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OpenVizsla is an open source, high-speed USB sniffer that will help decode, debug and hack proprietary USB hardware devices.
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bushing

584 backers pledged $81,025 to help bring this project to life.

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    1. Creator Jeff Rush on September 26, 2014

      Thank you for my assembled board in a case. And thank you most especially for your persistence in making this happen, and I hope you can rest and recover from the experience.

    2. Creator Devin on July 17, 2014

      I was pleasantly surprised by my boards in the mail. Thanks Bushing!

    3. Creator mrmike on July 15, 2014

      Board in hand. Now just need to build the test SW and see if it does things.

    4. Creator Martin Appleton on June 9, 2014

      Just received my board as well - great work! Congratulations on getting there!
      My first kickstarter pledge finally fulfilled :-)

    5. Creator Nick Ludlam on June 3, 2014

      I too have just got my board. Well done, that was victory snatched from the jaws of defeat!

    6. Creator jason rexilius on June 2, 2014

      I just received my board! Better late than never. Thanks!

    7. Creator djmdjm on December 1, 2013

      Could we please have an update?

    8. Creator Jonathan James on September 13, 2013

      Guys, could you give us some insight into when the boards will begin to ship?

    9. Creator Tim Goldstein on June 26, 2013

      Progress in the Jan 30, 2013 update looked great. But it is now the end of June and we have heard nothing in 5 months. Delays are fine, but communicate what is happening. At this point I am starting to think my $250 got me nothing but a few updates in 2-1/2 years and that may be the extent of my return.

    10. Creator Eelco Fermont on June 21, 2013

      What's the latest news? Sorry to say, but this has approached the point of being a ridiculous long wait...

    11. Creator gmarsh on May 18, 2013

      Come on guys... get this done.

    12. Creator Keith Jarvis on May 9, 2013

      According to the U.S. BLS my $250 in 2010 dollars is now worth $266.87. If I had invested that in Google on Dec 22, 2010 I would have $362. If I had flushed that money down the toilet I'd have the same thing I have right now.

    13. Creator djmdjm on May 1, 2013

      Could you please do another update? It's been three months since the last one.

    14. Creator Michael Barron on March 15, 2013

      Will the kit of parts be hand solderable? Can I pick-flux-paste-reflow a single board in my house oven? Or are these components just too small?

    15. Creator Joe on October 28, 2012

      Hey guys, Any update on the status of this project?

    16. Creator Ed Marshall on September 24, 2012

      Hey guys, it's approaching the end of September, a month and a half since the last update.

      The last time I commented on this topic, it was the beginning of May. The project was successfully funded almost two years ago.

      I suspect my pledge has disappeared into the ether at this point.

    17. Creator djmdjm on August 9, 2012

      Come on, this is silly. We shouldn't have to beg for a status update every few months. Please commit to doing them monthly.

    18. Creator Graeme Gill on August 7, 2012

      Too bad this project seems to have gone off the rails, mainly (it appears) due to feature creep. We signed up for a USB analyser, not something that can do anything and everything. Far better to have delivered on what was promised, and then do a follow on project to cover all the other possibilities. As my first experience with Kickstarter, I think I'll stay away until some sort of accountability mechanism is introduced, otherwise it seems far too easy for someone to come up with a cool idea, gather a bunch of money, and then spend it "having fun" at the backers expense.
      Doing your best and failing or falling behind is understandable. The lack of regular progress reports is simply unacceptable.

    19. Creator Teflon on August 5, 2012

      Are the plans and code for this project going to be published ?

    20. Creator jetdillo on July 30, 2012

      I'm basically giving up here. 20 months on and there's no device and we're back to quarterly(ish) updates. Maybe some day I'll get my board and parts, maybe not.
      The "Day job" excuse only works so far and at some point, barring being hit-by-a-bus-level life events you need to admit you totally under-spec'ed the amount of time and effort this would take. I'm just glad I'm only in for $100 and not the $500+ level(s).

    21. Creator Zeode on July 26, 2012

      How are things coming along?

    22. Creator Jonathan James on June 18, 2012

      Do you have any projections for estimated time of completion?

    23. Creator jeffers on June 17, 2012

      you guys gonna sell like a components kit for people that bought pcb only?

    24. Creator jetdillo on May 11, 2012

      I've only been saying this WRT lack of updates for about 8-12 months now. I really hope you are taking the need for frequent feedback and updates seriously.

    25. Creator bushing on May 10, 2012

      Hi John,

      Point taken, thanks again for your ongoing support. We've just posted an update and we'll post another one in a few days when we have some photos to show.

    26. Creator John Royle on May 10, 2012

      Backers are starting to talk amongst themselves about their frustration. I think that chatter will result in something more organised soon. My advice to the OpenVizsla project is this - post updates regularly, I'd say once a week. If you don't, people will assume that something fishy is going on and you may find that you have more stuff to distract you than you expected.

    27. Creator Teflon on May 6, 2012

      Please provide an update.

    28. Creator Ed Marshall on May 5, 2012

      Can't second djmdjm's comment enough: posting a regular status update isn't much of a burden on you, and it would give us some insight into the manufacturing or development challenges you've been working on.

