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Shipping out! - World's #1 best-selling Smart Wallet

Shipping out! - World's #1 best-selling Smart Wallet

Hi Backers!

This is one of the most exciting updates we have had in a long time. Judging from the comments everyone is extremely eager to receive their KS rewards and we are proud to say that production will be completed ahead of schedule!

Production update

  • KS Mass production is scheduled to be ready by next week Wednesday
  • As stated in previous updates we experienced some issues with the tracker PCBs supplied by our supplier. The firmware on the chips was not equivalent to the firmware we ordered and programmed our tracker cards for. This caused a two-week delay in the tracker production while all wallets were ready to ship out. Luckily we were able to resolve this issue and get back on track with production.
  • We have added an extra feature to the tracker cards which would prevent the cards to be limited to one device in it's lifetime. We have implemented a reset option which can be used in order to pair your tracker to a new device when you switch phones for example. This reset procedure can be found in our usermanual.

 

Shipping

  • Shipping is scheduled to start before the end of next week around the 20th of July. 
  • This means backers will be receiving their tracking codes anywhere between 20-27th of July depending on the carrier and country of destination. 
  • Shipping takes anywhere from 4-14 days depending on the location and the customs and you can keep track of your order at all times using your track & trace code.

 


 

Ekster Updates
We're starting our monthly blogs and newsletters in which we announce: sneak-peaks into new products, temporary discounts, company news, new reviews and many more interesting stories! If you want to be the first to know be sure to follow our social media pages here:

Facebook
Twitter
Instagram
Youtube


And sign up for our newsletter at www.ekster.com

Posted by Ekster Team on

Packaging update - World's #1 best-selling Smart Wallet

Packaging update - World's #1 best-selling Smart Wallet

We have new information from our tracker chip supplier. Since we returned the PCBs to be flashed at the supplier's factory in order to fix the previously mentioned defect, they have informed us that the batch they delivered has more issues that can cause product defects down the line. Seeing as we have just received this information we don't have much clarity on what exactly is the problem and we are on top of them 24/7. We presume that they may have to send over a brand new batch which may cause a slight delay.

For the timeline, this means that we did not receive the tracker chips on the correct day to ensure assembly in time for shipment on the 30th. We are hoping that this new batch will be delivered within a week which would mean we could start shipping out on the 15th of July. This would mean that instead of receiving it early/mid-July you will now receive it late-July. 

We sincerely apologize for this last minute hiccup and feel very bummed out seeing as we were actually ahead of schedule with all our in-house produced products and are now being held back by external stakeholders. Your wallets are still eagerly waiting to be shipped out!

As promised we will keep you updated every step of the way and will remain completely transparent about every change in the timeline as soon as we find out.

Posted by Ekster Team on

Production update - World's #1 best-selling Smart Wallet

Production update - World's #1 best-selling Smart Wallet

The light at the end of the tunnel is in sight! This update is dedicated to giving you insights into the successful production trip we just had in China and to clarifying the delivery schedule.

Firstly we'd like to express our excitement after receiving the reactions from our early products testers and lottery winners to their new Ekster 2.0 wallets. After several months of use the testers have had nothing but positive remarks. We have seen no defects and no red flags that could delay the production in any way. Even the Lottery winners have expressed to us personally how happy they are with their prize.

Production Update

  • Quality control for the first crowdfunding batch is completed. For both the cardholder and the leather components of the products we have found no significant issues. 

  • The cardholders are assembled in a dust free area allowing no dust to enter the mechanism or glue.

  • Tracker card quality control: Signal works as promised, Look/feel outstanding

  • We have experienced issues with the tracking  PCB firmware supplied by TrackR: We faced an issue that caused some tracking cards to start buzzing at random times. The cause of this was a glitch in the firmware supplied by our partner TrackR. After testing a previous firmware, this issue was eliminated and the issue was found. We are therefore reflashing all tracking PCBs back to the old firmware. This is expected to delay us by 1 week.

Posted by Ekster Team on

Start of Mass Production - World's #1 best-selling Smart Wallet

Start of Mass Production - World's #1 best-selling Smart Wallet

We are extremely thankful for everyone's elaborate feedback and have gotten quite some interesting results! If anyone is interested in hearing more about the results, feel free to reach out to us at nest@ekster.com. All of the tests are cleared, and we are ready to flip the switch starting mass production of the wallets. 

