• Backer Update: January == February

    Tuesday, February 2, 2016

    January 16, 2016

    Hi Tesselators!

    We’re very excited to ship Tessel 2 in the near future. Since many of you are on the edges of your seats, we’d like to share an update.

    Shipping timelines

    We’ve just heard from our manufacturers that there is a slight delay and no boards will leave the factory until January 25. This is due to a minor disturbance in Seeed Studio’s supply chain.

    Our main efforts are to get your boards to you as quickly as possible. For most of you, that will be mid-February into March.

    Here’s how this will go:

    • Seeed is fulfilling all international orders; orders for United States customers will be shipped en masse to a warehouse in the Bay Area and sent out from there.
    • China celebrates the new year February 1-13, so many international orders will be shipped after the holiday.
    • We are trying to get all Tessel 2s for United States customers shipped out of China before the holiday. We will then be able to ship them out through our stateside fulfillment house.

    In the meantime, we’ll charge your orders on Monday, January 18th - we’ve just been double checking a few special cases.

    What are some recent developments on Tessel 2?

    Since our last email:

    • We built easy command line tools to interact with Tessel 2’s wonderful Wifi chip - you can turn it on and off to save power, and even use it as an access point
    • Binary dependencies, always a challenge with Tessel 1, are being compiled and served so that you can install and use them normally. For example, if you go to the socket.io website and try their example on a Tessel 2, it should just work
    • If you want to treat Tessel 2 like a Linux computer, root access is now as simple as t2 root
    • Firmware improvements brought all the modules up to speed with the new system
    • USB communications got 100x faster

    Track milestones on this issue and please feel free to jump in! The more that gets done now, the more capable your Tessel 2 will be when it gets to you.

    How can I get more frequent updates?

    For those eager folks who’d like to hear from us more often, here are a few resources:

    1. You can always find our steering committee notes in this Github folder . It might not be pretty and polished, but it’s the inside scoop on our main priorities
    2. Twitter @tesselproject works for quick questions
    3. There is nearly always someone on our slack channel - especially join here if you’re interested in the status of a particular feature

    For the rest of you, please enjoy our very non-spammy email list ;)

    With love,

    The Tessel Team

    #update #updates

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