• 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

  • Backer Update: Getting Ready to Ship Tessel 2 (!)

    Tuesday, February 2, 2016

    December 22, 2015

    Backers, great news! We’ve passed our FCC and CE certifications and have just started full-scale manufacturing.

    In the near term, we have a couple of action items for you:

    // TODO:

    1. Visit trycelery.com/myorders (http:////trycelery.com/myorders) and make sure your address is correct
    2. Check your payment information, either at the link above or on Paypal (depending on which you used) and make sure the card you used has not expired

    We will be charging pre-orders on January 4th. Please complete the above tasks (a ~1 minute effort) by then, as they ensure you will receive your Tessel 2.

    What happens next?

    1. Our manufacturer (Seeed) begins churning out boards: printing the circuit boards, assembling the chips, flashing and testing them with Testalators
    2. We keep improving the software (see current milestones (https://github.com/tessel/project/issues/106) - you’re welcome to join!)
    3. Seeed ships international orders; we will distribute orders in the United States
    4. Repeat steps 1 through 3 until everyone has their orders

    We’re extremely excited to move into this next phase, and hope you find Tessel 2 worth the wait.

    Much love, The Tessel Project

    #update #updates #shipping #tessel 2

  • This Week In Tessel: Another FCC Update, And Some Of The Things We've Been Working On

    Monday, November 9, 2015

    Hi Tesselators!

    It’s been a few weeks since the last This Week in Tessel – time for an update! We’ve been hard at work on the Tessel repos, building and growing the project.

    Shipping Timeline

    As many of you know, FCC testing has been a challenge for us, particularly reconclining our local hardware test setups with those of our FCC testing counterparts overseas (does “it worked on my computer” sound familiar? Even worse with hardware and a language barrier). But we have an end in sight! Seeed Studio expects us to have results from FCC testing back by Friday, November 27th.

    Once FCC certification is passed, sourcing the components will take up to 6 weeks. We expect at that point to start producing in batches of 500/week. As of now, we expect the first shipments out in mid-January.

    Please get in touch if the new date is an issue for you, and we’ll see what we can do: support@tessel.io.

    Get excited

    We’ve already built most of the Tessel Start experience for the Tessel 2 - give yourself a tour! We’ve also released a set of preliminary Tessel 2 docs to tessel.io/docs.

    We’re also excited to have finished open sourcing literally all of our repos, including (at long last) our website, tessel.io. Now, if you find something broken there, please submit an issue on Github, or better yet, send a pull request!

    Get involved

    Interested in helping build Tessel 2? We have two links for wonderful contributors like you:

    1. Tessel’s Slack so you can ask us questions and get help getting started
    2. The “Hardware Not Required” tag on our T2-CLI repo where you can build functionality and get familiar with Tessel before your Tessel 2 ships

    Welcome to the team

    Just taking a quick moment to call attention to all the people who have joined our growing volunteer contributor team. We’re happy to have you!

    New members from the last few months:

    Ravi Teja | Donovan Buck | Will Prater | Dave Nugent | Kevin Sidwar | Nicholas van de Walle | Daniel Bunzendahl | Amos King | Julian Cheal

    With love,
    The Tessel Project

    #tessel hardware community shipping

  • This Week in Tessel: Shipping timeline update and more

    Sunday, September 6, 2015

    Hello again Tesselators! This Week in Tessel is where we highlight the latest news, projects, and events, from code, to community, to hardware manufacturing.

    Shipping update: We just had a check-in on timeline, and there’s good news and bad news. The good news is we’re not blocked anymore; the bad news is we have to push back our estimated timeline on shipping Tessel 2 by a few months.

    We think we have a software fix in for the FCC certification issue that has been blocking us, as well as a hardware fix for a CE certification. The fixes are currently in testing, and we should hear back next week about the results.

    Since the CE issue fix requires new hardware components for static shielding, Tessel 2 requires another board revision (2 weeks). These revised boards will then be sent in again for FCC and CE certification. This takes 2-4 weeks.

    Pending full certifications, it will then take another 6 weeks or so to ramp up into full manufacturing. That means our current estimated ship date for Tessel 2 is revised to late November.

    If you need to update your order or address, you can access your order through Celery.

    Continued development: Meanwhile, on the software side, we’re continuing to build and improve on the command line interface for Tessel 2, which is now published to NPM. T2’s firmware also continues to grow. As always, you’re welcome to get involved.

    From the community: Featured projects this week are an alarmbot with IR and Voxbone and a promising Neopixel project. Thanks for sharing what you’ve made!

    Dojo foundation news: We’re also excited to see this public announcement that the jQuery and Dojo foundations are merging– here’s to the open web.

    That’s all for this week! Feel free to submit to the next newsletter. In the meantime, see you online.

    With love,
    The Tessel Project

    #twit #this week in tessel #update #updates #shipping #tessel #tessel project #dojo foundation #jquery foundation

  • This week in Tessel: First batch of Tessel 2, OpenWRT issues, Python, and more

    Sunday, August 16, 2015

    Hello again Tesselators! This Week in Tessel is where we highlight the latest news, projects, and events, from code, to community, to hardware manufacturing.

    Hardware and shipping update: We received our first manufacturing batch of 91 Tessels and are very satisfied with the result. Our growing list of Team Members have and started ramping up on PRs, issues, and projects.

    FCC Issues Blocking Release: We have a software issue preventing us from completing FCC certification. We’re working actively to solve this, as this blocks us from shipping Tessel. Read more about it on our tracking issue. If you have OpenWRT experience, we’d love your help! Reach out to team@technical.io.

    Module Selection: If you pre-ordered a Tessel 2, surveys for module selection went out on July 16th. If you never got that email, please contact [support@tessel.io](mailto:support@tessel.io.

    Python on Tessel: We’ve started a Tessel Python Working Group. Interested in Python, Tessel, or IoT? Reach out to @timcameronryan on Twitter.

    In other news: We’re on Reddit! Visit /r/Tessel, if that’s your thing.

    New Projects: eiriksm has been tracking beer fermentation and published tessel-plops-logger and tessel-temp-logger

    Events: Coming up on August 16th (this Sunday), Hardware Hacking with FirefoxOS, Tessel 2 & Rust is happening in Leonie-Reygers-Terrasse, Dortmund.

    Thanks for reading! Submit to the next This Week in Tessel with your projects, or tweet us at @technicalhumans.

    The Tessel Project team

    #this week in tessel #twit #python #tessel #tessel 2 #openwrt #fcc

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