I was just at a Microsoft store here in Canada where the HTC Vive was on demo. The HTC vive got a lot of running room thanks to the success of the Oculus Rift and its Kickstarter. What a wonderful way to up competition and bring forth a new medium that totally can change the environment we expose ourselves to.
However, I want to remind you, that although I so dearly want to live my life in the greatest of VR…that since 2012, the Oculus Rift Retail Consumer Version is still not available for me to go out tomorrow and buy. Neither is the HTC Vive.
So when Glowforge ended their campaign last year at the end of October(ish), and are hopefully getting the product to us by this December, I say Bravo! The Oculus raised a few million via kickstart, but was then backed, and bought out by Facebook…FACEBOOK…like when Mojang’s Minecraft was bought by Microsoft. You now have an uber large company with resources far beyond standard average kickstarters working day and night to provide you with a product they wished they could send to you at least three years ago. And yes…I know things change and the circumstances, and technology dictates a lot of how new innovations reach consumers but!!! Glowforge raised over $30 Mil. They didn’t sell out to any 3rd party company. The Founder, Dan, is still actively responding in the forum, and doing their best to help resolve the issue of time by providing the best product they can.
I have in my life, sent out many notes to people in situations where I know their reply or acknowledgment would be at the least, ‘less enthusiastic’, to be nice. When Glowforge sent out the email to advise of the delay, I can only imagine how tough it was for them. I just wanted to get in here and remind those who have run out of patience, that when you are creating a new product and offering it in a way that has never been accessible before, or has benefits of affordibility, ease of use, portability, etc, that have never been offered before, then you can either a.) wait for a product that I believe the founders and all employees are proud to protect and evolve, or b.) go your own way, live with the existing standards and maybe revisit 10 years down the road along with the rest of the impassionate.
If you wish to request a refund for your Glowforge, please do…But short of getting shit*y Dev. versions of a product and constantly updating until you have something worth while to work with, then good luck via the Chinese Laser route. May work for some, but Glowforge is targeted for everyone, since day one.
I know of lot of people aren’t in the boat of cancelling, but I want the community to know that these delays are not by any average exagerrated. Dan and team know what they’re doing. 100% absolutely.