Current Vivokey Private Beta Status
VivoKey Flex One based on the P60 SECID is still in private beta.
- The initial beta units shipped out were shipped as beta units. Beta testers quickly found a bug wherein application management (deploying, instantiating, or removing) via a poor coupling resulted in the chip bricking and becoming unresponsive.
- A recall was issued and a refund window was opened for people who had purchased the Flex One beta but did not want to risk “the brickening”. Refunds were issued. Replacements were sent to those who had bricked their implants. The refund window is now closed.
- Beta testers are still able to purchase beta units, with the added caveat that they must be aware of the hardware bug in the P60 SECID chip which is not something we can resolve with software alone.
- Later this year we are planning to release the Flex One as a public beta, with this giant red flag of a bug being prominently displayed. The plan is to release the public beta version of the Flex One with a bunch of applets pre-loaded (NDEF, OTP, PGP, etc.) and possibly a USB reader that has a great coupling. The idea is that this will reduce the need for customers to modify the applets on board, and the USB reader can be used with a command line utility to make applet management safer.
- In the mean time we are working with Fidesmo and chip makers to find a suitable alternative, but the timelines are very long and we do not have an ETA for anything yet.
So as of right now, you are still free to purchase the Flex One beta unit. You simply need to accept the risk that the chip could brick during application management if the coupling is not supplying sufficient power to complete the write operation on the chip, or the coupling goes from stable to insufficient during the write operation.