Hi Minuum supporters,
We’ve shipped out your magnets and t-shirts! We had a long and tiresome day of packing envelopes, and our piles of t-shirts and magnets were quite a sight to behold. If you live in Canada or the US, you can expect them to arrive sometime next week, and if you live elsewhere in the world you can expect them about a week after that, depending on your postal service.
We’ve recently been sending out occasional emails from email@example.com, so if you haven’t been getting those, please check your spam folders. That’s also the best email address to reach us at if you have any additional questions or concerns.
If you’re one of the few supporters who hasn’t responded to choose a t-shirt size, we haven’t shipped you a t-shirt yet, so please let us know!
You’ll all certainly be craving your Minuum Android beta version, which we’ll have available for download in about two weeks.
We’ve reached the end of our campaign! Thanks to you, the Minuum keyboard project is a reality.
We really can’t thank you all enough for your enthusiasm and support, and we’ll continue working around the clock to get our first beta version ready for you to use as soon as possible!
Now, many of you are looking forward to your Minuum swag (t-shirts and magnetic poetry), so we’ll be sending out a survey within the next few days to confirm your mailing address, figure out what size and style of t-shirt you want, and to double-check that you’re actually getting the perk that matches your funding level! Plus, if you’re getting a shout-out on our website, we’ll be confirming what information you’d like us to post.
It’ll take a couple of weeks to get the t-shirts ordered and printed after we tally up all of your sizing requests, so you can expect to have them arrive at your doorsteps sometime in May. Don’t worry – we’ll make sure that you have them in time to wear while typing with Minuum!
We’re into our final week, which means that we’re ready to give you a sneak preview of our t-shirts! We’ll be sending out a survey at the end of the campaign to get information about your size, colour (black or blue), and style (american apparel, either unisex or women’s fitted) preferences.
If you’ve donated a small amount, and are interested in upgrading
your perk, you can donate the remainder (from the same email address) and simply choose to receive the upgraded perk by telling us on the survey that we’ll be sending out. For example, if you donated $5 and wish to upgrade to the $50 perk, you only need to donate $45 more.
Thanks again for all of your support!
We’ve reached our stretch goal of $60,000!!!
Thanks to Indiegogo for featuring us as their campaign of the day! Also, by popular demand, we’ve created both Facebook and Google+ pages for you to like and share:
This has all been made possible thanks to supporters like you!
The past week has been absolutely incredible. Thanks to your efforts to spread the word, we’ve been covered by hundreds of blogs and media around the globe, and our videos have been seen on YouTube a total of nearly 1 million times!
Now that we’re approaching our $60,000 stretch goal, we want to take a moment to reflect on what we hope to do with our wearable development kit (WDK). Many of you are supporting us because you’re looking forward to trying out the first beta release of our Minuum keyboard app for Android in June. But many more of you are even more excited about the future of typing that our simplified technology will enable – on all mobile devices, wearable and otherwise.
There are an unlimited number of ways that typing on a one-dimensional keyboard can let you type anywhere, or with anything (such as game controllers, watches, etc.). But each of these ways to type might be better suited to different users, in different situations. We won’t have the resources to develop and manufacture every single one of these devices, so we’re instead empowering the community to easily create personalized keyboards to share with the world. Our wearable development kit will allow people like you (that’s right, you!) to create whatever kind of keyboard you want, as easily as we showed at the end of our video. We’ve already heard great feedback about how people are looking ahead to building keyboards into their clothing, accessories, phone cases, or furniture, and to changing lives by developing custom keyboards for users with motor impairments. As the community works through this evolutionary process of developing and refining new ways to type, we’ll reach the best possible future of mobile typing imaginable, together.
And now the technical details: we’ll take care of all the work that will go into communicating between your custom keyboard device and your phone or computer, and we’ll do all the messy work of turning your imprecise typing into what you meant to say. You’ll be able to connect your custom keyboard via Bluetooth, Wi-fi, or USB, which will most often involve simply building your keyboard around an Arduino. We’ll release all of the code that makes this communication possible, so the community will be free to build and improve upon different ways of interpreting information from different kinds of sensors and transmitting it to our sloppy typing interpreter.
We’ll keep you posted with more updates, soon. Thanks,
Minuum Wearable Development Kit