We’re coming to the end of the Kickstarter campaign. Hard to believe that 30 days have gone by so quickly. Even harder to believe that we’re at 302 backers. In a final push, we bought the leaderboard on the AOPA Aviation eBrief for today, which has added some 13 new backers in the past few hours. (Thanks, AOPA!) This puts us nearly 7 times our original goal.
If you don’t/didn’t get in on the Kickstarter, be sure to check out the web store. It will open shortly after the campaign ends.
The fabricator of the cases sent another round of production prototypes out today. They should be here on Thursday, and pictures will be posted on the Kickstarter as soon as we get them. This shipment includes another copy of the original light gray and a darker “medium” gray. When the campaign closes and we can do surveys of the backers we will most likely offer a choice between the light and the medium. The light is very light (it looks white to me). The medium is supposed to be significantly… grayer. There are advantages and disadvantages to each. The light reflects more heat, but produces more glare. The medium is the opposite. (Yep, everything really is a compromise.)
The weather is supposed to be good this weekend, so we hope to get some flight testing done with the new boxes and the latest version of the software. It contains the first cut at the update process. We’ve made good progress on a number of other fronts. We now have a good means of making the data card read-only, which significantly reduces the possibility of corruption. We’ve also put together a script which assigns a unique ID to the Wifi SSID of each FlightBox. It’s rare that you would have several operating in close proximity, but not unheard of. This will make that much easier to manage.
That’s it for now. Please check back on Thursday (2/18/2016) to see how the campaign turned out.