Nelson, Steve and everyone, let’s try to make clear these things…
Price: our official price for the Hannah development board is US$29.00. At the time we announced the future availability of the product, back in April, we run a pre-order campaign till April 30th at discounted price. It was a promotion and I think the website used to show the “sale” banner and the “pre-order” statement.
At the end on April the price went back to the standard one automatically and we haven’t run any campaign for the month. A new campaign started on June 1st, when we cut the price on every Electric Imp’s product, so for example now we sell the imp001 starting at US$23.00 that’s the lowest price you can find worldwide, as I know.
This is why it can happen that during different periods people pay a different price. Not only with us but in every supermarket of the world, I guess.
It doesn’t mean that we don’t care about our clients and I will personally make sure that anyone didn’t have the opportunity to get access to our promotions will be satisfied.
Delays: about the delays in manufacturing and shipping, this was due to the updates made to the board.
For example the old version of Hannah, Rev2 released over a year ago on March 14th 2012 used to carry a 3 axis accelerometer, the LIS331DL from TI, that offers a scale up to 8g and up to 400Hz of update rate. The new Rev3 that we are going to ship have been upgraded with a TI’s LIS3DH that can read 16g and offers an update rate up to 5KHz! Double resolution and more than 12 times higher rate.
Other components have been upgraded as well and all these changes required tests and this took a bit longer than expected. As you can see from the attached picture of the bare PCBs the Rev3 is dated May 28th, just 9 days ago. We are actually doing our best to move from the release of the design to the actual shipment of completed and tested products in 10 days.
As the Hannah is an official product from Electric Imp, with their brand on top, everyone there and here want to make sure that you receive something good. I know that’s frustrating the wait, especially for who is asking the Hannah since last year when the only 500pcs previously produced went sold out.
I believe that the few more days it took to release the product will be worthy because the new Hannah offers higher performances and more accurate data.