Nihao Eve Family!
As I have promised in our official FAQ thread we had a product workshop today in which we discussed current project schedule and questions that popped up during order confirmation process.
Without further ado I’ll jump into topics we discussed and decisions we made.
I have mentioned it before but would like to get back to this question. We think all the backers and community members should know what stage we are at and how the delivery dates looks like. I, personally, really dislike when companies provide unclear shipping timelines
Our team has reviewed the timeline today and things look good! We are on track to deliver Vs during promised Feb-March time frame.
Right now Vs are in certification stage (CE, FCC, CCC, and other country specific certifications ) that is conducted by 3rd parties. As we are shipping to many countries we have a lot of certificates to get and as a result this process takes a lot of time to complete.
In order to mitigate possibility of delays we used money raised during the Indiegogo to purchase V components.
Additionally in our view big delays (more than a month) are not foreseeable.
Despite the fact that things are looking good now there is always a chance of slight schedule slippage
In our view there are 2 things that can cause it.
- Certification authorities taking longer than expected to certify devices
- During community test device review some unknown bugs are found that can’t be easily fixed by software update.
People who purchased Limited bird perk will receive their device approximately 1 month after first 500 devices are produced and shipped to Hyper Early Bird backers.
Also I would like to remind you that:
We will not send out review units to press or Youtubers nor will we open our online sales again before early backers receive their Vs! So delivering on time is our team’s top priority!
2. Keyboard Layouts
One of the hottest issues is localization of V keyboard. As we have previously mentioned it is quite a tricky thing to do from manufacturing stand point for small volumes (small = less than 1000 keyboards per language).
Below are answers to popular questions:
When will we see localized layout for V keyboard?
@iKirin and @Mike will kick off community threads per each layout confirming with community members from those countries that it’s the layout they want. The goal is to lock down all of the current layouts next week.
What if my layout was not available as an add on?
Our recommendation is for you to take the layout that is closest to your desired one. After a long review of this issue we think that as we managed to get so many layouts confirmed with our vendor adding couple more should not be a problem. But we cant promise anything yet. We will need to wait for Chinese New Year holiday to end first. If all is good we will notify you about new layout availability through community or email newsletter. So in the best case you will get layout you want in the worst case you will have layout closest to your desired one. Remember we will do everything we can to get what community needs!
What about Fn functions, Alt Gr and other function keys?
Based on the discussion thread started by @iKirin we have compiled a list of desired functions that looks like this:
Move existing functions:
- 'Insert' from F10+Fn to Delete+Fn
- 'Toggle Keyboard Brightness' from F11+Fn to F10+Fn
- 'AltGr' as default-key right beside the keyboard
- 'Menu' as AltGr+Fn
- 'Fn-Lock' (only affecting F1-F12) to Esc+Fn (Indicator needed?)
- 'WiFi on/off' to F11+Fn (possible?) - If not have 'Sleep'
- 'Touchpad on/off' to Win+Fn
AltGr should be present on all layouts (as people seem to want it) just where we right now have the "Menu"-Key.
Menu would be reachable via a Fn-Combination (see proposed functions)
Proposed functions (all Fn combinations):
x Esc: Toggle Fn-Lock (only affecting F1-F12)
- F1: Lower Screen Brightness
- F2: Increase Screen Brightness
- F3: Mute
- F4: Lower Volume
- F5: Increase Volume
- F6: Previous Track
- F7: Play/Pause
- F8: Next Track
- F9: PrintScreen
x F10: Toggle Keyboard Brightness
x F11: Toggle WiFi (if possible) or Sleep
- F12: Toggle Bluetooth
- ▽: Toggle Backlight Color
x AltGr: Menu
x Left Arrow: Home
x Right Arrow: End
x Up Arrow: Page Up
x Down Arrow: Page Down
x Win: Touchpad on/off
We will await for our supplier response after Chinese New Year and confirm it back to you submitting picture of final layout.
We received plenty of questions asking the exact specs of some of the cables and adapters that are available through BackerKit. We will double check them with suppliers immediately after Chinese New Year and get back to you.
Currently the hottest items were:
- HDMI adapter Specs
- Cable speeds and other relevant specs
We will compile all of the items above along with other accessories into a list. And provide members with the spec sheet.
4. Community review units
Community review units will be sent out in Mid February. Community members will get access to test units before press and/or YouTubers (They will get it week before we kick off our sales again).
Challenge winners will be first to receive review devices.
We will keep you posted on unit delivery schedule and steps you need to take to participate in review program.
Some of the users asked us about possibility of combining shipments or sending items separately. We are now in discussion with our shipping partner and will notify you about how it would go as soon as we get confirmation from our partner.
Thats about it dudes! Thank you for everything!