The lack of communication about delivery and development really concerns me.
I hope this is not a scam because I have been counting on this laser for some time.
Has there been any consumer advocates like the attorney generals of each state been engaged to investigate to protect the buyers interest? Or is this purely caveat emptor?
If it is not a scam, with such a large community I would think they would want to engage with their buyers/supporters. Many of us have significant knowledge in the embedded space that could help them. Personally I have a background in Design of embedded computing, test development, EMC, and power supply design and have working knowledge of product certifications like NEBs, product safety, UL, CE, RoHS, etc.
the only testing I could think that is really holding them up with hardware at this point is EMC or product safety. The EA and DA stages of product development should already have the major functional pieces tested. Finial regulatory certifications are sometimes near the end (due to major changes would typically cause them to be redone).
the other thing I could think of, is material. If they have not properly planned their material purchases they may not want to publish it.