in question on one of our prototypes. This is where the sensors connect to Ada. You can also see a few areas of hand soldering to improve performance, which will be baked right on to the final PCB.

On another note, something that became very clear at the end of last year was how our communication with you - our awesome backers - was causing some frustrations. We have always tried to stay positive in our updates, and while we’ve been as infuriated by the delays as you, we did our best to keep the mood up in our Kickstarter posts, knowing that what we’re delivering is going to be the best high speed trigger out there. Haje - Triggertrap’s CEO - has written a 4500 word, full disclosure, warts-and-all piece about the good, the bad and the heroes of the Ada project in a piece called "Hardware is Hard" over on Medium.

In the next update, we’ll be taking a closer look at the laser sensor (to round off that little series), as well as letting you guys know the latest manufacturing news.

Rich, and all of Team Triggertrap

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      Michael Hakans on

      Before you ship? haha joke's on us.

    2. Triggertrap Creator on

      Michael Diaz: We'd certainly love to, although it may not be possible at this stage. However it is on our list to look in to if there is the time before we ship!

    3. Michael Diaz on

      Now that Ada's battery life is at 400 hours (16.6 days), are you guys still pushing for the "months" of battery life?

    4. Triggertrap Creator on

      Thank you to all the Triggertrap Ada backers for remaining understanding and great sources of feedback and advice, despite the delays! We're unbelievably excited about getting your kits to you as soon as possible.

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      Humberto Borges on

      Awesome piece by Rich on "Medium". That insight, alone, is well worth the wait.
      From what I've read, I would advise you guys to go deep on CRM as we apply it to aviation.
      It would address many of the organizational and communicational pitfalls you fell into.
      Communication-wise, here's a free piece of advice:
      Don't get caught by limited communicational channels, no mater how "hip" they might seem.
      Use only one channel and make sure it is universally non-excluding, no matter the communication target.
      "Medium" only allows feddback comments from "Tweeter" and "Facebook" users, so it should be a "no-no".
      All the best.
      HB

    6. Kevin Rank on

      Great reading. I've backed a large number of kickstarters, and I routinely get worried when they are over a year late. I am very pleasantly surprised if they ship on time.

      I always find it so interesting to see the successes and failures in kickstarters. This aspect is always of great interest to me. I really like it when a company opens up on what happened. Even better, is the break down of how to prevent it in the future.

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      Rudy Coevert on

      Thank you for the update(s). I will share the piece of haje in the company where I work. there is a lot to be learnt from this.
      I think a qoute from Johann Wolfgang von Goethe is in place for this entire project “By seeking and blundering we learn.”

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      Tim Roberts on

      Thank you ..... I'm really looking forward to this!

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      Ralph Clark on

      I appreciate the honesty with your updates. Thank you.