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