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I think that there may be a fair few people like me who gave up a long time ago on ever receiving anything from this project. This is the only Kickstarter I have backed that never delivered (so far). I've had some deliver very, very...very late, and one or two where I've had to prod the creator. This was one of the first Kickstarters I backed, and I didn't want to be that annoying person hassling someone when they're just trying to get things out the door. Maybe if I'd have been a squeaky wheel my experience may have been different. But by the time I'd got to the point of thinking about writing a message, my gut instinct said I'd backed a lemon and I cut my losses and walked away: lesson learned. I hadn't backed very much, if I'd paid more maybe I'd have been more likely to start hassling.
Interesting. I've gotten my kit, and all promised components. Considering the 709 backers, and the general lack of complaints, I believe that a lot of folks DID get their kits. Looks like maybe 10 didn't get them immediately, they got lost in the post, or they are lying about it. Consider that 699/709 got their kits. That's 98.6% successful... not bad, really. In fact, I'd say that's better than the average Kickstarter results. Just some food for thought.
The FTC is finally starting to prosecute frauds like miss O'brien.
Not received your boards ? Raise a complaint here :-
I asked about my kit in Oct 2013 and Annika said it's coming soon. I asked again in March and May, and finally got a reply in July 2014. She said she "shipped another kit out" and asked me to contact her if I don't receive it within 2 weeks. I never messaged her again because it's futile. It's obvious the scale of this project became too big, things started to go wrong (Murphy's law), and she ran out of funds she got from the Kickstarter.
I also want my refund. I paid 85 dollars for the classroom kit.
Self styled "Philanthropist"...... easy to do with other people money....
"Ive contacted Kickstarter about refunding your money"..... still no refund
OY ! Scumbag sort something
O'Brien, It is my understanding that you promised me a refund.... still Nothing.
It is my understanding that Kickstarter have contacted you - asking you to respond to your backers and you have not bothered.
This person deserves no "Kudos". So many people received nothing. So many ignored emails, so many excuses.
Make Robots, Not War. Make money, screw everybody more like.
Still nothing here...
Thanks for the boards. I've managed to teach a few people about microcontrollers from these boards. I hope the negative comments don't get you down, and that these people eventually get their stuff too. Post can be terrible, I know, but you made so many more boards than you set out to, and shipped so many more than you planned to, so kudos for doing what you did. There are going to be thousands of people out there making robots that would never have done so if it hadn't been for this Kickstarter.
No response no delivery, seams like ordinary fraud ...
Still nothing. I got a message in a galaxy far far away, staing if I didn't get anything within four weeks to contact her, which I did and again, silence.
When you see those images saying "Just take my money!" I don't think they actually mean to steal from good people and never give them for which they back the project for.
Personally, it wasn't for boards, it was so she could go on expensive trips to talk about robotics 'n' stuff!
GIVE ME MY MONEY BACK!!!!!!!
Any updates on shipping my (and several others it seems) pledge rewards?
Anyone heard something? Or just consider this kickstarter a waste of money? At least for me!
Such behavior to just stop communicating! :-(
I haven't received anything either, except some promises and a statement that my board has been shipped without any tracking numbers or details
Still nothing... :-(
Amazing, after numerous times of trying to contact this creator via normal channels the only response I received after posting a message on that group was a message that the boards were shipped twice to my previous address, shipments for which I never received any notice or tracking information. I didn't move in more than 10 years and never had a problem with items shipped from other KS campaigns I backed.
Obviously after posting the message on that meetup board I was removed without an option now to respond, and the message sent via Kickstarter calling me "dumb" because she has my address... very professional.
I had no intentions to harass anybody Ms. Annika, I was trying to get a response or explanation of what happened with this pledge but never got any, the last message I ever received was in October 2103 saying:
"I got 2 more of the new boards in and neither work. I'm trying to figure out why they can't just send me the board exactly like I ordered it. Pinouts shouldn't be a big deal, but they aren't able to ship me working boards so far."
After that, no boards, no more messages, zilch, nothing.
You can keep the money, you can keep the boards, I'm no longer interested and I feel really bad to have backed you and your project, I just wanted a response and you just did in the most unprofessional manner.
"Make Robots, Not War" <-- Good one :-)
If you still havent received your product, I would urge you to contact kickstarter support to get a refund. Ive also added a new discussion on the LA Robotics Club website which you may like to add to
Good Luck and hope you get your money back.
This is mostly a FYI. I was working on a project that required PWM. None of the digital pins on the Magnolia boards are broken out to the header on the boards. Its only 6 of the analog ports. A0 thru A5.
