All right folks,
For those of you still waiting with crossed fingers for the Grasshopper, we’ve got another update. The much anticipated product is all but quick on its feet (as the name would suggest). With July already come and gone, Grasshopper has pushed their release to sometime in September, at the earliest.
Here’s what they said:
We’re back with the August 1st update. More parts have arrived, including the forward control PCBs. Things are going well. Over the last 15 days, we’ve focused on making necessary tweaks to the parts that we’ve received, and we’ve been working with our manufacturers to solve any problems with part production. It’s unlikely that we will ship units before September, but we expect to remain on schedule for delivery to start then.
The circuit design for the Grasshopper has been a long and challenging process. Due to physical changes that were made necessary by manufacturability issues, the circuitry has been through a number of iterations. We recently received the first panels of production boards. See the photos below. There was a small issue involving the solder-mask not completely covering all the traces, so the manufacturer is sending another batch next week. Besides this issue, we are pleased with the quality of these boards.
We’ve included photos of some of the precision machining involved in the Grasshopper. Since the beginning, we’ve talked about how many of the parts are difficult to design and produce, due to constraints in size and the particular demands of the application. You can see the results on the charger parts mentioned last update.
Due to come in the next few weeks are the USB charging cables, pen clips, and temperature dials. We’re looking forward to receiving these parts, as they represent a large portion of the completed Grasshopper. Pictures of these parts and some of the larger machined parts to come.
See you on August 15th for another update!
– The Grasshopper Team
The delay is a bit disheartening, but you can’t argue with the pictures. Progress may be a little slow for this guy, but there is hope in the form of these beautiful little bits of hardware.
If you want to check out their official statement. Plus, we have another update coming our way pretty soon. Until then, we can bide our time by looking at more of these update photos over on Grasshopper’s Instagram.