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Shipping BRCKs!

“Shipping BRCKs”, if you say that title out loud, and quickly enough, you’ll know how we feel just about now… 🙂 First shipments: July 17th That date above is the most important thing that everyone wants to know. Next week we’ll test the BRCK production line, and ship out the first batch of devices. Finally….
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Problems, Perseverance, and Patience

Building BRCK – Assembly from BRCK on Vimeo. [Some shots from the factory, building BRCK, this week.] I know that we weren’t naïve in the early days of BRCK thinking that it would be easy to build an amazing hardware device in Kenya. We couldn’t have been. We aren’t rookies. This isn’t our first rodeo…
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Thinking Unidirectional and Omnidirectional Antennas

At one end of the BRCK you’ll find a flap with an antenna post hiding underneath it. This is connected to the wireless modem inside of the BRCK and allows you to extend the range of your Edge/3G/4G considerably. Many times we find that the signal from a mobile tower is a bit weak. Sometimes…
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Turkana, Texas, and Miles to Go Before We Sleep

Since we last updated you a month ago, a lot of great things have been happening. Reg and Erik are on their way to Austin, speaking at SXSW on Friday. If you’re in town, do come by and talk to us. We’ll have some BRCKs with us and will show you how it’s going. You…
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What do we mean by “Designed in Kenya”?

The BRCK is designed and developed here in Nairobi, Kenya. As you might expect, this is a very different experience than doing it in China, US or EU. While creating physical products is always hard. Doing it in Africa is harder. This is due to the difficulties around rapid prototyping, shipping costs and accessibility of…
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The Case for Engineering BRCK in Africa – Part 1

(Note: I’ll do another post later on the challenges, constraints and opportunities of designing in Africa, but here’s a real case study for why it’s important.) Reg and Philip spent a day last week at Amboseli working with a group of conservationist called Lion Guardians, who have a permanent camp about 10km from the edge…
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Gifts for the Hackers and Adventurers in Your Life

With Christmas just days away, and with some of us just getting to our holiday shopping, we at team BRCK wanted to help you find that perfect last minute gift for the hardware hacker or adventurer in your life. Most of these items are things we’ve used and depend on, the rest are just cool!…
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BRCK in the News

BRCK’s been lucky enough to get some exciting press attention in the last month, here are the highlights. Der Spiegel has a great article about mobile changing Africa and gives a great context for BRCK. The Conversation featured BRCK as well OH, we also made it into Wired UK back in November!!!!