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April 2018 update

TL;DR: Kickstarter units have almost all shipped; most post-Kickstarter pre-orders have shipped; extra keycap sets are expected to ship sometime in April Hello from Oakland, When we last wrote a public update on January 25, we told you that assembly of MP2 keyboards had been completed and that assembly of MP3 was in progress. Our factory was due to close for Chinese New Year on February 8. We were concerned that, if anything at all went wrong, no MP2 keyboards would ship out until the end of February, so Jesse got on a plane to Hong Kong for a last-minute...

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Model 01 MP2 keyboards should leave the factory within the week

TL;DR: MP2 keyboards are assembled and almost ready to ship out. (This should cover all remaining regular Kickstarter backers.) MP3 assembly has started. Jesse is on his way to China to expedite things. We’re working to improve the shipping experience going forward. Hello from Oakland, When we last wrote in December, we told you that because the new wood suppliers hadn’t hit the dates they’d promised, remaining orders wouldn’t ship out until after Christmas. Both new wood suppliers have delivered and the factory has completed assembly of more than 1000 keyboards. They’re working on the next 1000 now. Wooden enclosures...

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Model 01 Kickstarter Day 907: Update on wood suppliers and MP1 field reports

  Hello from Oakland, We’re going to miss Christmas deliveries for most, if not all unshipped Kickstarter and pre-order keyboards. There is an outside chance that we’ll be able to ship out about 500 more keyboards before Christmas, but we’d rather not mis-set your expectations (again). We feel horrible about this. We’re really, really sorry. Please know that we’re not slacking off. We’ve been continuing to have nightly conference calls with the factory and have been pushing the suppliers as hard as we can to try to catch up. If you want to know what’s been happening, read on. Markus...

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A thousand steps forward...

TL;DR: We’ve shipped 1000ish keyboards to backers; we expect to ship the rest in Q4, despite some supply chain issues. Hello from Oakland! It’s been about five weeks since we last wrote. To say that the past month has been eventful would be a bit of an understatement. As of this week, we’ve now shipped about 1000 keyboards to Kickstarter backers. (If we shipped you a keyboard from MP1, you should have received a shipping notification from us last week.) We’re working with the factory to get the rest of your keyboards built and shipped as quickly as possible. On that...

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Model 01 Day 481: Part samples and drop tests

Hello from Oakland! TL;DR: Keycap tooling is almost done! The feet design we were concerned about last time was as bad as we thought. We think we’ve got something much better. We’ve made some tweaks to the electrical design and firmware; we’ve figured out some stuff about keycap painting and kitting; we’ve been doing drop tests. In general, manufacturing is proceeding apace: slower than we’d like but moving forward steadily. The changes to the base/foot design potentially adds 3-4 weeks of delay. We’re currently betting that the first units will start to ship from the factory in November. Keycap injection mold...

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