Don't underestimate the big step from "working prototype" to the final and finished mass production unit. It can still take a while and usualy longer than expected. And we still don't even have a complete working prototype yet.I like the fact that you are making sure to have a prototype / everything ready before starting to take preorder. With any kind of pre-order or funding campain, it will definitely help to have a realistic shipping date.
I'm lurking around in Kickstarter since years and study various projects. Even successful funded campaigns with ALOT more extra money than needed tend to underestimate the huge work that must be put into an idea to become ready. Here are two good (or call it bad) Examples of successful KS campaingns with huge delays, both are afaik more than one year behind and have made alot of bakers very angry:
CST-01: The World's Thinnest Watch : Nice project but they ran into heavy technical trouble because they just don't wanted to make compromises in size and thickness of their watch. 1mm would be no problem but they want 0.8mm which causes alot of trouble. Lesson to ED: don't stay that close to the size if it causes trouble (Pyra Case!)
Bonaverde : "World’s first roast-grind-brew coffee machine" So they say. Well, the very interesting and promising fair trade concept is nice but somehow they basicly re-designed the entire Machine after they presented their "finished" prototype from the beginning of the campaign. To much "german engineering" I guess. The final machine doesn't look anything like the beautiful prototype, is also "closed" through RFID like chips that are needed to enable the machine (which never was mentioned during the funding campaign). Lesson to ED: make sure the Prototype is REALLY the finished prototype that represents the final product. ^^
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