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Pal Strap - GPS & Extended Battery Strap For Pebble

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Pal Strap - GPS & Extended Battery Strap For Pebble
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1,446 backers pledged $124,161.00 on Kickstarter

Pal is a revolutionary GPS and battery extender smartstrap for Pebble Time, Pebble Time Steel and Pebble Time 2

Raised in Kickstarter
$124,161.00 / 1,446 backers
Raised in BackerKit
$6,122.00 / 64 backers

Latest Updates from Our Project:

Pal website updated with pre-order channel setup
about 1 year ago – Fri, Sep 02, 2016 at 12:27:21 AM

Dear all supporters,


We hope you all had an enjoyable summer. We definitely enjoyed ours, it was productive, busy and fruitful!


We have many exciting updates this time and here we go!


Website

Our website palstrap.com is updated. More importantly we have setup a pre-order channel at Backerkit - http://palstrap.backerkit.com/hosted_preorders   We had quite a few people asking about ordering and we are very excited to offer pre-orders now. Please help spread the news to friends who missed the Kickstarter campaign window, it’s not too late!


Production Update

Production tooling is in fabrication. We have gone through 2 full months of detail design review with factory. We believe our latest GPS chipset and antenna arrangement will give an even better signal reception. The latest hardware also makes AGPS possible, though we need to get through some challenges related to firmware / access to AGPS database, etc.


We combined tooling for Pal and Pal-T2 as much as possible. Pal will have a nicer appearance than the original strap shown in our video. We have eliminated the step between the 6 o’clock GPS antenna and the soft strap, meaning it will have the same good-looking strap appearance as Pal-T2.

We estimate the delivery schedule of Pal will be slightly delayed to late November, and delivery of Pal-T2 for Time 2 remains Feb next year.


We are working hard to make this happen and making sure to provide the best quality in our straps. Please note that we put our original backers as top priority and we will ship your items first when the time comes. Thanks for your patience.


Watch Shipment 

For those who backed combo with Pebble Time / Time Steel, we expect shipment from Pebble to us next week. Upon receiving them we will send them out in no time.


Thanks again for your support, we wish you all a great weekend ahead!


Cheers,

David and The Pal Team

Pal survey 95% done. Please respond if you haven't done so.
over 1 year ago – Mon, Aug 08, 2016 at 10:14:27 AM

Dear Pal Supporters,

I hope you are having a great summer time!  We have been working as hard as we have been.  No lazy time.

The survey of Pal is almost complete.  We still have some backers not yet responding to our survey.  We are following with them individually to complete the exercise.  If you are one of them, please respond and help us wrap up the information collection process.

For those who backed us combo with Pebble Time watches, we have consolidated the watches quantity and is arranging with Pebble the logistics.  Hopefully it won’t take long.

Lots of our efforts were spent on liaising with manufacturing partner for Pal.  We have finally lined up with a very experienced factory which is strong in manufacturing and testing GPS products.  We are in a stage to refine design for better manufacturability.  Time is tight but we shall keep the target.

Some good progress on the technical side.  We may be able to include AGPS function in Pal.  If we can finally achieve so, we can much reduce the initial GPS log time from 1 minute to 10 seconds!    Let’s keep our finger crossed!

So much for now and we shall keep you updated regularly.

 

Regards,

David and The Pal Team

Survey Arrangement + Refund of Pal-TR and Pal-P2
over 1 year ago – Wed, Jul 13, 2016 at 05:48:50 PM

@All Pebble and Pal Supporters:

Thanks again for your support.  We have been working non-stop since the end of the campaign.

We have been following lots of post-campaign logistics, such as setting up purchase window for those who just missed the campaign offer, discussion with logistic partners etc. We have spent most efforts in touching up our design and discussing with manufacturing partners. We noticed questions and comments related to color choices and arrangement of survey etc. We are handling them step by step and hopefully we are giving you better visibility through this update.

1) A bad news first. We have announced last week to backers on Pal-TR (for Time Round) and Pal-P2 (for Pebble 2) that we are refunding their pledges. We didn't get enough pledges towards these two models to make manufacture feasible. Non-mass production method would yield only sub-par product which we don’t want. It was a tough decision to decide refunding to backers. Emails to backers have been sent out and refund shall be completed within the next few days.

2) We are working on the survey. Sorry that this is not coming as fast as many of you expecting. We need to settle the Pal-TR and Pal-P2 refund arrangement first. The design of the survey is also a bit complicated as we are offering 2 versions of Pals (Pal & Pal-T2) with different delivery time, and we are also offering Pebble watches --  all of which have many different colors to select. We will be conducting survey on rewards with Pebble watches first. This shall be done within the coming 2 weeks. Survey of the Pal and Pal-T2 will come later. Please let us work step by step. Sorry to keep you waiting and thanks for your patience.

David & The Pal Team

Thank you!!
over 1 year ago – Thu, Jun 30, 2016 at 03:40:14 PM

It's unbelievable that today has arrived! Thank you so much for your support from the bottom of our hearts! We are taking a few days to get some very much needed sleep and then will start sending out the surveys early next week. We will continue to answer questions and make updates on progress as well. We can't wait to get started on getting your Pebbles a Pal!

In the spirit of making your Pebble watch the best it can be, wanted to share with you a campaign run by friends (or pals, if you will) of ours that have a great charging dock for Pebble Time. They have a Kickstarter going on now, click here to check them out!

TimeDock Charging Dock Time

TimeDock is the best way to charge Pebble Time. TimeDock’s proven, reliable, design is crafted in high-quality materials, such as powerful magnets, which hold the watch so you can use it while charging. Have you ever picked up your Pebble only to find it’s not charged because the charging cable was bumped off? With TimeDock, it will always be ready when you are.

Check out TimeDock on Kickstarterhttps://www.kickstarter.com/projects/microfacturing/timedock-pebble-time-2-and-pebble-2-charging-dock    

TimeDock with Pebble Time 2
TimeDock with Pebble Time 2

 

 

TimeDock with Pebble 2
TimeDock with Pebble 2

 

 

Get ready for new Pal launch for Pebble 2 and Time 2 in the next 24-36 hours
over 1 year ago – Wed, Jun 29, 2016 at 06:56:09 AM

Dear Pal Supporters,

We will start offering new Pal for Pebble 2 and Pebble Time 2 in the next 24 - 36 hours.  (End of Tues / beginning of Wed - US time zones).  Please stay alert for the early bird offers.

David Yeung

Creator of Pal