Thank you for patiently waiting for news of the tricorder’s launch. I am sorry not to have been able to say something sooner, but we didn’t want to release any news about the launch date until we had a better idea of when we would be ready.
In proving foresight may be vain;
The best-laid schemes of mice and men
Go oft awry,
And leave us nought but grief and pain,
For promised joy!
Initially our aim was to have the tricorder ready to ship at some point this summer. Difficulties with factories and suppliers operating under Covid-19 restrictions, and unparalleled staff shortages due to enforced isolation at different times over the last 18 months, quickly pushed our internal target launch date back to the end of 2021.
Right now, as we move through first shots and into the main component purchase phase, we would normally be gearing up for full production. Unfortunately, as we began to place bulk orders for all the main components required for the first production run, due to pandemic-related semiconductor shortages, we discovered that all the distributors of the tricorder’s main CPU were quoting upwards of a 52-week lead time. A worldwide search for the part and some negotiation has resulted in a best offer of somewhere between 30 to 40 weeks. As a result, unless this can be further improved upon, it is looking increasingly likely that the tricorder launch will now have to be pushed into the first half of 2022. The availability of the mass production parts won’t hold up our development process to provide the strictly limited engineering pre-production quantity, for which we already have the parts we need. As this is the most challenging project we have ever tackled, one benefit of this new delay is that we will have working pre-production products for much longer than normal, which will enable us to devote more time to thoroughly testing this complex piece of equipment before full production starts.
At some point, probably later this year (and definitely before we start full production), we will open preorders. Fans who have registered shouldn’t worry that they will miss out, as there will be ample warning. Those registered will be the first to hear about the preorders and there will be enough time for all interested fans to place their orders before we commit to manufacturing quantities to meet that demand for our first run, ensuring that everyone who has registered will have a chance to order a tricorder if they want one.
Unfortunately, due to the global semiconductor shortage, the component costs have risen significantly. However, we are still aiming to keep the purchase price around $300.
During the interminable wait for the start of pre-orders, or news from us of an actual launch date, we hope that you will continue to be fascinated by the email newsletters and find them a small compensation for the delay.
By the time preorders start, you will know, perhaps more than you have known for any previous product, exactly what you will be getting. Perhaps even better than that, you will have been deeply involved in the story of what it has taken to bring it to you.
Coming next time
The hood – Mechanics and construction
Fans who register with us will be the first to read our news and the progress of this exciting Tricorder development and, later, where and when to purchase it. You can catch up with the story so far here on this blog, but if you haven’t already done so, why not register your interest in the Tricorder – you’ll then receive a personalised registration certificate and early access to these updates (before we publish them on our website).