HEY QI AERISTA FANS!
Here comes our bi-weekly project update. In the past 2 weeks we had a lot of things going on:
Artisan Tea & Online Store Launch
Come check out our NEW online store at qiaerista.com for premium artisan teas from China!
Live Cast on Kickstarter/Facebook
On November 20 we celebrated the launch of our Artisan Chinese Tea Club live on Kickstarter and Facebook! We also shared with everyone our latest project developments.
Click here for the link to replay: https://live.kickstarter.com/rick-ha/live-stream/qi-aerista-artisan-tea-launch-party-asia-europe
We have now received most of our production version parts for our brewer, including metallic ones such as our characteristic handle and heater unit. These are made for mass production as opposed to the ones used in our earlier prototypes.
We will have our first trial production of off-tool samples this coming week. The purpose for this round is to make sure our tooling set is able to mass produce our brewers according to design specifications. Note that these first-round samples will not carry any surface treatment and finishing that will be included our final product. If everything goes well, we will have our second production run later in December.
Our PCBA development team has finished app integration testing and has sent samples to us for further review and hardware integration testing. If things check out fine, then we can proceed to trial production for PCBA in conjunction with our brewer trial production run.
Alpha testing for both Android and iOS app are near completion. Our app development partners are mopping up the bug list as well as finishing up the translation work for our English version.
Our backend cloud service is also up and running to power our tea recipe database and brewer device management. Please see our live cast replay at the 7 minute mark for a short demo.
We are now ready to start recruiting beta testers for our Qi Aerista app! By default, all backers who have ordered our new artisan tea package will be invited to take part in our beta testing phase. The rest of the backer community can also take part by clicking below and fill out the sign-up form. We will then invite a selected group to help us with beta testing.
Over the next 2 weeks we will see:
- First shipment of tea out for our Artisan Tea Club
- Beta testing open to backer community
- First trial production run of our off-tool brewer samples
Qi Aerista. For the better appreciation of tea!
Rick @ Qi Aerista