As we are getting close to launching our Kickstarter campaign, we thought we would answer two of the most asked questions 🙂
With Remote Two, we have been aiming for the highest quality. We did not want to compromise on materials or features. We have spent a lot of time finding the right partners, ordering samples to see who can make the parts with our desired finish and specifications. We were determined to design a remote that stands out. Something that looks good, but packed with features as well. We locked in to get a high resolution OLED display, to achieve deep blacks and nice colors. We added all the features we could think of to have a solid base of hardware that we can build great software on.
We had this crazy idea, to manufacture our first larger scale product in Europe. Oh boy, it was indeed crazy, but not impossible! We're really close to finalizing all the details, but it looks like we can make it happen! Even though some parts will travel from various parts of the world, the final assembly and manufacturing - hopefully - will take place in Europe. This makes it easier for us to do quality control and be there anytime we want at the production facility.
How much will it cost?
I know everybody is eager to know the price of Remote Two. Our target was to have it under €400. We have spent a significant amount of time calculating how we can make this sustainable. We don't just want to sell some remotes and call it a day. We are plannig for long term. We would like to provide frequent software updates, introduce new features and add new integrations. Coming up with a price was not an easy task, as we had to consider all the above, but we came closer and the price will be between €360 and €400 (incl. VAT in EU) for Kickstarter. Considering that it's similar to what other remotes went for - while they were manufactured - we think it's a great price for all the features and value that comes with Remote Two. We will also be offering options to buy multiples for discounts and even a special customisation option.
When can I get one?
Remote Two is not a DIY kit anymore. We decided to build a proper, fully assembled product. But with this, comes the obligation to meet all requirements for selling a product. We need to get the necessary certifications, reporting, design and setup the manufacturing process, test production, fix any issues we encounter and then start scaling up and produce more and more remotes. These all take time, especially in today's world where we are facing a global chip shortage. Probably you have noticed that you cannot buy graphics cards, PS5 and other electronics products or you have to wait a long time to get them. Simply put, there are not enough chips and components to buy. This leads to longer wait times. We have planned around this and calculated it into our target shipping date. We will order and buy all the components as soon as we can and run tasks in parallel if possible, to speed things up. Our plan is to start shipping in batches, aligned with how components would arrive. Starting with backers who backed first and then in chronological order. With all this, we are estimating to start shipping in Q2 2022. If there was no pandemic, we could do it faster. We are keeping in touch with vendors and if something changes and we can save some time, we'll sure do it. But for now, our target is Q2 2022 for shipping to begin.
We will use that time to further develop the software and add as many features as we can. We are making this remote for you, so we'll be announcing a beta program as we're progressing to get your feedback and improve on things whenever we can. This way, a few of you could experience Remote Two early on and help us perfect it. 🙂
We are very close to launching our Kickstarter campaign. We are working on a new website and of course the campaign page that has a lot more information about Remote Two and its features. We are preparing a software roadmap, so you can follow which items are done, what we are working on, planned features etc. Maybe even with a voting system to prioritise certain items. We'd like to make the development process as transparent as possible. As a teaser, we will be focusing on a few home automation systems, like Home Assistant, Homey, OpenHab, and devices like Philips Hue and Sonos, next to the IR control, including IR learning. But we'll publish a more detailed list on the updated pages.
We can't wait to show you more of Remote Two and bring you along the journey of how we get it into production.
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