      Is it that hard to open up a browser to kickstarter.com once a week, and type up a quick status update, even if it's "sorry, no progress to report"?

    29. Creator mrmike on May 2, 2012

      I'm going on 4 development cycles on hardware that I really could have used this tool on since I pledged. I've since dropped a bunch of cash on other hardware to do the job instead. Have to say, I'm sad that my first big KickStarter pledge has turned out so poorly.

    30. Creator djmdjm on April 25, 2012

      Hi,

      I appreciate that your development course has been more complicated than you initially envisaged, but the lack of updates is really frustrating. Could you please start doing them regularly?

      Thanks,
      Damien

    31. Creator Patrick Kane on April 23, 2012

      pytey,

      If you guys provided regular updates, I suspect most of your backers would feel a lot less frustrated.

      Send around an update to backers at least once a month with concrete stuff that you guys have completed and a list of what you're currently working on.

    32. Creator bushing on April 14, 2012

      Chris,

      I've just checked the backer report and you should have been getting the emailed updates from Kickstarter, the email address that you are using starts with "e". I also invited you to the mailing list last year - as you can see from this image - http://openvizsla.org/image/list.png but you chose not to accept the invitation (or it has been gobbled up by your spam filters).

      Yes, the project has taken longer than anticipated, but it is still all underway, we have spun hundreds of boards during the R&D process and we are almost complete with the latest board (that hopefully will be close to the board that will be shipped to backers).

      Don't lose heart, we are well known and people trust us, we are working on this actively.

      Thanks

      -- pytey.

    33. Creator Chris Grayson on April 14, 2012

      I funded this and never received anything from anyone. Not even so much as an email communication. The OpenVizsla has nothing but a link to this KickStarter project. The Twitter account has never sent a single tweet. You guys raised over $80k, more than four times what you asked for, almost a year and a half ago, and just took the money and ran. Someone should sue you.

    34. Creator Eric Smith on April 10, 2012

      475 days and counting. This is getting absurd. "Soon" apparently has a different meaning here.

    35. Creator Ryan Braun on March 6, 2012

      Thanks bushing! The hard work is much appreciated and I can't wait to put the analyzer to use..

    36. Creator John Royle on March 6, 2012

      Appreciate the reply. Look forward to further updates.

    37. Creator bushing on March 6, 2012

      John/Charles

      We'll be posting an update soon, but we have made great progress and the core team are working on the firmware while the next prototype board design are being readied for manufacturing.

      The project has been far more involved and complicated than we imagined and as we have mentioned in previous updates we had some issues with hardware problems, these have been rectified now and we are moving onto the next design.

      There is a reason why tools that are on the market currently cost $LOTS (because of the huge amount of R&D that has to happen) and all of those analysers don't have as many features as the OpenVizsla will, so that has to be taken into account.

      We know that the device you'll eventually receive will be used not only for USB analysis but for a host of other analysis jobs, we know it will be the go to device, not only for an Open Source device, but it will be chosen again and again over commercial devices that you may have in your lab.

      We can't give a concrete date on shipping as yet as we don't have the next boards back and those have not been tested and we don't want to let anyone down with false promises.

      We are working on this night and day (while also fitting in time for our day jobs).

      Thanks

      -- pytey.

    38. Creator John Royle on March 6, 2012

      An update and come concrete dates on when you will be shipping would be good. Has anyone had anything out of this project yet?

    39. Creator Charles Alvis on March 3, 2012

      I am hungry for an update. The last update (In Jan) had some very promising news and I am just wondering how far it has progressed since then?

    40. Creator Eric Smith on January 4, 2012

      @jetdillo Well, before the end of *a* year.

    41. Creator Teflon on December 26, 2011

      "Would be great to get an update on progress though. I don't think that is unreasonable for backers to expect an update once a month!"

      +1

    42. Creator jetdillo on December 14, 2011

      So, with the first anniversary of this project coming up, I was hoping we could get an update ?
      Can mid-tier backers expect to see their units before the end of the year ?
      Thanks!

    43. Creator willjcroz on December 7, 2011

      Hi, hope it is all going well with the project. Would be great to get an update on progress though. I don't think that is unreasonable for backers to expect an update once a month! Cheers.

    44. Creator LEYNAERT on November 25, 2011

      Hi, I did not expect that this proejct would take so long....looking forward to get one board and be able to do something. Thanks.

    45. Creator bushing on October 24, 2011

      djmdjm: We posted an update a couple of days ago, maybe you missed it? You can see it in the updates tab above.

      Thanks!

    46. Creator djmdjm on October 23, 2011

      Could you please make another update? It has been a long time and we backers would love to know how things are going.

    47. Creator Jonathan James on October 13, 2011

      Would love an update as well

    48. Creator Robert Snook on October 9, 2011

      Anything going on with this project? Is there some other place updates are being released? For those of us who aren't receiving prototype boards it's a little quiet.

    49. Creator morphy (deleted) on September 22, 2011

      Would like to read some news too. ;)

    50. Creator Elio on September 19, 2011

      Any news regarding the developement of OpenVizsla?
      It seems to me that you should give us some more info regarding it: last update was made on July, 7!!!!

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