We have been drowning in work since our Kickstarter campaign ended (which is actually the whole year!), so we had no time for the blog – sorry for that! We are very close to deliver the Kickstarter rewards to our backers, so it is time to revive the blog, and give you a short summary about what happened in the last 10 months and also about our plans for the future. Let’s get started!
The Kickstar campaign was an emotional rollercoaster with it’s ups and downs. During these 30 days we learnt a lot about Kickstarter, what kind of product you would really like to have, and most importantly, we learnt lot about ourselves working as a team. We want to send a HUGE “Thank You!” to our backers, who trusted and supported us during the campaign. It really meant a world to us!
Some of you have asked us, what is the secret sauce that our Kickstarter was a success, while bunch of similar projects fail(ed). It is hard to tell, but I think that most important factor is the transparency. We always tried to communicate our progress with all our obstacles and setbacks. We wanted to give all backers a clear view about the project (sometimes we failed to do it, to be honest) to avoid them to feel to be scammed – for me, that’s the worst that could happen.
We finished the campaign with almost 20 000 $ and 30 backers
After the Kickstarter campaign we jumped into mass production. We thought we have all the prerequisites for mass-production, and we will be ready within 2 or 3 weeks so than we could start the testing period. We were sooooo wrong!
Components were out of stock, suppliers were super-late, production of some components were cancelled (forever!), thus we had to redesign the circuit / hardware modules. We were counting on some setbacks but not this much! Finally it took almost 4 months to produce the circuits / hardware modules.
Till this time all the modules have arrived, so we started the testing period. Check out these beauties:
The first 50 units of the AquaShield Control Module
Due to the delay, we had more time to work on AquaShield Connect, which is tha AquaShield’s operational system. Eventually now AquaShield has much more functions, than it has with the original concept. We made quite a complex system (yet easy to use), that could make your life more easier.
Testing (and bug-fixing) the whole system is a remaining task, that we are actually working on. The AquaShield could be preordered in 4 configurations at the Kickstarter campaign, so it is necessary to test all configurations before shipping. According to our plans we will deliver the product in 4-8 weeks (from now).
We had backers from all over the world, even so we will have to find a shipping company to deliver our products. This will be the last puzzle piece, and the end of our journey regarding to Kickstarter.
Beside the Kickstarter campaign, we are just getting started. We got some real valuable feedbacks and plenty of questions in the last 10 months, about sensors and functions that which you would love to have in your AquaShield.
We are focusing on these topics:
– peristaltic pumps and controllers to balance PH in hydroponics
– CO2 sensor
– soil moisture sensor
– salinity sensor (for sea water aquariums)
– new modules with additional relays (+16)
Moreover we are planning to expand our product line with the following sensors:
Beside the functions more areas of use came up by now (next to aquaponics and hydroponics), so we are planning to produce dedicated AquaShields for the following fields.
Monitoring and controlling for
– sea water aquariums
– koi ponds
– shrimps and crawls
– aquariums and terrariums
– moss walls!
These ideas came from YOU! It seems, that AquaShield could have a lot of undiscovered areas of use. It’s awesome!
We alredy started to experiment with different applications for AquaShield: AquaScaping could be one of these
You can bet on it! Every backers will receive their AquaShield within the next 2 months (until the end of this year) so the first live tests will start. We have a lot of new ideas for the AquaShield Version 3, however, we want to take into consideration your experiences and suggestions. We are very interested about your feedback, whether it’s positive or not.
We promise, we won’t slow down, and we already planning to launch the pre-order of AquaShield V3. If you don’t want to miss it, please subscribe to our newsletter and we promise to keep you always updated.