If you look at the data sheet for the ATMEGA328P you see that pins 5 (Arduino pin 3) pin 11 (Arduino pin 5) pin 12 (Arduino pin 6) pin 17 (Arduino pin 11) pin 16 (Arduino pin 10) pin 15 (Arduino pin 9) supports PWM. I've added addition headers to the pins listed above and tested them with a scope. They all work great.
On a side note, I've also gotten a I2C device working by adding the additional headers to the correct pins that support SCL/SDA .
Yup, she is the hot maker social media abusing chick
Doesnt seem to be too stressed, have a look on google +
the laroticsclub.org seems to be part of the con too
I'm also still waiting and this lady does not respond anywhere :-(
Hi, Is any of this sort of crowd funding regulated ? I ordered a Swarm-bot Robotics Kit @ $40 + UK shipping. Emails have been ignored and many people seem to be out of pocket. Fine, its a local robotics club but tht doesnt justify beng ignored.......
Haven't received anything. No answer on kickstarter messages or email.
havent seen any goods.... wonder what happened?
I am loosing all hopes that I will ever receive my reward! Please reply to my message.
I got mine late guys. Maybe try to message Annika on FB or G+ she always responded to me.
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I was hopeful in getting at least a partial refund but neither messages, goods or moneys have made it my way!
I'm a victim of fraud. If I was never going to get the goods then fine, I would have donated $5 for her robotics club or something!
Still nothing up here in Canada; neither response to message nor my kit.
I agree with Felix Kolk, this project shows no sign of life anymore. I will also be more careful with overfunded kickstarter projects.
I'm still waiting on my pledge as well
I haven't received my swarm-bot kit either, but the purpose of the project was to make a platform for the robotics club and I'm happy to donate $50 for that cause.
Still no response to my message; it has been over a month. Any further word on this project?
Hey everybody, I personally regard this project as dead.
There is no responsibility of Kickstarter for this. I surely will be more carefull with gross overfunded KS projects.
Take care everybody
I've contacted kickstarter regarding a refund as I've never received my pledge. Good people had paid good money and I'm one not to give up on a quest. I want either my money back or my boards.
Why aren't people getting their pledges when over $24k was made....
Annika keeps posting in Google+, so I think she's still alive and we don't have to be worried about her. However I agree with most of the recent comments here that this project seems to be dead and quite a few people - including myself - did not get their pledge. Disappointing in the end but yet another lesson learned. My last call to Annika: Please be fair with all us patient backers and give us at least a statement. Thanks!
Received by board plus FTDI, dead on arrival, unable to get it to upload any sketch. I'll try desoldering the tx,rx LEDs as suggested and see if that gets the board to work.
She said mine was shipped ages ago. No response in 2 weeks. I think she gave up? I know this was way more work than expected, but this is really unprofessional.
6 weeks have passed since my last request for an update but yet to have any feedback. Do I write this off.
I haven't received anything yet. Any chance I will get my board? I should have just gone for a raspberry Pi.
The stuff was supposed to be shipped over a year ago, but I still have not received mine. I also moved last month.
With the lack of update, I'm guessing Annika is no longer involved? Should I just consider this a bad back?
FYI those with dead boards: I found that on three boards, the board appeared to work, but the upload wasn't working.
I traced it back on two of them to the LEDs draining too much from the FTDI (I don't even know how that's possible) so desoldered them and they work fine.
The third was a faulty 10k resistor on the reset pin (I think; it's the one next to the little capacitor on the board).
Reviving two out of three makes me happy, but I don't know enough about board design or have the right tools to fix the SMD 10K. If you have simple soldering skills, and a multimeter, try to find out what is wrong with your board before giving up on it.
While we're waiting for some official tutorial stuff, I have begun to write a gitbook to help my friends and family that I'm teaching.
Also, don't forget there is a reddit sub
I have yet to receive my swarm kit as well... Please update us, Annika. (Sent you a message on Apr 9 with no reply yet...) I am in no stress to receive it, but I would appreciate to know if it is in progress or something is holding it up... (Especially since you mentioned that you sent out the last boards in the start of January...)
I totally agree with Alexander; KEEP COMMUNICATING. This is taking too long
Annika, "Mailing out the last boards" was your last update on Jan 11 2014 - 3 months passed since then, but I have still not received the boards and no update from you. I've been patient all the time, but my patience is coming to an end. Please update.
No boards yet ? Annika please respond because this is taking too long.
Where do I find the circuit diagrams and other documentation for the boards? This is my first Anduino project so I'm not sure where to start.
Still no swarm bots in my mailbox :(