Production Update:

  • Final preparations to start Mass Production next week are ongoing
  • We will be traveling to China the first week of June
  • All resources from our suppliers have arrived at our factory except for the TrackR PCBs
  • Still on track with proposed time-line
  • Final Packaging samples are in!

Posted by Ekster Team on

China Trip update - World's #1 best-selling Smart Wallet

China Trip update - World's #1 best-selling Smart Wallet

We have some cool new developments we'd like to shoot your way. We're very excited as a team to get our hands dirty at the pre-production line and even more excited to send you our progress.

Backer Questions

  • Complete your Backerkit Survey! This is the LAST chance to claim our products at major discounts. After this, the prices will shoot up on our webshop. The survey has been sent to your inbox.
  • What is included with a Senate and what is a "Pocket Strap"? If you order a Senate WITH tracker you will receive the Senate cardholder with a pocket strap around it. This pocket strap has an extra card-slot on the back of the Senate to allow for a tracker card or any other card to be stored. If you order a Senate WITHOUT tracker then you will receive a Senate with a regular cash-strap. Both the pocket-strap and the cash-strap can be added to your order at KS discounts in the survey sent to you after the campaign ends.

Production Update

  • We're packing our bags for our trip to the factory! Very excited to see the results of the first pre-production and we'll make sure to keep a daily log of footage to keep you in the loop.
  • The first part of the tooling has been completed and delivered as promised to our factory.
  • The packaging design has been completed. We've designed a super slick matte black anti-scratch packaging of which we will send pictures in our next update.
  • When we receive the pre-production batch in China, these will go through extensive quality control and will be tested by us and by our QC team. These samples will then be distributed to a focus group which will be using it for several weeks to test it's daily use.

Posted by Ekster Team on

The leather update - World's #1 best-selling Smart Wallet

The leather update - World's #1 best-selling Smart Wallet

We're extremely excited about how well the Ekster 2.0 has been received by the Indiegogo community. Not only do we have countless returning customers from the Ekster 1.0, we've built up a new backer community of 1500 backers who believe in the 2nd Generation Ekster wallet.

Backer questions

  • As a result of our backer questionnaire in the previous update, we received many requests for a side-by-side comparison between the 1st generation and the 2nd generation Ekster Wallet. If you scroll down the campaign you'll find a detailed comparison!
  • Some people are still confused about what this "Solar Powered" feature means exactly. This is the first ever solar powered tracker card to date. It only requires 800 lux to charge at maximum capacity, meaning that it doesn't even need direct contact with sun-rays for a sufficient charge. (Broad daylight = 10,000 lux)  Ekster's tracker cards only require 3 hours of light to last a full month. All you need to do is take the tracker card out of the wallet once a month and leave it out to charge. 

Production Update

  • We've finalized the leather quality control and it's on its way to the factory.
  • Our final wallet samples are close to completion and ready for focus group testing in early March
  • The Ekster team will be heading to the Factory in Shenzhen early March to test and confirm these samples and get pre-production rolling.
  • We've made a strategic decision for the good of the product. We are switching to a new tracker partner: TrackR.  Why? One of our main concerns with the current solution is that there is no feature that allows the user to find their phone using their wallet. This is also a concern that has been voiced by the backers multiple times and it is a feature that only TrackR will be able to support. We feel that this feature is crucial and don't want to leave it out in our 2nd generation. Moreover, in this way we can make the tracking card actually completely removable. This means that the design of the wallet will not be affected by the integration of the tracker. We have been struggling with this decision for some time, but believe this is the only solution in order to make the product truly great.
  • We're still on track for delivery in June!

 


We're extremely thankful for your continuous support! Inform your friends and family that this campaign is ending soon so they can claim theirs at a discount too! 

Posted by Ekster Team on

Factory Update - World's #1 best-selling Smart Wallet

Factory Update - World's #1 best-selling Smart Wallet

We're nearing the 700% funded mark and are extremely thankful for the support you guys have given us over the past 10 days. It's time for another weekly update!

Backer Questions

  • How do I add multiple products to my order without paying double shipping: After the campaign comes to an end, we will send out a "Backerkit Survey" to all backers, which allows you to make your final choice of colour, add products to your order and confirm your address. 
  • "Two & Three products of Choice" perk: This perk allows you to combine any two/three perks that we offer for a set price and you only have to pay shipping once! This gives you a major discount over buying just 1 product.

