Hey guys! It's been a little while since I've done a proper project update, so here goes nothing...
PayPal & pre-ordering
So, if you've been following the challenges we've been having with PayPal, you'll understand why the company has dropped off our Christmas Card List rather quickly. At the time I'm writing this, they're holding nearly £7,000 (that's around US$ 10,500 or €8,300) hostage, and even though I was promised I would get a reply to my most recent e-mail to them 'within 14 days' more than 42 days ago.
I have no idea if they're going to force me to refund the money, or if they'll eventually release it; And, of course, it's impossible to get a straight answer out of them.
So, I've now switched the way we are going to process our pre-orders to Google Checkout. It's a shame, really; because of PayPal's nearly universal market penetration (heh, I said penetration), they would be a perfect choice. Shame their customer service department is frighteningly similar to one that might be featured in one of Franz Kafka's most sinister nightmares.
So, why should you pre-order? We're sending out the Triggertraps strictly on a first-come, first-served basis. When we run out, we'll probably create another batch of them, but that's going to take a bit of time, so if you're eager to get your hands on one, pre-ordering is the only way to make sure.
If you were considering to place a pre-order, here is how it'll work:
- Place your pre-order on the Triggertrap Shop
- We'll send you an e-mail confirmation of your pre-order.
- About 10 days before we are ready to ship the Triggertraps, we'll send you an e-mail with an invoice in it.
- Click the "pay now" link in the invoice e-mail to pay it.
Obviously, if you move house or want to order additional Triggertraps or cables, we'll make sure you'll be able to update your order before you pay; You've been patient with us, so we'll be flexible with you guys!
We're working on a overhauling some aspects of the Triggertrap code - that is; the current code works and is fully tested and ready to go, but we wanted to make the code easier to use and maintain, so we've been re-thinking some of the things we've done - especially the way we were using the LCD display turned out to be needlessly complicated, and wasn't as compatible as we had hoped between the TTv1 and the Triggertrap Shield for Arduino, so it's getting a bit of a tickle. Because of this, we're not quite ready to make the Github code public quite yet - but we will throw it out there as soon as we are ready to go - promise!
Of course, the awesome guys at NoMi design - who have done the heavy lifting on the hardware and code-wrangling side of things - are gearing up to releasing some of the libraries we created as part of the the Triggertrap project. The first one is the AtTouch library we are using for our awesome touch-sensitive buttons: It's available on Github, of course.
The hardware schematics for both the Triggertrap and the Triggertrap Shield are ready, and will also be made available, but we're holding off on publishing them until we're ready to ship the first batch of Triggertraps ourselves.
The factory we are using is still shut down for their Chinese New Year celebrations, but it seems as if our estimated shipping date of April is still holding true. Stay tuned & fingers crossed...
If you haven't yet, have a look at the Triggertrap Shield assembly instructions. It's geeky, it's fun, and it features the back of my head in some of the photos because I screwed up the camera placement. What more could you wish for?
Oh, and remember that we are still running the Triggertrap Wish List - if there's anything you wish the Triggertrap could do, whack it on there by adding a comment!