I am a big fan of Kickstarter. I have been burned a few times, and many times the delivery might be a year or more late, and maybe so late that other technologies make the original obsolete before it actually ships - but I love it none the less.
Today there is a unique stack-able Lego-compatible solder-less breadboard.
And, don’t forget about the GHI mBuino which has 20 days left in the campaign.
And, to be clear, EVERY Kickstarter done by GHI has shipped immediately!
Thanks. We always try our best.
I’m not a big fan of Kickstarter having bought into a few projects that have ended up running way past their due dates or just didn’t deliver anywhere near what the product was supposed to be.
I particularly avoided any that only have nice renderings and no real prototypes that show that the idea itself works and isn’t just vapourware.
This one in particular is going to go way past the goal on funding but there is absolutely no real working device in any of their videos. What stops it rotating around your wrist so that the display is not usable when you go to use it, is just one of the things I thought of this design. It’s a great concept and does look good in the renderings but I have a feeling this is not going to be available on the dates they state.
Having said that, I have to take my hat off to Gus and the team as the Fez GameO did ship out on time and it did work (although it’s now gathering lots of dust these days)
Watch projects on KS have bad reputation of being delayed. Pebble, Agent.
Yeah, I bought into Metawatch. The idea worked and the code was open but the display on the watch was terrible. That on top of the delivery time. It’s now another gadget gathering dust.
I am using a Samsung Galaxy Gear updated to Tizen and it works quite well as long as you don’t let it get out of range too many times as then it just stays disconnected. Battery life though is superb compared to the previous Android based version.
I am keen on the new Android Wear once they are available here. I like this as I can develop for it unlike the current Samsung I have which is closed.
My wife has the Pebble (a white one) and apart from the rubber strap, she loves it. I got her it after getting fed up with her not answering calls or messages. Now she has no excuses.