I recently received the first 3RD Generation production BulletTrain eXpress Keyboard Platform prototypes from our toolmaker and they are AMAZING!!!!!!
Typically the first prototypes made from a tool are referred to as T1 prototypes, and usually there are a bunch of issues and challenges with them. I am happy to report the first prototypes are excellent and don’t seem to need any major modifications!
The photos above are of the actual T1 prototype. The build-quality is superb, and it so strong and stable, it almost feels like it is made of metal. This was not a coincidence, as my engineering team and I designed it to be this way. As a matter of fact, it is so well designed and engineered, that there is zero torque. If you hold the new eXpress in your hands, and try hard to twist or torque it, it won’t budge. This is remarkable considering we achieved this with true unibody construction, which is a first for the eXpress.
There are a few small modifications and details that will be fine-tuned, and also the tool has to textured. If you look closely at the photo, you will notice the T1 prototype has a glossy, piano black finish, and this is due to the fact the tool has not been textured yet. In other words, the final production model will have more of a matt finish, which will help hide blemishes and scratches.
I am typing this update on a T1 prototype, which I have been testing for several days, and it it BulletProof stable, and the fit and finish is perfect…They say the third time is a charm, and with the 3RD Generation eXpress, I think it is flawless in every way. In other words, in looks and function it is 100% with zero room for improvement.
After my engineering team finishes their evaluation, we will take the next steps toward production. We will have to wait a few weeks for our toolmaker, as they are celebrating Chinese New Year, but when they get back, they will make T2 prototypes, and if we are fortunate, after my team and I evaluate them, we will go into full production. Hopefully, this will result in us shipping out your BulletTrain eXpress Keyboard Platforms around the end of February.
I realize it took longer than expected, but it was imperative we deliver a BulletProof and flawless product you will love and benefit from for years.
As soon as I have the T2 prototypes, I will publish another update with photos.
Toyota just showcased their new Concept-i autonomous car at CES 2017, and in the video you can see a member of the CALTY Design Team using his last generation BulletTrain eXpress Keyboard Platform in a presentation. You can see it in the photos below in what was our classic silver color.
The BulletTrain eXpress Keyboard Platform has cult following and if you visit CALTY Design Center in Southern California, you will find them all over the place.
The screenshots above that show the last BulletTrain eXpress Keyboard Platform on the table at CES 2017 are from the fascinating video below.
Of course, I can't help but wonder if the designers at CALTY were inspired by the BulletTrain eXpress Keyboard Platforms radically modern design when they designed this amazing work of art!?!!
BulletTrain eXpress Keyboard Platform
All-New Gen 3 Model
The all-new BulletTrain eXpress Keyboard Platform is just getting ready for production. The tooling is almost complete and we expect to see the first prototypes in the next week. If all goes as planned, we will begin deliveries in early February. The all-new BulletTrain eXpress Keyboard platform will be offered in the classic BulletTrain colors of Ruby Red (pictured below), Polar White, BulletTrain Blue and Stealth Black.
We are almost completely sold out of our SAFE Wallet for iPhone 6/6s Plus. Once we sell out we do not plan to make any more. Why?
We are planning on making our iPhone 7/7Plus SAFE Wallet models backward compatible with the iPhone 6/6s and 6/6s Plus models. Our iPhone 7/7Plus models will be offered in our standard colors of Ruby Red, Polar White, BulletTrain Blue and Stealth Black. We plan to introduce the new models on Kickstarter.
iPhone 7/7Plus Compatibility with iPhone 6/6Plus SAFE Wallets?
The iPhone 7 and 7 Plus areNOT COMPATIBLE with the SAFE Wallet for iPhone 6/6Plus. This is due to the fact the cameras are in a significantly different position, and the camera rings are also much taller than in the iPhone 6/6Plus.
Upcoming iPhone 7/7Plus SAFE Wallet Models
We have the design complete and have working prototypes for the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7Plus SAFE Wallets. We are working on the second generation version prototypes in which we are fine-tuning them in great detail. The next generation SAFE Wallets are a radical departure from the past models, and in some ways, harken back to the design language of our SAFE Wallet for iPhone 5/5s. We plan to launch them for pre-order on Kickstarter sometime around the middle of December, and hope to start shipping 4-6 weeks later. As previously mentioned, we also plan to make our SAFE Wallet for iPhone 7/7Plus backwards compatible with the iPhone 6 and 6 plus family of iPhones.
