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A wireless headset without speakers?  Discover how Sound Band can open your ears...
A wireless headset without speakers? Discover how Sound Band can open your ears...
3,982 backers pledged $547,125 to help bring this project to life.

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    1. David Campbell about 3 hours ago

      彼らは刑務所でこの男を置く必要があります。

    2. David Campbell about 4 hours ago

      Excellent read: http://www.xconomy.com/detroit-ann-arbor/2016/04/27/hybras-kickstarter-backers-file-complaints-allege-fraud-and-wait/#
      "Hybra backers have filed at least 30 formal complaints with the Federal Trade Commission and three with the Michigan Attorney General’s office"
      It's not too late to add your formal complaint:
      Consolidated List of People Who Have Filed a Complaint With the FTC.
      Just go to: https://www.ftccomplaintassistant.gov/
      category: Internet Services, Online Shopping, or Computers
      sub-category: Online Shopping
      ---------------------------------------------------
      *Add Your Name If You Want To Share You Have Done This*
      ---------------------------------------------------
      Please copy-and-paste this list, including the header above, and this preamble, and add your Kickstarter username to the top of the numbered section. Please also add where you are based, especially if you are not US-based.
      Over the years, many people in these forums have publicly mentioned filing a complaint against Hybra Advance Technology Inc / Joe Thiel. These comments have been easy to miss, because there are thousands of comments.
      Also, whenever someone Googles this product, or its originators, this list appears in the search results. A case of "reaping what you sow"

      24. David Campbell, USA
      23.Lee Teck Koon, Singapore
      22. Stephen Kac, USA
      21. Benedikt Dressler, Germany
      20. Magdalena Lorentz, Germany
      19. Mark Nordlund, USA
      18. Page Chen, USA
      17. Chris Hogan, Canada
      16. BJ Van Gundy, USA
      15. Jackie Cane, US
      14. Ian Howell, Canada
      13. mikuri naoya, japan
      12. WEN CHENG ,Taiwan
      11. HT Bottoms
      10. Pascal Forget, Canada
      9. Kevin Ooi, SG
      8. James Oon
      7. Ron Cashman
      6. Bart Tuteleers
      5. Dave H USA
      4. Tyson Edwards, USA
      3. Paul Christopher, USA
      2. Hampus Haara, Sweden
      1. Jeanette Davis, UK

    3. Narq 1 day ago

      The biggest losers here are all the legit creators that will never get anyone to fund their projects due to scams like this. Kickstarter loses too. Shame on them for allowing this to go unchallenged. However, you folks (and me) are out the cash. There is absolutely nothing you can do about it. No FTC, no Kickstarter, no anything is gonna change that. Unless the Sound Band actually becomes more than just photoshopped images, the fat lady has sung (and you'll be hearing it in your old headphones). R.I.P.

    4. Pascal Forget 3 days ago

      Excellent read: http://www.xconomy.com/detroit-ann-arbor/2016/04/27/hybras-kickstarter-backers-file-complaints-allege-fraud-and-wait/#

      "Hybra backers have filed at least 30 formal complaints with the Federal Trade Commission and three with the Michigan Attorney General’s office"
      It's not too late to add your formal complaint:
      Consolidated List of People Who Have Filed a Complaint With the FTC.
      Just go to: https://www.ftccomplaintassistant.gov/
      category: Internet Services, Online Shopping, or Computers
      sub-category: Online Shopping
      ---------------------------------------------------
      *Add Your Name If You Want To Share You Have Done This*
      ---------------------------------------------------
      Please copy-and-paste this list, including the header above, and this preamble, and add your Kickstarter username to the top of the numbered section. Please also add where you are based, especially if you are not US-based.
      Over the years, many people in these forums have publicly mentioned filing a complaint against Hybra Advance Technology Inc / Joe Thiel. These comments have been easy to miss, because there are thousands of comments.
      Also, whenever someone Googles this product, or its originators, this list appears in the search results. A case of "reaping what you sow"
      23. Lee Teck Koon, Singapore
      22. Stephen Kac, USA
      21. Benedikt Dressler, Germany
      20. Magdalena Lorentz, Germany
      19. Mark Nordlund, USA
      18. Page Chen, USA
      17. Chris Hogan, Canada
      16. BJ Van Gundy, USA
      15. Jackie Cane, US
      14. Ian Howell, Canada
      13. mikuri naoya, japan
      12. WEN CHENG ,Taiwan
      11. HT Bottoms
      10. Pascal Forget, Canada
      9. Kevin Ooi, SG
      8. James Oon
      7. Ron Cashman
      6. Bart Tuteleers
      5. Dave H USA
      4. Tyson Edwards, USA
      3. Paul Christopher, USA
      2. Hampus Haara, Sweden
      1. Jeanette Davis, UK

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      mikuri naoya 4 days ago

      詐欺詐欺詐欺

    6. Mark Nordlund 4 days ago

      @HybraAdvanceTechnology,Inc.
      You mentioned on March 21st that links would be posted for the Media story you stated would be out later towards the end of March. It has been over a month since that comment below. Any more updates as I do see you are planning on rolling out the Orb which seems a similar product.