Factory Update

  • The final molds have been ordered and are currently in production. Our assembly factory has the resources to do this in-house. 
  • All details concerning the leather have been addressed and a focus group is currently testing the samples.
  • Using the durability testing machines in our factory, the cardholders being tested on a day to day basis for durability and life-time.
  • We are on schedule according to the production time-line and out first test batch will be ready early march.
     

Our assembly factory is able to do plastic injection in order to save time.

Button force calculator 

Posted by Ekster Team on

500% Crowdfunding mark - World's #1 best-selling Smart Wallet

500% Crowdfunding mark - World's #1 best-selling Smart Wallet

We're overwhelmed by the wave of positive reactions and the support you've given us over the past 3 days. We were funded in less than an hour and are nearing the 500% funding mark!

We're so excited to reveal the products that we've worked tirelessly on improving and redesigning. We have taken every single piece of feedback from previous campaigns to perfect the 2nd generation Ekster Wallets.
 

Production Update

  • Founder and head of production Rick Scharnigg is in Shenzhen at the factory as we speak monitoring the last rounds of sample production.
  • The final mold designs have officially been confirmed and are ready to be ordered. 
  • The tracker final/golden samples are scheduled to be ready for the last phase of testing next week.
  • All leather samples are going through final detail changes under the supervision of Rick.
  • Production is on schedule according to the time-line

 

Finalize Your Order

Here are the final steps that you'll need to go through to complete your order and the rest of the process:

  1.  After the campaign comes to an end, we will send out a "Backerkit Survey" to all backers, which allows you to make your final choice of colour, add products to your order and confirm your address.
  2.  The funds will be subtracted from your Bank/Paypal account and if any additional products are added via Backerkit these funds will also be subtracted several days later.
  3.  As soon as you have completed your survey, your order will be marked as "ready to ship" and we will keep you updated about the status of your shipment via our campaign updates.
  4.  Once your package is officially sent out, we will send you a tracking number which allows you to track your package from door to door.

Need help? We're here for you. If you need to get in touch with us at any time during or after our campaign, shoot us an e-mail at: nest@eksterwallets.com

Posted by Ekster Team on

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News & updates

Shipping out! - World's #1 best-selling Smart Wallet

Shipping out! - World's #1 best-selling Smart Wallet

Hi Backers!

This is one of the most exciting updates we have had in a long time. Judging from the comments everyone is extremely eager to receive their KS rewards and we are proud to say that production will be completed ahead of schedule!

Production update

  • KS Mass production is scheduled to be ready by next week Wednesday
  • As stated in previous updates we experienced some issues with the tracker PCBs supplied by our supplier. The firmware on the chips was not equivalent to the firmware we ordered and programmed our tracker cards for. This caused a two-week delay in the tracker production while all wallets were ready to ship out. Luckily we were able to resolve this issue and get back on track with production.
  • We have added an extra feature to the tracker cards which would prevent the cards to be limited to one device in it's lifetime. We have implemented a reset option which can be used in order to pair your tracker to a new device when you switch phones for example. This reset procedure can be found in our usermanual.

 

Shipping

  • Shipping is scheduled to start before the end of next week around the 20th of July. 
  • This means backers will be receiving their tracking codes anywhere between 20-27th of July depending on the carrier and country of destination. 
  • Shipping takes anywhere from 4-14 days depending on the location and the customs and you can keep track of your order at all times using your track & trace code.

 


 

Ekster Updates
We're starting our monthly blogs and newsletters in which we announce: sneak-peaks into new products, temporary discounts, company news, new reviews and many more interesting stories! If you want to be the first to know be sure to follow our social media pages here:

Facebook
Twitter
Instagram
Youtube


And sign up for our newsletter at www.ekster.com

Posted by Ekster Team on

Packaging update - World's #1 best-selling Smart Wallet

Packaging update - World's #1 best-selling Smart Wallet

We have new information from our tracker chip supplier. Since we returned the PCBs to be flashed at the supplier's factory in order to fix the previously mentioned defect, they have informed us that the batch they delivered has more issues that can cause product defects down the line. Seeing as we have just received this information we don't have much clarity on what exactly is the problem and we are on top of them 24/7. We presume that they may have to send over a brand new batch which may cause a slight delay.

