@cara_griswold: Unfortunately I don't generally have the time or energy to religiously check mostly static websites. I was interested in pledging but since pledges were being collected up front, and the project was far away from 100% support I was not interested in pledging at that point. If they had not offered a reminder I could have easily set my own, but they did offer one and I trusted that it would actually be reliable. I probably should have set my own anyways but I did not anticipate any problems with sending/receiving an email (but then, I've always had a bit too much faith in technology).
Really, if they had handled it like a Kickstarter project (or better yet, put it on Kickstarter) it would not have been an issue, but I did not have any desire to deal with paying out money, waiting to see if the project got funded, potentially dealing with a refund process that may or may not happen in a timely fashion, etc. Thus, why Kickstarter has the policy of only collecting money at the end when they know whether the project is funded or not, although in truth that system has its flaws as well... it seems as though a truly ideal system would not collect any money until the funding reached 100%, at which point it would charge all pledges (and from then on all pledges would be charged immediately at time of pledging). Anyways, that's beside the point of this post.
Despite my reservations about the pledging process, I absolutely do appreciate the intention of getting the ball rolling as soon as enough money is pledged, but unfortunately it doesn't seem to have happened. Designs apparently aren't even finalized, as which ports the device will have is still being discussed - which is good, I like discussion, but it seems incongruent with the stated reasoning behind the pledge collection system.