Yeah. I was really eager to have a single low power, rugged, weatherproof ebook/map reading tool. I planned to bring my smartphone for internet connectivity when signal was available, but use the larger and more power efficient earl for everything else.
Now it's a collection of bits and pieces, multiple external connections and parts, a screen smaller than my phone and for the life of me I can't see what use case there would be for bringing both a phone and this .. thing (and its pieces).
No investors are going to jump in while backers are dropping left and right, making it clear how pointless another round of development would be for a revised product for which no niche exists, that hardly even duplicates the capabilities from the cellphones everyone already owns.
It seems so out of touch to make this kind of sweeping change, with the track record of the litany of failures leading up to this, the terrible lack of communication, a product vision now co-opted by the lowest cost and easiest path to some kind of deliverable.. is this just Jon trying to wrap up the mess without officially calling it quits?
I dunno. I'm not going to try to get a refund - I always considered this money already spent. I will be more circumspect with kickstarters tho. Perhaps someday I'll get a weird little e-ink device in the mail, for which I'll try to invent a purpose!! Hopefully someone will actually produce a device something like Jons original vision at some point in the future, which I'll buy as a finished product from a retailer, ha ha.