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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...
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    1. F Leonardo on November 6

      I don’t think invoking your rights will do anything. The only hope of any sort of response is to send Kickstarter multiple emails about this campaign.

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      John McAthey on November 4

      Yeah, at this point, I would like a refund... This product has not had regular updates. shows no signs of progress, I do not think we have seen real world production of these...

      Although at this point I do not think we are going to get anything back, just tossed money into the waste bin :(

    3. Steffen Beth on November 3

      I invoke my rights under Kickstarter's Terms of Use:
      https://www.kickstarter.com/terms-of-use/oct2012
      "Project Creators are required to fulfill all rewards of their successful fundraising campaigns or refund any Backer whose reward they do not or cannot fulfill."
      I demand a full refund for my pledge amount.

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      Rene Deller on November 2

      I invoke my rights under Kickstarter's Terms of Use:
      https://www.kickstarter.com/terms-of-use/oct2012
      "Project Creators are required to fulfill all rewards of their successful fundraising campaigns or refund any Backer whose reward they do not or cannot fulfill."
      I demand a full refund for my pledge amount

    5. Kick No Mo on November 2

      Read what that means.. posting it means nothing. It just means you can sue them for not fulfilling the obligation. Only worth suing if you are a lawyer and don’t have to lose money.

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      WEN CHENG on November 1

      I invoke my rights under Kickstarter's Terms of Use:
      https://www.kickstarter.com/terms-of-use/oct2012
      "Project Creators are required to fulfill all rewards of their successful fundraising campaigns or refund any Backer whose reward they do not or cannot fulfill."
      I demand a full refund for my pledge amount.

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      Hans Honebecke on October 28

      worth a try...
      I invoke my rights under Kickstarter's Terms of Use:
      https://www.kickstarter.com/terms-of-use/oct2012
      "Project Creators are required to fulfill all rewards of their successful fundraising campaigns or refund any Backer whose reward they do not or cannot fulfill."
      I demand a full refund for my pledge amount.

    8. Trogdor
      Superbacker
      on October 26

      @Neil

      So what'll you pay me to take 'em? :)

    9. Neil Lasher on October 25

      It's been so long that now I have had to start wearing hearing aids. They sit behind the ear.

      Spose I ought to offer these for sale, any takers? Offers?

    10. Kenneth Salomon on October 25

      Can we get another update? more specifically, an update on how I go about getting a refund for this?

    11. Dave H. on October 24

      Regular project updates are only available to the beta tester level contributors, who by now are on the 5th revision of the product getting it "just right" for the rest of us.

    12. Lee Teck Koon on October 10

      Thanks all suckers for funding Hydra.
      Captain America thanks you all.

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      Peter J. Rzeminski II on October 9

      "Be respectful and considerate."

      Why should we be when the Hybra not?

    14. vrysen on October 9

      worth a try...
      I invoke my rights under Kickstarter's Terms of Use:
      https://www.kickstarter.com/terms-of-use/oct2012
      "Project Creators are required to fulfill all rewards of their successful fundraising campaigns or refund any Backer whose reward they do not or cannot fulfill."
      I demand a full refund for my pledge amount.

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      13vrod on October 8

      So broke down and bought some aftershokz since it seems that these will never arrive ☹

    16. Paul Quick
      Superbacker
      on October 7

      Fuck you Kickstarter.

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      Chris Miller on October 3

      Can we at least get a voucher meal from McDonald’s for our contribution? Better to get something then nothing at all!

    18. Harald Gaerttner (deleted) on September 25

      Good Bye everybody. The Soundbandscammers don't give a shit. Kickstarter made money but doesn't give a shit either. I'm deleting my Kickstarter account. If just Kickstarter handled this better I wouldn't leave. I know .... the don't give a shit about me leaving either. So long and thank you for nothing (not even the fish).

    19. Rand Chua TL on September 18

      Now days even able to get it cheap on Alibaba or Aliexpress website.
      for USD$40.
      https://www.aliexpress.com/w/wholesale-bone-conduction-headphones.html…

    20. Rand Chua TL on September 18

      They just need to buy this product and sent it to us. Their problem solve.
      And the product sold is cheaper that the ones they are never able to make.
      https://wishaddict.com/products/bone-conduction-headphones

    21. Dave H. on September 13

      Hey Hybra - It's coming up on three months since your last update where in the last paragraph you blame us for causing all sorts of delays and tumult in your day to day lives. We've been good since then. How about progress update?

