We hope everyone is well, safe, in good health, and had a wonderful Thanksgiving for those who celebrate! As necessary, we want to continue to reiterate the following important things each update, which are still key to how ICH is able to execute on our path to delivery. With that:
- Our current delivery schedule is still slated for late February 2022 based on Kickstarter funding release, other issues noted throughout this update; as well as the fact that we’re now in the thick of the holiday seasons when manufacturing/production labor is also affected. With current plans in place, we still do not foresee development completion going beyond February and helmets beginning to ship out.
- What continues to also play a huge part in the schedule shift are still the massive chip and raw material shortages that continue to plague a number of industries/company’s like Automotive & Big Tech/Kia & Apple; just to name a few (Ref: Forbes; WSJ; MAU; The WSP; CNN; etc.). ICH has made good strides and we’ve been able to pivot to other more readily available solutions for MOST components to still get the job done; which is an even bigger testament to our team to not just accept what is. We made a commitment to get our helmets to market, and that remains.
[General & What To Expect Next]
- Our partner Viaanix is still pushing, making additional progress, and getting things done, and that’s being modest. Since our last update, the dev team has grown to further push development and meeting the target timelines. As mentioned before, we continue to do more than just chip away at the remaining portions of development. Find out more in the additional sections below!
Current Project Updates
Our design team has completed the final recommendations from our helmet manufacturer; which was required to ensure certifications are met prior to production of initial sample and beta helmets. Our manufacturers engineering team are now making final tweaks to things such as designing the proper seal for both removable areas of our helmet, as was part of the plan.
Final signoff is scheduled for 12/17, and next is tooling and manufacturing of our initial sample and beta units to submit for certifications; as well as testing. The certification process takes roughly 4-6 weeks to complete.
Per our last update we had a handful of components that were tied to the completion of our custom carrier board and were unfortunately looped into the persistent supply chain/chip shortage issues; which continue to plague the tech industry. Our team has met and we’ve made advancements to reduce the dependency on these parts; and therefore have found alternative solutions to keep us on schedule. Again, material shortages and supply chain issues are not just an ICH thing; this is a global issue and we appreciate everyone’s continued patience and understanding as we worked through this process.
As well in more positive news:
- Our team resources currently in China are making site visits next week to our current HUD vendor. We will show some images and/or video of this visit by the next update or sooner
- Our custom front camera module development has been completed, and the initial functional prototypes are shipping today for actual integration into our current and 3 additional Alpha prototypes currently being produced. We are due to receive our custom camera modules by the end of next week.
- There are still an ~1.5 weeks remaining on the production of the 3 additional Alpha build prototypes shell and the EPS liner (image of completed EPS liners below); which are being completed by our design team partners. Our manufacturer’s producing our visors and inner soft cushion liners for these 3 Alpha builds so that we can ensure the best experience possible when Alpha testing begins.
We continue to remain diligent in our refinement and overall software cohesive development push, to get things completed as quickly and efficiently as possible. To highlight a few of what we’ve focused on recently:
- Rider to rider communications
- Image stabilization and auto leveling (similar to GoPro’s horizon leveling feature shown HERE
- Mobile app tweaks and enhancements surrounding camera control features from within the app itself
Again, due to the above stated critical points regarding manufacturing and production; to offset the delays we’re continuing with the introduction of our:
- Alpha testing phase start date is now contingent upon delivery of prototype helmets and component installation; due to the timeframe of when we will be receiving our 3 additional prototype helmets in order to install all parts in preparation for the on-site testing. Our new target is late January 2022. To reiterate, the Alpha testing phase is to allow our backers who are within riding distance (how far is completely up to you) of either our home base in Springfield Virginia; or our development team in Wichita Kansas to ride up or down and participate in this initial controlled environment testing phase. This will provide even earlier access to our helmets and our product development, but even more so to further show proof to our supporters that we are doing exactly what we said we’re going to do. You can still sign up to this Alpha testing phase using the following link: https://forms.gle/iVKKrZp4tnUVD39S6
(Note that the limit for this signup is 15 with 5 of this total number being alternates)
- Beta testing phase; slated for late January through February (We will release additional information regarding our Beta testing phase and the helmets that we will ship out to other backers who are further away in the US, as well as much further away outside of the US.)
***SCAM ALERT REMINDER***
More and more SCAM websites have popped up since our last update that have copied all of our posted information and have posted our “product” for sale. As a reminder, these are fake websites of course and the only current sales channel for our product is via Indiegogo at the following link: https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/ic-r-the-true-smart-motorcycle-helmet
Our December through January updates are going to be HUGE, so get ready.
Thank you for your continued support and patience. As always please message us with any questions—we’re always here for you.