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      Andrew Peachey 5 days ago

      Just read the most recent xconomy article and noticed they mentioned the hybratech website been updated, which I had not realised. Thought I'd have a browse and noticed under the packaging tab, there is a picture of soundband in plastic packaging. Is this a render? is this real? I can't make out on the small screen i'm browsing on, though it is a (possibly, maybe, dreaming) positive note that the website is now functional, albeit with a strange scarcity of graphics for anyone with a product to represent.

    8. Gautam Kaul 5 days ago

      where the F*** is our MONEY...

      SCAMSTERS....

      48hrs i don't here and Monday these guys will know what happens to SCAMSTERS.

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      13vrod 5 days ago

      Someone said something about the 28th of April maybe I missed the email or they meant next year

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      Rick Hendrickson 5 days ago

      Mission: FAIL!!!!!!

      Mission

      Hybra Advance Technology, founded in 2009, is a product development company specializing in bringing emerging technologies to market. Headquartered in Warren, Michigan, Hybra’s core philosophy embodies the spirit of forward thinking, enables collaborative innovation, and embraces the passion for leadership that is present in every entrepreneur. We dedicate ourselves to each project seeing it through from proof-of-concept to turn-key ready to manufacture. Technology moves quickly, as we all well know. To stay competitive in product development, it is imperative to embrace change in every form. We at Hybra dedicate time and resources to continuously research new emerging technologies and pressing continuous evaluation of current processes, thereby staying at the forefront of innovation to meet the high expectations of our customers.

      It seems you are now OUT of business. Can't think of anyone would recommend or hire you.
      I have 2 pledges so, am in for over $300. Could have flushed it at the local casino and at least had some fun.

      If this is a project fail just tell us so we can go on with our earbuds and\or noise cancelling headphones.

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      Mithra 5 days ago

      The Xconomy article brings up a disjointed money situation from Joe himself. Roy and the larger group pointed to the financial shuffling long, long ago. Pascal Forget mentioned in his Sept. 14, 2015 comment a response from Joe by e-mail which I only repeat one sentence here: “500k is not even 1/5th of the $$ it will take to finish this.” That was a month after the coat hanger redesign which was 4 months after the prototype that looked something like the original.

      I interpreted that to mean that all hopes are pinned on some entity with the financial capability to fund the idea. I’d hate to use the word miracle because that would actually be optimistic.

    12. royblumenthal 6 days ago

      It's all a big misunderstanding. The backers have misinterpreted a word in the project title: "Sound Band - Finally, a headset without speakers!"

      The word we got wrong is "headset".

      The correct way to think about it is "mindset". Then Sound Band is actually not a product at all... It's a way of thinking.

      So... If you listen to the world around you, and pretend that you're listening via Bluetooth, and think about the money you spent, you're ACTUALLY hearing your world through Sound Band.

      In a very complicated and philosophical way, Joe Thiel has actually delivered on his promise.

    13. BrianUnknown 6 days ago

      You know this whole thing is a load of bull- I mean, 3 years, doesn't feel the need to post updates, still continues to say there are issues with it, "Private investors" and more bull- Guy I can't be respectful when you say one thing, and do another. December 2013 has long gone and past. You might not think 3 years is long, or you might think 3 years is fine, but 3 years is a long time, and I still have lost 125$ from this. Maybe, just maybe, you should think about idk, accepting that you are a fraudulent company. Infact your site is complete fraud being that everything on it, is complete and utter bull- Look at the pages, complete lies. AND what ever happened to the "Orb ring" because that was before the soundband, and look at where we are now. Sitting here, with nothing and lost money.

    14. Paul Christopher 6 days ago

      The fact remains that Joe refuses to show anything that is going on to the people that gave him the money to make this happen. There are no updates anymore and when Joe does show face in here its for a split second and he's gone again for months. If progress really was being made then you'd think he'd be preaching it often here, yet here we are with nothing to show for it and still have no realistic view on when/if we'll ever see this product.

    15. Leewelo Lorekeeper 6 days ago

      Fresh comments from Joe...nothing new however.

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      Devon Berthiaume on April 26

      I hate to be a little rain cloud, but per Taylor's email conversation, April 28th is two days away. It would be nice if you hyped us up a little for the sound band if it is still on track. If not, maybe give us a new projected time line? Maybe a thank you for supporting you for so long financially when a bank wouldn't.

    17. Kalus on April 26

      @Hybra We are still here and waiting for '...later this month'. Hm.., is it next month in relative to last month ? Keep some month's alive and update us....it would feel good, no matter of probability...

