Monthly Archives: September 2013

HAPIfork Beta Units Shipped! Plus 10 Photos Straight from the Labs :-)

Exciting news! We are HAPI to announce that the beta version HAPIforks have shipped out from the factory to our beta testers this week!

The HAPILABS Team and Slow Control — the company that provides the HAPIfork technology– have been hard at work these past months, making sure that everything is in order with your devices, and HAPI applications. We’re now at the final stages of preparing for the HAPIfork and we are HAPI to share some snapshots of the latest events with you!

1. Edd, Phil and Chris from the HAPILABS Team are enjoying their first meal in China with the beta version HAPIfork.

2. Chris and Edd from the HAPILABS Team together with Ray from the HAPIfork Factory are testing the fork’s latest firmware.

3. A first look at the new HAPIfork travel case that is very light to carry around. For hygienic considerations, it is made of a special PP plastic .

4. HAPIfork Factory: Testing connectivity on each fork. All is working very well with latest Apple tablet!

5. HAPIfork Factory: Assembling the fork and putting the O-ring on the HAPIfork’s head to secure its water resistance.

6. HAPIfork Factory: Putting together the beta-test HAPIfork; the Quick Start Guide and other reading materials can be found inside the travel case.

7. HAPIfork Factory: Wrapping the HAPIfork final package units with protective plastic films. Just before shipping.

8. Leandro from the HAPILABS’ Web Team currently working on the latest updates on the Online Dashboard.

9. Karen from HAPILABS Design Team is finalizing the HAPIfork User Manual that will be available for download in PDF format

10. Arne from the HAPILABS mobile Team is fine-tuning the HAPIfork app that will be available to Bluetooth Smart Ready devices (on iPhone and Android).

We hope you enjoyed the latest news from the Labs! Until our next update! Have a HAPI day!

The HAPILABS Team

CEO Update: HAPIfork Shipped to Kickstarter Beta Testers!

Hello HAPI backers !

I am so HAPI today to announce that we have just shipped HAPIforks to all our Kickstarter beta testers this week!

If you are a beta tester, you should have already heard from your HAPI Buddy (it may have even been me) that you should expect your HAPIfork in a few days. YEEES it is coming. 🙂

And it is now somewhere between Shenzhen (China) and the USA or Europe or Australia.

The HAPI Buddies and I are personally calling and emailing daily our beta testers to get their valuable feedback. We want to make sure that the whole HAPI experience is seamless when we launch to the general public and we hope to be ready for the Christmas Season.

And we’re just getting the ball rolling.

In just a few more days, on October 1 we will also be shipping the HAPIfork to our thousands of HAPI Kickstarter backers. And 3 weeks after that, if everything goes well and we have the validation from our community which is key for me, the HAPIfork will be available for ret ail on our website at HAPI.com internationally, exclusively through Brookstone retail stores and Brookstone.com in the US, and through Aujourdhui.com in France.

We’re slightly behind our original projected schedule, but this only brought about improvements that you, the users, can enjoy (check the previous blog entry for the details).

It’s going to be a VERY busy month for the HAPILABS Team and Slow Control–the company responsible for the HAPIfork technology–in the lead-up to the retail launch, and at the same time, it’s very exciting to be working with such a dedicated and enthusiastic team all around the world.

I’d like to leave you with some HAPI news: here is a shot from the HAPI team’s meeting yesterday, with the announcement that the iOS7 HAPI apps are up and running. 🙂ceo1

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And I hope to bring you even HAPIer news when I check in again next month. 🙂 I thank you all for being a part of the HAPI revolution. Together, let’s EAT healthier, LOVE better, and LIVE longer!

Stay HAPI,
Fabrice

The latest news from the LABS and factory!

Hello HAPI Backers!

We realized that we’ve been keeping you waiting for the latest update on your rewards. Well, we wanted the news to be good, so we are taking advantage of our visit to the factory near Hong Kong this weekend to post this update along with a few pictures.

First off, we would like to thank you again for your contribution in creating a brand-new device that has the potential to change the way people eat all around the world.

In the past few months we at HAPILABS, with Slow Control, the company responsible for the HAPIfork technlogy, have made tremendous progress toward making the HAPIfork better, slimmer, and more elegant. We believe that we are very near our mechanical goal. Better yet, based on the messages we received from our last update, we believe you are quite HAPI too! 🙂

The last big hurdle is perfecting the software of the HAPIfork. We realized here that we absolutely need the help of our beta-testers and Kickstarter backers to take us across the finish line. It’s a massive challenge, but we know that with your help, we can get there.

You may all remember that the HAPIfork that it did not start its life this way. You see, the HAPIfork uses a capacitive sensor that forms a closed loop to detect each fork serving that’s brought to the mouth. As the concept evolved, we discovered that we needed to filter out false signals, such as a knife, plate or other utensil or food that may also close the capacitive loop.

The answer came in the form of heavy algorithms, powerful processors, and motion sensors that continuously work in the background to filter these false fork servings and produce a seamless user experience.

We have been working on these programs and algorithms for quite some time now and all the tests so far have been very encouraging. The last piece that we need to finalize before going to production is the firmware that will fit most people’s way of eating with the HAPIfork.

The HAPI Team has been working especially hard this summer, focusing on many crucial points including fork sensitivity and the many filters to dismiss the false fork servings one may encounter during a regular meal.

Believe it or not, but people hold and use their forks in very different ways, so it’s critical that we take into account actual users’ experience to improve the HAPIfork’s firmware so that it fits all possible eating behaviors and postures. This isn’t an easy job and we really need your help in the form of your feedback.

What’s coming now and what’s coming next?

This week, we moved on the HAPIfork Pilot Run production and we will ship the first HAPIforks to our beta-testers this month. This will come with the Mobile App and Online Dashboard so you may check your stats and view your progress.

With the HAPI beta-testers’ early support and feedback on the device and the online platform, we’ll be able to fine-tune the HAPIfork settings before shipping it to all Kickstarter Backers this October. Since we have initially set the timing of the delivery in September, we sincerely apologize for the delay and thank you for your understanding.

We made necessary adjustments in the schedule to ensure a positive first HAPIfork experience for all of you when it is delivered to your door. Above all, it is important to us that you are HAPI with the rewards you will receive and are eager to help us improve it.

We are now on the homestretch and we hope we have your continued support!

Have a HAPI day,

The HAPILABS Team

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This update was originally posted on Kickstarter on September 14, 2013.