We’re overdue for a blog update, so here’s what we’ve been up to…
We’re just finishing the Grow calibration routines to the iOS app (Android will follow; but we develop first on iOS). This allows you to set a custom wet and dry point for your unique situation and soil type.
We’re also fixing the erroneous temperature readings — no more 800F tomatoes 🙂
The Android app has been a work-in-progress up until now. Unfortunately, the way we scan BLE services works on some Android platforms just fine (Nexus 4, for example) and becomes a miserable experience on others (Samsung S3 for example).
We’ve re-egineered how we scan for our devices, which is at juxtaposition to the way we do it on iOS, but at least it finds devices quickly — which is all that really matters at the end of the day. We’ve also made improvements to the functionality of the various devices to bring it closer to the iOS app.
We’re hoping to push this to Google Play in the next couple of weeks, assuming there’re no more pressing fires to deal with in the meantime.
Thermo and Leak
We still don’t have a quality shippable product for Thermo and Leak. The saga started when we had to add ESD protection diodes to meet EU safety requirements (8kV electrostatic discharge). The diodes had to be placed on the part of the PCB that’s external to the plastic case. Because of the way the PCB goes into the case, the diodes would pop off during assembly. We also found that hand soldering the 2.5mm jacks after the device case was assembled was becoming problematic.
So, we’ve taken a drastic measure to fix this: we redesigned the case for both products which also meant spinning new PCBs. This is no small endeavour in terms of effort and cost, but we feel strongly about trying to deliver a solid product. We at the mould tooling design part of the process and are trying to expedite this as quickly as possible.
The new casing allows for the 2.5mm jack to be within its walls (a better design). It’s a bit bigger than the last case to accommodate this, but the case is also tougher and better built. It’s more resistant to water and dust. And we listened to our backers; some of the improvements have been from feedback received on the original casing.
What does this mean to you? If you have Thermo or Leak in your Perk selections, your shipment is currently held until they’re available.
If you have Climate, Sentry or Grow only in your Perks and you’ve paid your shipping — you should or will have a shipping confirmation within the next week. We’re at the tail end of what’s currently shippable.
If you don’t already have product or a shipping confirmation, one of the following might be happening:
#1 Your shipping charge didn’t go through. We’ve noticed some weirdness with the Stripe cart that collects shipping payments. Contact us or try again.
#2 You never paid for your shipping. If you need a link to your personal page in the shipping app, contact us.
#3 You used a different email address in the Stripe cart to the one we have on file (the one that’s shown under your personal information on the shipping app page). This makes it virtually impossible for us to match things up. We wish the Stripe cart didn’t work this way, but it does. Contact us and we’ll fix it.
You may have heard that Grand St. is shutting down (they’re not accepting new orders). This will not effect any existing preorders and we’ve already started shipping them.