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      Mithra on April 22

      @Neil Lasher: That product is another Schrödinger's cat scenario. The product both exists and does not exist until you see it. The answer depends upon the view of reality you are willing to accept.

      The simpler answer is that only Orb prototypes were ever produced. Whether they actually worked is a question that very few people can answer. You'd probably get similar answers whether you asked AbsolutelyNew or Hybra.

    19. Neil Lasher on April 21

      I see you have another product the Orb. Tell us about that product, do you have that? why not ship me one of those instead if it exists.

    20. Scott on April 19

      Man I hate to jump on the hate train, but ya, no updates in forever? Do I mark this a scam?

    21. Chris Hogan on April 16

      Any updates on this vapourware project? Thanks for nothing so far.

    22. Paul Christopher on April 15

      @Taylor

      I notice that the date given to you still lacks a year to go with it. This is meant to show progress while still being very ambiguous. I would be surprised if they meant this year with no data being shown here for months.

      @D.L.
      Hopefully that article drops soon and we can see what is going on

    23. D.L. on April 12

      Fun and interesting information, all. I reached out to Sarah Schmid, who wrote the few articles on Xconomy about the Soundband project. I expressed to her that Hybra is again (still?) not being forthcoming with information/updates, and that any and all promises of information made by Hybra have been since disregarded or ignored. She let me know that she is currently working on another follow-up story and it (the article, not the Soundband) should drop very soon.

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      Peter W. Ritzmann on April 12

      4 Months and no update! Not acceptable. Neither is this indefinite delay. What a scam!

    25. Trogdor on April 11

      @Taylor
      I've been talking to these folks for a while. I'm inclined to believe based on our conversations. For me the question had changed from "IF" to "When"...fingers crossed.

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      Taylor Erickson on April 11

      Taylor,

      Thank You for your mail. We are just finalizing all the packaging, the product manual, and the charging components. I can promise you that the product is far better than what we presented on Kickstarter. We will begin distributing the final production units on April 28th. As always we appreciate your feedback and support. We could not have done it without you!

      Very Best,

      Hybra

      Just got this. Thoughts?

    27. Neil Lasher on April 11

      @hybra You posted something in middle of March about media at the end of the month. Which month is that I wonder. 10% of backers on a money back list, another list of those who are reporting you for fraud. Do you understand the implications of fraud? Where is the money? Do you have anywhere enough to make this product? Time to do those refunds now before someone bangs on your door holding handcuffs. Kickstarter says I should be respectful and considerate in my post. I am respectful, I am being considerate. Are you?

    28. Daniel S on April 9

      My first born son was born a week before this was successfully funded. Our second son was born a week ago. Now I have a 2.5 year old, a newborn, and no SoundBand. Maybe I'll have a SoundBand by the time we have our third child? Maybe by the time he's married?

    29. Manlio Lo Giudice on April 6

      Please I'll be leaving USA soon! The product or a refund before December please!

    30. Tyson Edwards on April 6

      The level of "meh" surrounding this project couldn't possibly get any higher. Just so you're aware in case you didn't notice... March is now a week gone, your product delivery schedules are years gone, and you've yet to show a single item of substance.

    31. Kalus on April 6

      Woohoo, a glimmer of hope for 2016...so keep it up hybra.

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      mikuri naoya on April 5

      何言ってるんだ?わかりにくい言い回しはやめてはっきりしてくれ!

    33. Leewelo Lorekeeper on April 4

      @hybra
      >>We will release the procedure at the same time as the media releases later this month.
      Please confirm the year. The same as Soundband being manufactured ?

    34. Paul Christopher on March 31

      I'll believe it when I see it Joe. You have fallen through on numerous promises/deadlines so I won't be holding my breath..

    35. Pamela Porter on March 24

      Is there any hope of ever seeing these headphones?

    36. Gordon Gekko on March 23

      Thanks for the update, can't wait to see the finished product!! Must feel good for you being so close to the end and moving on!

    37. Gary Bracey on March 22

      Of 15 Kickstarter/Indigogo projects I've backed since 2012, I have received only 4 products (both of which were actually on time!). The investments have ranged from $50 to almost $1,000.

      There are 2 issues I have the most problem with:
      1) Deliveries exceeding 1 year beyond what was originally promised - this demonstrates deceit within the original pitch as no-one can be stupid enough to mis-estimate by such a huge margin, and;
      2) Poor communication with backers. OK, if you are running late then keeping your investors in the loop is not only respectful but also necessary to maintain decent PR.

      This project has fallen afoul of both of these examples and due to this, and a number of other similarly-backed campaigns, I will no longer be suckered into any more of these crowdfunding scams.

