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ACTON BLINK/QU4TRO hit US $800,000

US $800,000

Finally!

Chronological order of hitting US $800,000 illustrated below. This happened in a matter of a couple or several minutes.

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Almost there and supported by 1,113 people (or separate payers)

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It hit $800,000 by a $455 margin by 1,113 people

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Soon, the figure changes to $800,026 by 1,112 people

Obviously, some people were changing (cancelling and/or upgrading) their pledges (orders) after seeing the Cyber Monday Deals. This cancel/upgrade thing will keep on going until this deal ends.

Now I can safely say that my ACTON SB backpack is secured. The amount may fluctuate but it will stay above $800,000 until the end.

Many supporters are expecting that the next extended goal (freebies) will be set by ACTON and ACTON (CTO Peter) seems to have that already in mind judging by his replies to some of those comments left by supporters. Maybe a US $1,000,000 goal and $1,250,000 or so. What could they be? A helmet? Replacement wheels? Or still unknown (not yet shown publicly) gadgets?

If, hypothetically speaking, it hits $2,000,000, everybody may have a free BLINK S or BLINK LITE. It won't happen but I will keep my fingers crossed.

I had long pondered over ordering EON by Unlimited Engineering before switching over to ACTON BLINK. I still occasionally look at their campaign page but they are not doing as well as ACTON.



In Japanese: 続きをどうぞ [ACTON BLINK/QU4TRO hit US $800,000]の続きを読む

テーマ:スケートボード - ジャンル:スポーツ

  1. 2016/11/30(水) 13:33:08|
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The Great Wall of China and ACTON BLINK Indiegogo campaign

ACTON SB backpack is mine

I was going to write an entry about the ending phase of the ACTON BLINK campaign which was going or not going to reach its extended goal of collecting $ 800,000 (USD).


I am writing this after the campaign got extended for 3 weeks.


Toward the end (of the original campaign) any requested ACTON to extend the campaign for a week to reach this extended goal, which would give the supporters a nice free SB backpack.

The (second) extended goal had not been accomplished in time but the campaign got extended for another 3 weeks until 19th of December. So it is almost a sure thing that the extended goal will be accomplished.

I will get a second charger (the first extended goal) and a skateboard backpack for free. Wow and Yay!

ACTON has changed the perks during the original stretch of campaign and may do so during the extended campaign. Some people jumped to the Santa Deal or Cyber Monday Deal and cancelled their original pledge.

Those later day perks would appeal to those who have kids (but at the same time a lot of money), those who have skateboard buddies (college friends or so) or those who

I think I am sticking to my original perks. I know that I would have to pay some extra tax on it when it get cleared by the customs office here in Luxembourg.

I am expecting by the announced time frame for the shipping, I will get mine sometime between Late January and early March. I hope the weather will fine by then in Luxembourg.


The title includes a mention to the Great Wall of China but nothing about it has been written so far.

In a YouTube video by Peter, CTO of ACTON, mentions it and laughs at his relationship with it. He has been to China 20 or 30 times but never visited the ancient monument although he has been invited by his hosts to pay a visit there in China numerous times. He says that he has been busy making deals and overseeing the production or so.


I have never been to China and also never been there to see that ancient monument.

Protection

I am thinking of riding my ACTON BLINK in near future here in Luxembourg. It has built-in LED lights, front (white but not too strong), sides (white) and back (red but not to strong). They will keep me relatively safer when it gets darker. I am also thinking of buying a can of spray that contains reflective particles in gooey liquid that clings on fabrics or other surfaces.

I am also thinking of buying a helmet. I looked around for it on the net and Bell Segment might be a good one to buy.


In Japanese: 続きをどうぞ [The Great Wall of China and ACTON BLINK Indiegogo campaign]の続きを読む

テーマ:スケートボード - ジャンル:スポーツ

  1. 2016/11/29(火) 20:36:15|
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The last uphill battle: ACTON BLINK Indiegogo campaign

Tram track construction going on in Kirchberg area

Today I drove to Auchan Luxembourg (Auchan is a French hypermarket) to do something. It was not for shopping but I had something to do in the area. Construction was going on heavily in the area. The roads were blocked and the traffic was diverted.

While being there I went to the PC/Tablet section to see if I could find the ARCHOS Oxygen 70. They were there. Sadly the device was locked (needed PIN to get to the home screen) and I could not try it. I thought I could hear that cacophonous sound output from this tablet but I could not. The price was €99.

I watched the unboxing and a brief review of Oxygen 70 on YouTube. Its speakers were said to be disastrous, which I don't really mind as I don't intend to listen to music on it.

If I buy this tablet from www.archos.com directly, I would pay €89 and the shipping is under €8. I pay slightly less if I buy online.

Buying from Auchan has some advantages. If the tablet does not function well, I can just take it to Auchan's customer service counter and leave it there. They will handle the repair service with the manufacturer so I don't have to do any further hustle.

So I should decide to buy one, I will buy it at Auchan.

Back to construction. They were digging up the road to construct the track for the tram. The fact that they were really digging up made me think that they were more than just making the surface construction but something else.

The construction spans further back to the direction of Findel Airport. It is said that the section between the central station and Kirchberg will be complete in 2017.

ACTON BLINK Indiegogo campaign

The last uphill battle. In road cycling races, it is really the last uphill battle that decides the outcome. For ACTON BLINK campaign it is a figurative expression but in cycling it is literally so.

