Not sure if you mean where to find your discount code or where to enter it.
They sent an email with the backer discount codes, mine had the subject, "Limited PREORDERS now available - Your code inside." Inside was my backer discount code.
There was a textbox to enter it during checkout, I believe at the same time I was entering my payment information.
Does this mean that I have to hold the ring near a very specific area on my phone? [/quote:2sx3edg8]
Yes the ring needs to be properly rotated to be read. This is more difficult on the stealth bomber rings as they're black with black inlays. But if you look closely you see the inlays.
It was a confirmation of order email. We are just double checking things before sending rings out. We are starting shipping early this week and we will be sending out an email saying the ring is on it's way.
That's just crazy, man. I shudder to think of importing something more expensive there, that'd be awful.
It's especially ridiculous when you think that there's probably so much stuff that they're taxing crazily that really isn't and never will be manufactured there.
I guess it's even a bit dicey to buy stuff overseas while you're travelling and carry it with you back through customs eh.
Here's a curious question for you, John; would it be worth looking into the idea of a DIY inlay replacement/re-finishing kit at some point?
I can understand that it could be difficult in the case of something like the dreaded carbon fiber but from the ones I have here it looks like the black and the blue at least have the colour in the epoxy coating. I've managed to pretty spectacularly gouge the black side of my Alpha ring and though it does still work it's fairly deep. The black side on my Normal ring is the one that has failed but still intermittently functions when I apply pressure in the correct spot, I guess because the chip as you said has seperated itself from the antenna. This one would be a good candidate for an inlay replacement kit if that were ever to be available - I'm not afraid to give it a try.
Some of 'em have a rather large antenna loop because they're more usually in use with credit card sized nfc tags, or key fobs.
The larger antenna actually makes it more difficult to use them with the NFC ring because the match between the antennas is very bad.
I haven't tried any of those and can only offer the same advice as with other phones etc, try changing the orientation of the ring, try a rolling read. Make sure that it will read loose ntag203 and if it does then you should be ok, just be methodical about testing.
Given that you put your ring through the washer, I'm pretty sure you hate it more than it hates you ;)
lol, I'm just seriously absent minded sometimes. I was pretty sure the ring would be fine after the other things I've done to it (24 volt welded it to a truck by accident while wearing - hot, and exposure to RF radiation around the 20 kW range to name a couple).
I was more upset about the wallet and cigarettes that were in the same pocket. And glad my phone hadn't gone in there too.
3 Months of wearing the NFC ring - The metal on both rings was pretty well scratched and beaten but a good careful buff of the metal with a dremel on slow made everything nice and shiny again and even removed the lingering scorch mark on one side of the Alpha ring.
Do not dremel the inlays! It's very easy to take off the shiny top coat - I tested this on my Alpha private inlay, which is black and had a large gouge mark in it anyway. I managed to remove the worst of the gouge but the finish is not as nice as it once was!
Something else of possible interest is that the public side of my Alpha failed. It was a complete failure but came good after a very careful prolonged application of hot air on the back of the inlay while pressing the entire ring against a solid object. I would say that the solder managed to break between the IC and the antenna. It failed again a week after the heat treatment and I'm not sure I want to try that process again!