Jura Youtube VideoJanuary 16, 2012
Same alleged Jura espresso machine from the Arist disassembled photo.
Controlled by smartphone using NetDuino interface.
RFID tag on the bottom of the coffee cup, RFID reader in drip tray.
ZyngaJune 1, 2014
Employment at Zynga ended for Arist’s software engineering lead and KS account owner – Houston Law.
Windows Phone AppsJune 17, 2014
Last update of “Asian Beauty Photo Hunt” by software developer Chin Lung Tsang, very likely to be the only engineer in NBition at the time. Mentioned “Arduino programming for internet-connected coffee machine” in his LinkedIn profile.
Playing with a JuraJuly 12, 2014
The LED is lit! Next step, iron man right?
Playing with a JuraJuly 13, 2014
Ever since 2006 and my C63 & C85 coursework, I haven’t thought I would touch hardware again. It reminded me that computers are built with 1010 (binary).
Unsecure SSL on aristcafe.comAugust 6, 2014
aristcafe.com used a private [unsecure] SSL certificate (beginning Aug 6, 2014). They claim to have received 25,000 pre-orders . It is now protected by Cloudflare and it has a valid SSL certificate (validity begins on May 21, 2015).
We have spent the better part of a year on Research & Development to develop our prototype.
ScanomatOctober 24, 2014
Makes patent claim against Arist.
Launch Party RefundsOctober 24, 2014
Arist has the capacity to hold 1 Litre of both milk and water and can brew five cups of 12 fl oz coffee (eg. latte and cappuccino). The milk is stored in the top cooler chamber of the machine.
Yes to hot chocolate! Honey is supported too.
What we have from our development and in our crowdfunding campaign are developed from the ground up.
They [Hong Kong Government] have supported us with testing facilities, expert engineers and equipment.
To state plainly, we are not using the funding to invent this machine.
Milk cooler capable to hold the temperature at 4C… can be place there over a day and night.
User can have a choice to use their own brand of syrup or ones provided by us.
We have a large team consisting of members who have 13+ years of experience in product management and our team has experience in shipping multiple products, including both hardware and software. Also, we are lucky to be in the HKSTP incubation program, so we have support and mentorship to help us
We have already begun tweaking a preliminary manufacturing model.
The new [syrup] design will not affect the shipping date of Arist
We have accounted time for certification, and our team has member who done these before, hence very confident that we can get out of the way on time.
Posting as fake usersNovember 12, 2014
@Creator First and foremost just want to say great campaign so far.
We are ready to enter the manufacturing stage of shipping the Arist.
We are going to release our history (backtracking 2 years), company background, what I have done to build the company, in the past, present and what we will do in the future.
Regarding to Android we are developing it in parallel with iOS. We will launch a beta version (iOS, Android, Windows phone) for all backers around the April 2015.
Patent is per country, we are in progress submitting them.
Once we receive the funding, we will immediately begin filing all other patents.
Third video – We promised to show this third video.
We have grown even more wary and have decided not to release said video.
We have ~22000 orders for the Arist.
Windows Phone AppsApril 22, 2015
Last update of plagiarized Flipboard and subsequent “Feedboard” Windows Phone app, by Benson himself.
In the last few days, our website, servers, databases have been under attack and hacked…we have no plan to delay the planned launch time as of our last update.
The majority of the purchases are retail orders that we are held accountable for as well.
We have 22 full time and 3 part time [employees] up till now.
Launch Party. Yep, we hosted one and friends and family came to show their support. They are all real pledges, and no refunds were made…No we did not [refund with cash].
We will make the App available before we ship the machine, there will be a demo mode in there so you can exercise the whole brewing, browsing recipe, and all sorts of personalisation.
Arist RefundsMay 16, 2015
Refunds to most vocal critics on Kickstarter
We didn’t refund to anyone, nor we have the ability to remove anyone from this comment section. If we can do that we would have done it earlier as you said :). Maybe they are removed by kickstarter.
Benson just starting to hack another machine back in July when he was only doing his own tinkering because he was inspired by the work our engineering team has done. [In response to Instagram photos of him plagiarizing a Jura youtube project.]
South China Morning PostMay 19, 2015
Chiu said the company has applied for three patents and is preparing to submit three further applications.
South China Morning PostMay 19, 2015
More than 3,000 Arist machines were ordered through Kickstarter with a further 25,000 pre-ordered directly from the company.
No fully working prototype yet!May 19, 2015
Chiu demonstrated Arist for the Post…after engineers had made a few tweaks to the prototype using screwdrivers and a black and yellow pencil.