Qi Hardware Weekly Update 7 and 8/2010
From the Qi Hardware Development List Wolfgang Spraul says:
(David: I will post to discussion as well in the future)
the most important update first:
---1 Ben NanoNote shipping!
Please go to http://nanonote.cc and order one :-) Yes, we made it. As of today, the Ben NanoNote is shipping and in stock, in Hong Kong, Europe and India. We have already successfully shipped devices to Canada, the US,Switzerland and other countries in recent days.So it really works! :-)
As I'm sure all readers of this mailing list know, real work is only starting now. Oh well. Theoretically it could be a great device: It could be a music and video player, dictionary, offline wiki reader, calculator,dictation device, PIM, open street map, and so much more.Practially it's not yet, but hey, there is hope I think. It's called free software. We will see...
We currently have distributors in the EU (not Switzerland) as well as India.We are looking for more distributors, for example in North and South America,Russia, South Africa, Australia, etc.
I think because of the Ben pricepoint, margins and volume there is no way helping us as a distributor will make anybody rich right now. So our chance is to find enthousiasts who see and believe in the big picture, are willing to stock a few Nanos, and then work with us on selling them in their country.
Which leads us right to the next way to buy:
---3 group sales
I just created a new page page http://en.qi-hardware.com/
... 248 Ben NanoNote sold as of today (quite of few of those still with distributors), 752 to go until first batch is finished
... NanoNote EU trademark registered January 26, 2010 (#8525719)
... Patents: Qi Hardware holds no patents, doesn't want to spend time applying for patents, and generally will just work around any patent that someone waves in front of us with a large enough legal stick.
I'd say that's enough for today, our big focus now is:
1) sell more Bens
2) better software
3) better marketing
Cheers, thanks for all the help and support and good wishes we got so far!
Stay with us,