Software tweaks and hardware sneak peeks
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.
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.
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