Over the past one month the campaign page had gradual but steady makeovers. New pictures, new descriptions, new videos and other were added. One recent big change they made was removing the Early Bird perks and replacing them with Happy Holiday perks (ACTON caps thrown in).

I am happy that I ordered my wished BLINK board while they had them on Early Bird International extended perks.

Anyway, the last uphill battle is if they can make it to the next stretched goal, $800,000. When this goal is reached, we all get a ACTON backpack for free. The last few days have seen acceleration of joining forces.

Let's do the math.

For the moment the pledged sum is around $580,000. $800,000 - $580,000 = $220,000. There are 5 days left. 220,000/5 = 45,000. If we see $45,000 every day for the next 5 days, we will reach the goal.

45,000/500 = 90. $500 is the amount that I put as the average pledge. Some buy $350 S and other buy $1,100 Qu4tro.

We need around 90 people every day. If the final amount is $790,000, will ACTON give us free backpack or not? I hope they will throw in the backpack.

In Japanese: 続きをどうぞ [The last uphill battle: ACTON BLINK Indiegogo campaign]の続きを読む

テーマ:スケートボード - ジャンル:スポーツ

  1. 2016/11/23(水) 21:05:10|
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BkOOL USB ANT+ receiver and element Mohave Olive/Black backpack

Christmas gift No. 1 from Germany

Just moments ago I received the packet from Germany that I was expecting. DPD, who was responsible for the delivery, delivered it. The box was broken in one of the corners and the contents were visible.

I was a bit worried until I found the tiny BKOOL USB ANT+ thingy inside. It had not been lost despite the broken cardboard box. I guess it was not totally DPD's fault that the box broke. Because the element Mohave backpack is cushy and the stuffing (paper) the shop inserted was even more bigger in volume than Mohave, when the packet got no doubt pressed down under the load (of whatever went over the box), the box crumbled resulting the breakage.

The shop (Bike24) should have added more tape mending around the corner.

Anyway, the important thing is that they all arrived.

BKOOL's tiny USB device was inside a zip lock plastic bag. It did not have a package of its own or anything. It was OK as I don't want any overly decorative packing. I am happy in an ecological point of view that way.


Christmas gift No. 2 from the UK

LIMITS! Not yet arrived, of course! There was an update from Limits Technology. They are scrambling to send out the products destined to EU area by the of this week or early next week. They will hopefully arrive at the hub destination (Germany or Holland?) on the continental Europe and then will be individually forwarded to the backers.

They will arrive at the backers in December, I hope.

Poor Asian and Oceanic supporters! I myself am one of the earlier supporters who should have received the perks earlier than others. I waited patiently and quietly.

The Bluetooth support that Limits Technology had promised has not been fully implemented yet. The current support of Bluetooth is limited to firmware update use as I learned from one of the comments (on the Indiegogo campaign page). The full implementation is yet to be made by the future firmware updates.

For the moment I don't have the needed device to work on the firmware update via Bluetooth. Bluetooth 4.0 is the key word. I have to buy something (iOS or Android device) which is capable of handling this protocol.


Which device should I choose?

iOS or not iOS (Android), that is the question. Used or new? Latest or outdated (cheaper)?

It all boils down to this question; how much do I want to spend for that?

I don't want to spend more than €200. I have already spent a bit of money on ACTON BLINK this month. I am not rich so I have to be thrifty. I work and get paid regularly, of course.

The budget that I allocated does not allow me to buy an iPhone 7, which I don't want anyway considering the drastic changes that iPhone 8 will see in 2017.

I might choose one of those cheap (low resolution camera equipped and outdated) Android tablets.

In Japanese: 続きをどうぞ
[BkOOL USB ANT+ receiver and element Mohave Olive/Black backpack]の続きを読む

テーマ:スケートボード - ジャンル:スポーツ

  1. 2016/11/22(火) 20:59:39|
  2. Skateboarding
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Import tax forgotten

A couple of entries ago (if this kind of expression is allowed), I did some math and I sucked. There were mistakes in the calculation.

Let me make it up! This time I also use the Eon Cruiser kit in addition to the Solo kit.

**** Beginning of Quote ****
Eon Solo kit (pre-order version) + shipping + a cheap longboard
$449 + $50 (from Spain?) + €60 = around $580

Blink S (early bird) + shipping
$349 + $230 = $579
**** End of Quote ****



Eon Cruiser kit (pre-order version) + shipping + a cheapish drop-thru longboard
$549 + $50 + €60 = around $680 or plus

Eon Solo kit (pre-order version) + shipping + a cheapish drop-thru longboard
$449 + $50 + €60 = around $580 or plus

Blink S (early bird -- almost gone now) + shipping + Import tax (less than 20 %)
$349 + $230 + €60 to €80? = $650 to $680 or plus



This time the calculations should be more realistic, I hope. Because the Eon stuff is coming from Spain (with in EU block), there is no import tax. On the other hand, the ACTON stuff will be taxed for sure.

I was so lame and a fool to forget to include the import tax. I put the price of a cheapish drop-thru longboard for €60 but this could change, too. If I go for a quality longboard, the price will go up.

The early bird version of Blink S will be gone by the end of this week, for sure. I think I have to give it up. I think I should choose Eon Cruiser kit if I should decide to buy an electric longboard.


In Japanese: 続きをどうぞ [Import tax forgotten]の続きを読む

テーマ:スケートボード - ジャンル:スポーツ

  1. 2016/11/02(水) 00:28:09|
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