I'd vote for them if it didn't require using Facebook. I'm just not interested in rearranging my privacy settings just to throw them a vote, they've kind of spoiled my good will a bit too much for that to happen.
I've not seen a full ready for manufacturing model, nor a submission to the FCC. I've got no real knowledge of telecommunications certification but others who lurk these forums have pointed out that the earl design is anything but straight forward and might require a bit of extra work to get through the certification process. That and any sort of entanglement with government bureaucracy is going to take double or triple the time you'd expect it to take.
If I get my earl by the end of 2014 I'll be stoked, but I'll be happy if it shows up in 2015 as well. As long as it shows up with most of the features originally planned and a set of maps and apps that are worth the extra $50 I gave them for detailed maps of the US.
I don't see anything wrong with him trying to win this Kilimanjaro contest. I suspect he is spending quite a bit of time waiting on answers from vendors manufacturers and engineering firms, so he probably has the time to submit a proposal to this competition. But there in lies the rub, if he's got time for that he should have time to type a 140 character update, they do have a twitter account why not use it? Is there really no time to type something along these lines: "worked on antenna today, still buggy, RF guys on it"? that's what, 51 characters? It would go a really long way.
He keeps on claiming he'll do better at communicating with backers, and keeps failing on that front. If anyone from team earl is actually reading these forum posts is giving us a one line update every day or two really too much to ask?
I didn't mean for this post to run this long, so I apologize to anyone who has bothered reading it to its completion.
Still totally behind this product, hoping that it might at least show some more players in this game that there is a market for a product like earl.
I'll go back to waiting patiently for my earl now.