This is one of the reasons I'm very hesitant to back crowd funding. While there certainly has been a number of successes out there, I work hard for my money. Ultimately, I'll pay the higher price for a product that is actually shipping.
I've been watching Earl since the beginning. I almost bought into the crowd fund for this as it would have been an ideal motorcycle gps (which was my use for it). Ultimately it seemed too fraught with risks so I decided not to back it. It's obvious now that I made the correct decision. From time to time I check in here to see if it ever did ship, now only to see nothing has even been posted for over a year.
I think the original concept was great but Jon never realized how difficult it is and probably was taken down the "garden" path by a number of different manf. partners. It's obvious he was passionate about this, but just never realized the difficulty of doing product development (or the costs associated with this). I don't think he meant to cheat anyone out of their money.
But for all these people clamoring for refunds. Hey.. Crowdfunding never promises delivery. It's a promise to try which it's obvious Jon did. You made the wrong choice, let it go now. Count your hard earned dollars gone. Jon gave it a shot, he obviously failed.
I honestly hope Jon is well. He spent a couple of years trying to bring his dream to reality only to not be able to do it. How many of us out there have ever tried to do the same?
Another even more spectacular failure in the crowdfunding arena this week was the Skully Augmented Reality helmet. I was completely interested in this, but ultimately I decided to pass as well. Looked like a great idea but difficult to pull off. In this case, it's starting to come out that these folks did INDEED cheat their backers which is even worse.
I'll pop in in another 3 months to see if anything ever changed, but I expect at some time all the Earl stuff will drop off the net in realtime. Hopefully someone else out there can make a product like this with a specific audience in mind...