For the timeline, this means that we did not receive the tracker chips on the correct day to ensure assembly in time for shipment on the 30th. We are hoping that this new batch will be delivered within a week which would mean we could start shipping out on the 15th of July. This would mean that instead of receiving it early/mid-July you will now receive it late-July. 

We sincerely apologize for this last minute hiccup and feel very bummed out seeing as we were actually ahead of schedule with all our in-house produced products and are now being held back by external stakeholders. Your wallets are still eagerly waiting to be shipped out!

As promised we will keep you updated every step of the way and will remain completely transparent about every change in the timeline as soon as we find out.

Posted by Ekster Team on

Production update - World's #1 best-selling Smart Wallet

Production update - World's #1 best-selling Smart Wallet

The light at the end of the tunnel is in sight! This update is dedicated to giving you insights into the successful production trip we just had in China and to clarifying the delivery schedule.

Firstly we'd like to express our excitement after receiving the reactions from our early products testers and lottery winners to their new Ekster 2.0 wallets. After several months of use the testers have had nothing but positive remarks. We have seen no defects and no red flags that could delay the production in any way. Even the Lottery winners have expressed to us personally how happy they are with their prize.

Production Update

  • Quality control for the first crowdfunding batch is completed. For both the cardholder and the leather components of the products we have found no significant issues. 

  • The cardholders are assembled in a dust free area allowing no dust to enter the mechanism or glue.

  • Tracker card quality control: Signal works as promised, Look/feel outstanding

  • We have experienced issues with the tracking  PCB firmware supplied by TrackR: We faced an issue that caused some tracking cards to start buzzing at random times. The cause of this was a glitch in the firmware supplied by our partner TrackR. After testing a previous firmware, this issue was eliminated and the issue was found. We are therefore reflashing all tracking PCBs back to the old firmware. This is expected to delay us by 1 week.

Posted by Ekster Team on

Start of Mass Production - World's #1 best-selling Smart Wallet

Start of Mass Production - World's #1 best-selling Smart Wallet

We are extremely thankful for everyone's elaborate feedback and have gotten quite some interesting results! If anyone is interested in hearing more about the results, feel free to reach out to us at nest@ekster.com. All of the tests are cleared, and we are ready to flip the switch starting mass production of the wallets. 

Production Update:

  • Final preparations to start Mass Production next week are ongoing
  • We will be traveling to China the first week of June
  • All resources from our suppliers have arrived at our factory except for the TrackR PCBs
  • Still on track with proposed time-line
  • Final Packaging samples are in!

Posted by Ekster Team on

China Trip update - World's #1 best-selling Smart Wallet

China Trip update - World's #1 best-selling Smart Wallet

We have some cool new developments we'd like to shoot your way. We're very excited as a team to get our hands dirty at the pre-production line and even more excited to send you our progress.

Backer Questions

  • Complete your Backerkit Survey! This is the LAST chance to claim our products at major discounts. After this, the prices will shoot up on our webshop. The survey has been sent to your inbox.
  • What is included with a Senate and what is a "Pocket Strap"? If you order a Senate WITH tracker you will receive the Senate cardholder with a pocket strap around it. This pocket strap has an extra card-slot on the back of the Senate to allow for a tracker card or any other card to be stored. If you order a Senate WITHOUT tracker then you will receive a Senate with a regular cash-strap. Both the pocket-strap and the cash-strap can be added to your order at KS discounts in the survey sent to you after the campaign ends.

Production Update

  • We're packing our bags for our trip to the factory! Very excited to see the results of the first pre-production and we'll make sure to keep a daily log of footage to keep you in the loop.
  • The first part of the tooling has been completed and delivered as promised to our factory.
  • The packaging design has been completed. We've designed a super slick matte black anti-scratch packaging of which we will send pictures in our next update.
  • When we receive the pre-production batch in China, these will go through extensive quality control and will be tested by us and by our QC team. These samples will then be distributed to a focus group which will be using it for several weeks to test it's daily use.

Posted by Ekster Team on

The leather update - World's #1 best-selling Smart Wallet

The leather update - World's #1 best-selling Smart Wallet

We're extremely excited about how well the Ekster 2.0 has been received by the Indiegogo community. Not only do we have countless returning customers from the Ekster 1.0, we've built up a new backer community of 1500 backers who believe in the 2nd Generation Ekster wallet.

