Production Updates

The last couple of weeks have been a lot of fun! Once the Bad Elf GPS app appeared on the App Store, we started getting feedback and questions from people around the world. There are a lot of iPad owners out there who would like to add GPS to their device! We have some production updates to share with everyone...

Some updates:

  • As of today, our projected launch date is October 22nd. Our assembly house is undergoing its ISO9001 renewal audit this week, which has impacted the production schedule. Trying to keep a development and production run on schedule is death by a thousand cuts, but we're extremely happy to be this close.
  • For US customers, the product will be available on Amazon.com and eligible for the smokin' Amazon Prime shipping rates.
  • For international customers, the product will be available via our Ebay/PayPal store.
  • MSRP for the Bad Elf GPS is $129, but will be available at an introductory price of $99.

If you want a Bad Elf GPS as soon as possible, please fill out the email notification form on the Bad Elf Store page. We'll be sure to give our email subscribers a head-start with the Amazon/Ebay store links before updating the website and blog.

Here's a picture of the panels that will be zipping thru the production line shortly. We'll post some more photos as assembly and test progress next week.


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October 07, 2010

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brett
brett

October 07, 2010

Hi Steve. The accessory is powered by the 30-pin dock connector, so battery life is really a function of what iOS device you are using. Just like the internal GPS on the iPhone, running apps that keep location-services on continuously can drain your iPod touch battery. Luckily the iPad battery is HUGE in comparison, so battery drain is not as much of an issue.

Many GPS tracking apps have a button for dimming the display, and the new background services in iOS 4 help reduce power usage too.

The accessory does have a very small rechargeable battery that is used to keep the satellite ephemeris data fresh for up to a week – this improves GPS lock time.

Steve
Steve

October 07, 2010

Very exciting news. I’d be interested to know what the average battery life is. Is it rechargeable?

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