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XY Find It is the most stylish, convenient, and affordable Bluetooth Tracking tag.
XY Find It is the most stylish, convenient, and affordable Bluetooth Tracking tag.
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Production Update

Posted by XY-FindIt (Creator)
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Hello Everyone,

As mentioned previously, we requested the last batch of samples from the factory to check everything. After some delays, we finally got them this week -- and they look GREAT!

The slightly rubberized exterior is beautifully matte, while still smudge-resistant (although hot wings and bacon grease have not yet tested). The bacons er beacons have crisp hexagon ridges, and the shells have close-fitting seems. Inside, the PCB looks clean with neat soldering. The firmware is working well, as expected.

We had some fun setting up a test environment for water-resistance, finally deciding on a large popcorn bowl filled with ~2 gallons of water. A test beacon has been working continuously from the bottom of that bowl for almost 2 hours now.

We only have the black samples so far (other colors should arrive tomorrow).  The black is a tiny bit darker than our target Pantone swatch, but it’s a very minor difference. We actually like this end result.

Overall, the samples look very good. We have a few more tests to complete before we can give them our stamp of approval. Barring something unexpected, this will be “the one

We are sure many of you are wondering about the schedule. We ran into a number of small delays along the way (we are about two months behind our original kickstarter timeframe), partly due to the nature of technology development, but also because we were noobs when it comes to outsourced manufacturing. Luckily, we seem to have made it close to the end without major screw-ups except for these frustrating delays.

We’re grateful for your patience and support. Thanks for all the awesome emails and comments, even the angry ones. Your feedback has really helped us stay motivated and laser-focused on our end goal.

At this point, assembly at the factory should take no more than five days after we give them the go-ahead. If we get our final approval by Monday, the product will be ready for pickup on Sept 1st. To catch up for lost time and account for the unexpected, Daniel will be in China that week to oversee assembly & handoff.  We are really close now (and excited).

More updates to follow. We have good stuff to report on the apps, retail packaging, etc.

Elisabeth Seng, Siuson Lam, and 69 more people like this update.

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    1. Missing avatar

      Freda Sears on

      @XY-Findit Team,

      I received a package in the post last week with XY beacons... However, the devices look nothing like what has been shown. The long dark blue flattened tear drops are all hard plastic exteriors. The shape is blah. What happened?

      Is there a second mailing with the exteriors?

      Please excuse my confusion if I missed a pertinent post. What I received simply doesn't match expectations based on $85 pledge level.

      Kind Regards,
      ~Freda

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      Peter Hutnick on

      Thanks for that explanation. And thank you for the offer. I accept!

    3. Daniel Wang // TEAM ZING on

      @Alex, @Laird, @Paul... thanks for the support! @Giampaolo -- lots to report on both apps. Stay tuned, update on those will be early next week.

    4. Daniel Wang // TEAM ZING on

      @Peter, really sorry about that. We have 3D printed prototypes of the original design but they no longer fit due to the addition of the buzzer, which was a stretch goal that affected the overall design. If it's ok with you, we can convert your award to the 10-pack ($110 pledge level) or please contact us if you'd like something else. The Gimbal beacon you received is a bonus award for backers with $75 or higher pledges.

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      Peter Hutnick on

      I'm super confused. What ever happened with the 3d printed units? I received some Qualcomm unit in the mail, which isn't what I signed up for.

    6. Alex Leung
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      on

      Thanks for the update and thoroughness of stress testing :). Looking forward to the final product, even tho it's late!

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      Giampaolo Frello on

      Thanks for updating! Any news on the new version of iOS app and the Android one?

    8. Laird Popkin
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      on

      That design is BEAUTIFUL! I'm really looking forward to attaching beacons to everything my family keeps losing. :-)

    9. Paul Quick #BoycottKS
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      on

      I'm having fun beta testing the app and non-XY beacon. Submitting feedback via the apps easy to use link as I think of it.

    10. Daniel Wang // TEAM ZING on

      @Eric, good question. We opted to pay for air delivery instead of freight so it should take only a few days. However there are unknowns like payment processing -- one of reasons I'm going there is to verify the product before handing someone, even a trusted partner, a very large check. Also there may be delays at US customs. Internally we are guessing the week of 9/8. Shipping to backers will begin immediately after the beacons are on-shore. We have a huge stockpile of shipping supplies at our office already.

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      Eric Cho on

      Ready for pickup on September 1st but when do you folks ship it?