Backer questions

  • As a result of our backer questionnaire in the previous update, we received many requests for a side-by-side comparison between the 1st generation and the 2nd generation Ekster Wallet. If you scroll down the campaign you'll find a detailed comparison!
  • Some people are still confused about what this "Solar Powered" feature means exactly. This is the first ever solar powered tracker card to date. It only requires 800 lux to charge at maximum capacity, meaning that it doesn't even need direct contact with sun-rays for a sufficient charge. (Broad daylight = 10,000 lux)  Ekster's tracker cards only require 3 hours of light to last a full month. All you need to do is take the tracker card out of the wallet once a month and leave it out to charge. 

Production Update

  • We've finalized the leather quality control and it's on its way to the factory.
  • Our final wallet samples are close to completion and ready for focus group testing in early March
  • The Ekster team will be heading to the Factory in Shenzhen early March to test and confirm these samples and get pre-production rolling.
  • We've made a strategic decision for the good of the product. We are switching to a new tracker partner: TrackR.  Why? One of our main concerns with the current solution is that there is no feature that allows the user to find their phone using their wallet. This is also a concern that has been voiced by the backers multiple times and it is a feature that only TrackR will be able to support. We feel that this feature is crucial and don't want to leave it out in our 2nd generation. Moreover, in this way we can make the tracking card actually completely removable. This means that the design of the wallet will not be affected by the integration of the tracker. We have been struggling with this decision for some time, but believe this is the only solution in order to make the product truly great.
  • We're still on track for delivery in June!

 


We're extremely thankful for your continuous support! Inform your friends and family that this campaign is ending soon so they can claim theirs at a discount too! 

Posted by Ekster Team on

Factory Update - World's #1 best-selling Smart Wallet

Factory Update - World's #1 best-selling Smart Wallet

We're nearing the 700% funded mark and are extremely thankful for the support you guys have given us over the past 10 days. It's time for another weekly update!

Backer Questions

  • How do I add multiple products to my order without paying double shipping: After the campaign comes to an end, we will send out a "Backerkit Survey" to all backers, which allows you to make your final choice of colour, add products to your order and confirm your address. 
  • "Two & Three products of Choice" perk: This perk allows you to combine any two/three perks that we offer for a set price and you only have to pay shipping once! This gives you a major discount over buying just 1 product.

Factory Update

  • The final molds have been ordered and are currently in production. Our assembly factory has the resources to do this in-house. 
  • All details concerning the leather have been addressed and a focus group is currently testing the samples.
  • Using the durability testing machines in our factory, the cardholders being tested on a day to day basis for durability and life-time.
  • We are on schedule according to the production time-line and out first test batch will be ready early march.
     

Our assembly factory is able to do plastic injection in order to save time.

Button force calculator 

Posted by Ekster Team on

500% Crowdfunding mark - World's #1 best-selling Smart Wallet

500% Crowdfunding mark - World's #1 best-selling Smart Wallet

We're overwhelmed by the wave of positive reactions and the support you've given us over the past 3 days. We were funded in less than an hour and are nearing the 500% funding mark!

We're so excited to reveal the products that we've worked tirelessly on improving and redesigning. We have taken every single piece of feedback from previous campaigns to perfect the 2nd generation Ekster Wallets.
 

Production Update

  • Founder and head of production Rick Scharnigg is in Shenzhen at the factory as we speak monitoring the last rounds of sample production.
  • The final mold designs have officially been confirmed and are ready to be ordered. 
  • The tracker final/golden samples are scheduled to be ready for the last phase of testing next week.
  • All leather samples are going through final detail changes under the supervision of Rick.
  • Production is on schedule according to the time-line

 

Finalize Your Order

Here are the final steps that you'll need to go through to complete your order and the rest of the process:

  1.  After the campaign comes to an end, we will send out a "Backerkit Survey" to all backers, which allows you to make your final choice of colour, add products to your order and confirm your address.
  2.  The funds will be subtracted from your Bank/Paypal account and if any additional products are added via Backerkit these funds will also be subtracted several days later.
  3.  As soon as you have completed your survey, your order will be marked as "ready to ship" and we will keep you updated about the status of your shipment via our campaign updates.
  4.  Once your package is officially sent out, we will send you a tracking number which allows you to track your package from door to door.

Need help? We're here for you. If you need to get in touch with us at any time during or after our campaign, shoot us an e-mail at: nest@eksterwallets.com

Posted by Ekster Team on

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