Friday, October 23, 2015

An #Outsider Newsflash On Our #Kickstarter-Backed Projects

It has been an interesting 24 hours as we have been assessing on-going development with our Kickstarter-Backed projects.  We have just received the following updates which we wanted to report on as we eagerly await the arrival of the products:  



Mission unicorn horn completed! Thank you!
Posted by John McLear
You did it again, you gorgeous superstars! 

Thank you!

Special thanks to the Kickstarter community, NFC Ring community, NFC Ring ambassadors and all project contributors (of which there are too many to list). It's been a bit of a rollercoaster over these last few weeks, but you helped us sprint over the line and even managed to unlock a stretch goal in the last moments!

So what's next?

Tomorrow we will put out an update with a guide for how to get your ring size.  Please don't message us with your ring size. We will send a Survey for you to provide your ring size.
The "I want it now rings" will ship Monday morning, we will need your ring size over the weekend to get them shipped on time.
We will be putting out an update in a few days to talk about the Helios inlay cover options, this will be community decided, if you want to share some thoughts on it please share them here!



C.H.I.P. Does Computer Things!!! (aka Debian on C.H.I.P.)
Posted by Next Thing Co.
With December deadlines in sight, it's about time C.H.I.P. does computer things!
Debian means we are go for GUI (graphical user interface).  GUI means we are go for computer things!  (and super slick projects like Ruxpin too)
Wynter shows off C.H.I.P. GUI which is an excess of acronyms.Wynter shows off C.H.I.P. GUI which is an excess of acronyms.

Our Software Doges, Alex, Wynter and Andrew, have been hacking away to flash Debian to our tiny little 9 dollar computers. And now it's here, in all its flashable glory! 
Calling all Kernel Hackers and CHIP-SDKers!  Start your adventures with Debian on C.H.I.P. at orGitHub
Keep in mind, this is our first C.H.I.P. Debian build, so while everything may not be perfect just yet, we're hard at work to get it there. Love release notes? Check out something resembling such on!
Alex and Wynter both love flashing and talking about flashingAlex and Wynter both love flashing and talking about flashing


What’s in a name? A C.H.I.P. OS by any other name would boot just as sweet...right?  We say why the heck shouldn't we give it a sweet name?!
We're calling on you C.H.I.P.sters!  What should we call your Debian on C.H.I.P.?  Tweet us your suggestions at@nextthingco using #CHIPDebian! (there may be a super secret prize for the winner...)
The software team, an important part of the jury, waiting to be impressed.The software team, an important part of the jury, waiting to be impressed.


They Live!  The forums are frothing with knowledge, know-how and nonsense (of the kind most fun!).  Shout out to our SuperHackers renzomrIowaIowasoderstrom & nbastin, who collectively and successfully hacked Debian onto C.H.I.P.before our flashing tools were available!  Join them and the growing conversation at!  
For documentation, including new Debian tutorials,
Stalk us on Twitter!  We love sharing C.H.I.P. progress and showering tweeters with GIFs.  We're @nextthingco and we love hearing about your C.H.I.P. plans (and your suggested C.H.I.P. OS names!)
A sample NTC tweet, full of encouragement.A sample NTC tweet, full of encouragement.


Currently, we’ve only shipped Alpha C.H.I.P.s to those who backed at the kernel hacker reward level (we call them KHBs - Kernel Hacker Backers). Stand alone C.H.I.P. pledges begin shipping in December (soon. very soon) and continue through March with PocketC.H.I.P.s and display adapters shipping by May of 2016.  We are still on track to meet our estimated shipping timelines! 
If you’re curious when your reward is estimated to ship, check your pledge on Kickstarter. 
Moved recently? Moving soon? Update your address anytime at Forgetful? No worries! We’ll send an address confirmation email 2-3 days before we ship your C.H.I.P.(s). 
Jonesing for another C.H.I.P.? Sign up for the preorder announcement at!
mmmtc (much much more to come)
(⌐■_■) - everyone at NTC (especially Alex)
Alex flashing C.H.I.P.s, as he is all out of bubblegum.

Alex flashing C.H.I.P.s, as he is all out of bubblegum.

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