When the 9.7" iPad Pro came out, we were very curious to see if the Magic Pencil Holder would work as it did with the 12.9" model. The design for the 12.9" iPad Pro didnot work properly with the 9.7" model, so we set out to try to design a hybrid model which would reliably with BOTH iPad Pro models.
After much experimentation, we are excited to share we've successfully figured out how to make a slightly updated Magic Pencil Holder that will work perfectly with both iPad Pro Models!!!
In the photos below, we've attached the latest pre-production prototype of the 9.7" iPad Pro for demonstrative purposes.
We're very excited to produce the best Magic Pencil Holder possible!
For clarity, the Magic Pencil Holder will be 100% compatible with:
12.9" iPad Pro
9.7" iPad Pro
Smart Keyboard Cover for 12.9" iPad Pro
Smart Keyboard Cover for 9.7" iPad Pro
Updates to Production Schedule
Our current projections:
Tool Modifications Complete - Late September 2016
Production Sampling - Middle of October 2016
First Production, Fulfillment - Late October 2016
We realize it can be frustrating to have a wait a little longer, but we know it will be 100% worth the wait for a flawless product for both iPad Pros!
Please feel free to contact us with questions or concerns in the comments, or to reach out to us by email at Help@BulletTrain.com.
I love checking out vintage Apple ads, like the one below for the Apple Lisa, which as the precursor for the Apple Macintosh. It is funny, because at the time of this ad, Apple was comparing itself to Maserati. Ironically today, Apple as a company completely blows Maserati away. In other words, today, Apple would NEVER compare themselves to Maserati.
2016 Tesla Model S Ad
Think Of It As The iPhone of Cars
In another ironic twist of fate, today people say the Tesla Model S is the iPhone or cars, or it is like an iPhone with four wheels. What a difference several decades make!!!
The Return of the BulletTrain eXpress! Apple Keyboard and Trackpad Perfected!!!
3rd Generation eXpress Now Available for Pre-Order on IndieGogo!
At BulletTrain, we specialize in designing accessories that make already great Apple products PERFECT!
The BulletTrain eXpress is the ultimate ergonomic keyboard solution! At last, the trackpad is given a home in front of the keyboard—just like it should be! If you've used any MacBook or Laptop this millennium, this is obviously where the trackpad belongs!!!
The 3rd Generation BulletTrain eXpress makes operating your Mac an ergonomic dream! eXpress yourself with your choice of colors seen above!
You can pre-order your own BulletTrain eXpress Keyboard Platform on our Indiegogo campaign. Contributors to this campaign will get EXCLUSIVE discounts on the eXpress!
Update as of August 20, 2016: We are contemplating moving production to the United States on this product. The ETA for Pre-Orders Shipments has been moved to the end of September 2016. We sincerely apologize for the slight delay, but want to make certain the product is perfect in every way.
We are putting the finishing touches on our launch campaign for the all-new BulletTrain eXpress Keyboard Platform, which we plan to launch on Indigogo.com at the end of this month. If you are not on our newsletter list, be certain to sign-up on BulletTrain.com [at the bottom of any page], so you will be the first to learn all the fascinating details. Below is a photo of the all-new eXpress, and it is amazing!!!!
We are preparing for the launch of the all-new BulletTrain Keyboard Platform for Mac OS X and iOS. Pictured below you see the new eXpress with the Apple Bluetooth Keyboard.
The new eXpress is pictured above with the matching Ruby Red Magic Pencil Holder for iPad Pro, along with the Ruby Red BulletTrain SAFE Wallet for iPhone 6 Plus. The SAFE Wallet is standing up in landscape watching video...
In the photo above we see the all-new Stealth Black BulletTrain eXpress 2 Keyboard Platform shown with the matching black Magic Pencil Holder for Apple Pencil and iPad Pro, along with a matching Stealth Black BulletTrain SAFE Wallet for iPhone 6 Plus. In the image below we see an all Arctic White ensemble, which includes the Arctic White BulletTrain eXpress 2 Keyboard Platform, with the matching Arctic White Magic Pencil Holder, coupled with the matching Arctic White SAFE Wallet for iPhone 6/6s.
All of these products will be available in the timeless BulletTrain colors of Ruby Red, Arctic White, BulletTrain Blue and Stealth Black, so you can mix and match them to create your own color vibe. You can Mix-and-Match, or make them all Matchy-Matchy...
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