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      Creator Hybra Advance Technology, Inc. on March 21

      Dear Backers,
      We have contacted two local media sources to come out and do a non-bias story on the production soundbands. We will update you with those links when they go online. The durability testing took a little longer than expected, so the unit delivery was delayed a bit. We also had to build some additional production tooling. We have requested final quotes for 10,000 units and will batch them as we explained before. 200 first run then 400 unit batches until all the KS units are delivered. As for refunds, we have a plan for that as well. We will release the procedure at the same time as the media releases later this month.

      Very Best,
      Hybra

    39. Viknesh Victor on March 17

      Better be shooting frikkin laser beams when it ships.

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      Omar Ramroop on March 15

      Really, do you not think the backers are now way past respectful and considerate?

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      Omar Ramroop on March 15

      You are now 3 years behind. What is your revised timescale for delivery?
      Regards. Yet Another Hacked off Backer!

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      Daniel Jadot on March 15

      For those who still have hope:

      https://goo.gl/PtmOeO

    43. Lee Teck Koon on March 15

      Forget the long list. THIS is the list you should be on if you are sick of priapic scumbags that steal:
      Consolidated List of People Who Have Filed a Complaint With the FTC.
      Just go to: https://www.ftccomplaintassistant.gov/
      category: Internet Services, Online Shopping, or Computers
      sub-category: Online Shopping
      ---------------------------------------------------
      *Add Your Name If You Want To Share You Have Done This*
      ---------------------------------------------------
      Please copy-and-paste this list, including the header above, and this preamble, and add your Kickstarter username to the top of the numbered section. Please also add where you are based, especially if you are not US-based.
      Over the years, many people in these forums have publicly mentioned filing a complaint against Hybra Advance Technology Inc / Joe Thiel. These comments have been easy to miss, because there are thousands of comments.
      Also, whenever someone Googles this product, or its originators, this list appears in the search results. A case of "reaping what you sow"
      23. Lee Teck Koon, Singapore
      22. Stephen Kac, USA
      21. Benedikt Dressler, Germany
      20. Magdalena Lorentz, Germany
      19. Mark Nordlund, USA
      18. Page Chen, USA
      17. Chris Hogan, Canada
      16. BJ Van Gundy, USA
      15. Jackie Cane, US
      14. Ian Howell, Canada
      13. mikuri naoya, japan
      12. WEN CHENG ,Taiwan
      11. HT Bottoms
      10. Pascal Forget, Canada
      9. Kevin Ooi, SG
      8. James Oon
      7. Ron Cashman
      6. Bart Tuteleers
      5. Dave H USA
      4. Tyson Edwards, USA
      3. Paul Christopher, USA
      2. Hampus Haara, Sweden
      1. Jeanette Davis, UK

    44. Stephen Aleksei Kac on March 14

      Forget the long list. THIS is the list you should be on if you are sick of priapic scumbags that steal:
      Consolidated List of People Who Have Filed a Complaint With the FTC.
      Just go to: https://www.ftccomplaintassistant.gov/
      category: Internet Services, Online Shopping, or Computers
      sub-category: Online Shopping
      ---------------------------------------------------
      *Add Your Name If You Want To Share You Have Done This*
      ---------------------------------------------------
      Please copy-and-paste this list, including the header above, and this preamble, and add your Kickstarter username to the top of the numbered section. Please also add where you are based, especially if you are not US-based.
      Over the years, many people in these forums have publicly mentioned filing a complaint against Hybra Advance Technology Inc / Joe Thiel. These comments have been easy to miss, because there are thousands of comments.
      Also, whenever someone Googles this product, or its originators, this list appears in the search results. A case of "reaping what you sow"
      22. Stephen Kac, USA
      21. Benedikt Dressler, Germany
      20. Magdalena Lorentz, Germany
      19. Mark Nordlund, USA
      18. Page Chen, USA
      17. Chris Hogan, Canada
      16. BJ Van Gundy, USA
      15. Jackie Cane, US
      14. Ian Howell, Canada
      13. mikuri naoya, japan
      12. WEN CHENG ,Taiwan
      11. HT Bottoms
      10. Pascal Forget, Canada
      9. Kevin Ooi, SG
      8. James Oon
      7. Ron Cashman
      6. Bart Tuteleers
      5. Dave H USA
      4. Tyson Edwards, USA
      3. Paul Christopher, USA
      2. Hampus Haara, Sweden
      1. Jeanette Davis, UK

    45. Anthony Hinds on March 13

      Another year, phantom deadline come and gone... Sigh!

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      mikuri naoya on March 12

      金返せ!
      この詐欺師が!

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      Luc Gaquerel on March 12

      I would like a refund

      Pas très sérieux tout ça

    48. Mac Senour on March 10

      All, they haven't logged in since December 17th, posting a list of those wanting a refund is a nice idea, but only if they're here to see it. If this does ever ship, it will be such old tech that no one on eBay will want it.

      My suggestion, move on with your life, nothing to see here.

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