We are really, really close to shipping out the gateway shields, but are hoping to get a handful of people that can help us test this week and make sure there are no more show-stopping issues.
The firmware is working, we have the Particle portions implemented, and everything seems to be working fine. Therefore, no special tools should be required to update the firmware to newer versions, it will be done OTA just like bluz. If for any reason you have issues updating your shield to production code, we will swap it out for you, so you won’t lose anything by signing up.
We will send you full production hardware, so no worry about beta boards or out of date hardware.
Due to time constraints, we can only ship out to United States backers. Shipping internationally would just take longer than the testing period.
Some more details:
What do we need you to test? Mainly we just want people to test normal use cases, connecing bluz to the cloud and leaving it there and making sure it works. You will also test using the Web IDE with the gateway shield and basic firmware updates.
What do you need to test? Just a Photon. If you have ordered a gateway shield from our Kickstarter campaign or through our online store, we will ship your whole order including any bluz DK boards that you ordered. So you should receive everything you need and only need to provide the Photon yourself.
What about the gateway? This testing is only for the gateway shield, we will do something very similar for the gateway very soon once we have PCBA samples.
So, if you have a Kickstarter order or pre-order with a gateway shield and have been patiently waiting on your hardware, and want to get it first and help us test, please let us know. You can email us at email@example.com as soon as possible and we will get your order shipped out ASAP.