Tundra Tracker Kickstarter Coming March, First Deliveries Expected July

Tundra Tracker, the upcoming SteamVR tracker various to the Vive Tracker, was initially anticipated to carry a Kickstarter in January, however the firm behind the mission, Tundra Labs, says the crowdfunding marketing campaign has been pushed again in gentle of delays in element sourcing.

Tundra Tracker Kickstarter Coming March, First Deliveries Anticipated July 7Picture courtesy Tundra Labs

Within the newest official replace on the mission, Tundra Labs notes, “Proper now the semiconductor business goes by unimaginable provide shortages as a consequence of a ‘double whammy’ of dropping manufacturing facility capability as a consequence of COVID-19 and skyrocketing demand additionally as a result of pandemic. For that reason, since November 2020, we’ve been monitoring elements used within the Tundra Tracker and plenty of are exhibiting 26 to 30 week lead time for top quantity deliveries. Which means If we place orders right now, elements might not be delivered till August. Fortunately we already began putting element orders in This autumn of 2020. We’re additionally working straight with distributors to ‘pull in’ deliveries as a lot as attainable and pay expedites when out there.”

Given the lengthy lead time, Tundra Labs says it has opted to delay the Kickstarter marketing campaign to “shorten the time between when crowdfunding ends and when all backers obtain their orders.”

The corporate now plans to launch the Kickstarter on March 29th for 30 days, and expects the primary models to start out delivery to early-bird backers beginning in mid-June, whereas the majority of backers can count on shipments in mid-September.

Past Kickstart plans, the corporate additionally revealed some extra particulars on the Tundra Tracker’s design, together with a better have a look at how the swappable base plates will work.

Tundra Tracker Kickstarter Coming March, First Deliveries Anticipated July 8Picture courtesy Tundra Labs

“The rendering above demonstrates the manufacturing product design, particularly concerning the swappable baseplates for Tundra Tracker. Based mostly on suggestions there’ll (at minimal) be choices for an built-in strap loop baseplate in addition to a backwards suitable with 1/Four-20 mounts.” The corporate says it’s investigating further base plates for different makes use of.

Tundra Labs additionally shared the primary have a look at a practical prototype in motion:

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Along with being smaller and lighter, Tundra Labs is aiming to make the value of the Tundra Tracker barely lower than the Vive Tracker, although pricing hasn’t been finalized but. “We’re nonetheless resolving the pricing query,” the corporate mentioned in its newest replace.

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