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.