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Oct
29
2013

We’re getting ready to head out on Thursday for Lake Turkana. One Land Rover, Two Days to get there, Three Motor Bikes, Six Guys, 10 Jerry Cans for Extra Fuel. Looks like we are in for an adventure.

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We hear a lot about how the internet makes the world flat. But in practice the topography is more diverse.

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While good internet access is growing all over the world, there are still 3 billion people in the world who don’t even have the opportunity to access broadband internet, let alone the financial or infrastructure means to do so. BRCK was developed, in part, to lift up the availability and quality of internet access for people all over the world. Shortening the distance between remote regions of the world and places more familiar with the internet is to everyone’s benefit. Both sides have incredible things to share and gain from better access to the web.

On November 3rd, we’ll be using a BRCK to show you something amazing from one of the most remote part of the world. We’ll be streaming a stunning Hybrid Solar Eclipse out to the world live from Lake Turkana in the far North West of Kenya. People all over the world will get to see this incredible event from their own homes. The world will get a little flatter.

In addition to being a prime location for viewing the eclipse, Lake Turkana is about as remote as it gets. You may have heard us say “If it works in Africa, it’ll work anywhere”? Well, if it works in Turkana, it’ll work in Africa. The journey will be two days from Nairobi on mostly dirt roads. We’ll be using the adventure to pressure test the BRCK ahead of production in January, and have a little for with the internet in a very remote location.

We’ll be spending the next week prepping and then heading out on the 31st.

You can keep up with us on Twitter (#brckeclipse), here on our blog, and also at our special site for the event: http://brck.com/eclipse.

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Oct
24
2013

It’s a big day for BRCK, as we have two announcements to make.

First, BRCK has become it’s own organization, spinning out of Ushahidi (who still plays a major role on the board and advising), and ready to go its own direction. There’s a new AngelList profile and subsequently, we are raising our first round of investment. It’s exciting to open up and expand the BRCK family with this step forward, and we look forward to welcoming more of you on that journey. This is an amazing opportunity to take part in redesigning connectivity throughout the world, and for us to build upon the awesome Kickstarter community by expanding our supporters that helped us create this new company.

Our second big piece of news is that we have been working to revamp the BRCK website! The design team has done an incredible job capturing our image and translating the vision. So please feel free to send this around, tell people about us, and give us feedback on this new site. As always your feedback is essential, this is how we learn and grow. Look for some new community features in the coming months and follow the blog for the big updates.

Thanks from the BRCK team!

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Oct
23
2013

BRCK Production Update

To our Kickstart supporters and fans of BRCK:

We have had to make a very difficult decision to delay the production release of the BRCK until January. We have been pushing nonstop to get our cases, boards, and software finalized and ready for production – and we are almost there. Unfortunately, we live in a world where small, African, tech companies don’t have the influence to get global component suppliers to meet our delivery deadlines. In particular, we have been unable to secure a timely supply of the 3G modems that are specified for the BRCK. Although it would seem straightforward to simply switch to another modem, the implications of this change effect mechanical design, board layout, and certification – all things that require time to adjust. We are now working with multiple suppliers to find a suitable alternative that we can source in sufficient supply to meet our production demands.

The good news is that we have enough supply of our original modem to allow us to continue with full testing of production BRCK’s. We are planning a substantial expedition at the end of October that will give us the opportunity to put BRCK’s to the test in some of the most demanding environments on the planet. We want to verify every aspect of the operational performance and reliability of the BRCK in real world conditions. Look forward to an update from BRCK in the next few days outlining our plans and giving our supporters an opportunity to follow along as we demonstrate to the world what a BRCK is capable of doing.

Thanks,

BRCK

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Oct
15
2013

Details to come next week, but just something to share with everyone over the week.

Spread the Word, share the Internet of Things love.

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Oct
15
2013

BRCK shirts out in the world

Here’s the lovely Chirstopher Neu of Tech Change (@neuguy) sporting his BRCK shirt. If you love your shirt(s) tweet them to @brcknet and we’ll share them on our tumblr.

Share the love, spread the Internet of Things revolution.

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Oct
13
2013

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Hanging out with BRCK in Paris.

We had a lovely time in Paris at the BSF Urgency of Reading Conference.

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BRCK Prototyping, Powered by Sugru

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