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      Andrew Peachey on September 1

      Jeb...nice idea...actually headbones deliver that concept really well, I can vouch for them. But soundband had the concept of behind ear tech, which nobody else has delivered...and I think I can see why. We can but keep dreaming.....i fear it will remain insubstantial.

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      JEB on August 28

      They Did It !! No, not Sound Band, just many other companies....https://bonejamz.com/v1…

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      Andrew Pease on August 9

      At this point this is about as likely as halflife3

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      Peter J. Rzeminski II on July 30

      So, what is the over/under on this beating Duke Nukem Forever as the King of Vaporware?

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      13vrod on July 27

      Taking a road trip with theses shitty lighting buds
      Feeling bummed

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      Michael Snapp on June 22

      Ok..... honestly, this is the only kickstarter I have backed that has not delivered. Maybe it's just dumb luck. I dunno...

      That said. I really don't appreciate the 18 month updates. If there is one thing I can't stand in life, it's to be left in the lurch. If making this product is to much... call it. Apologize and move forward.

      At this point I had already accepted failure and was not expecting to hear anything else from hybra. It's like getting a call from an ex that wants to hang out. All the good things in the relationship have played out.... all we can offer each other at this point is prolonged misery.

      Either give me a definitive date I might hold a soundband in my hands, or leave me the f*** alone.

    28. Dave H. on June 21

      After taking a few days to let the latest update sink in, I still have a hard time accepting that anything will actually be delivered. I think we can safely say an estimated shipping date is the one piece of information that is foremost on everyone's mind, creator and backers. The fact that this point was not addressed is indicative that Hybra is still a long way from fulfilling anything.

      Secondly, the update being written by someone outside of Hybra leads me to believe that had this person not done so, Hybra was not intending to update us themselves. This too suggests to me that they have nothing of real substance to communicate and we are a long way away from a product. Even Hybra doesn't know with any reasonable degree of guessing when that will be apparently.

      Most of us know the project history all too well. We know that we were lied to throughout the campaign, not only with the production ready quote, but with the stretch goals, colour choices and what not. None of this was possible at the time and most of it still isn't possible now.

      Something as simple as a promised T-shirt still eludes the wizards that were and now are Hybra.

      We'll just have to wait and see what the next six months has in store. I for one am not excited, nor am I particularly optimistic.

    29. Leewelo Lorekeeper
      Superbacker
      on June 19

      I'm pretty sure Joe wrote it, in good faith. You have to piece it together. Again this project suffers from miscommunication.

    30. Zane Dick on June 19

      This is why I don't do kickstarter anymore. Too many failed projects, or projects thrown on the UPS truck with no idea if they really work or not.

      Kickstarter made their money here, they failed to undertake a due diligence test for someone getting $500,000 in funding.

    31. Gary Bracey on June 19

      'Dear Fellow Backers'....
      Who composed this update as it doesn't seem to be anyone from Hybra?

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      Randy Vinyard on June 19

      Well, what a long strange trip it's been for you guys. I for one appreciate the update and the perseverance it has taken to get to this point. Most people that have never taken on a big project don't get the real world things that you encounter and have to overcome. I wish you good luck with completing this I look forward to a working set of Hybras. Thanks!

    33. David Campbell on June 18

      If I was sound band, I would have bypassed KS and gone straight to Venture capital. I would have taken the whole project to China and had this thing done in a year. While the tooling was being done, I would have been selling the IP licenses all around, especially to Apple. It has been almost 4 years. I don't think we're out of line here. I saw a video of a working model back in 2013, building one a day, every backer would have their units! I assumed that your tooling was already done and production was the only thing left. There is a photo of the dang thing in the photo above, so if my patience seems a bit thin, it is. The last thing I need is a pathetic "email" talking about how hard they were working. They never responded to any of my emails and even got the chamber of commerce to stop giving out their contact information. I have not backed one thing since this "parlor trick" and refuse to use this or any other platform as I have seen what can and will happen. As far as being "respectful and considerate", I have been, and I have been ignored by HAT for 3 years, they need to bear the brunt of non-performance.

    34. David Campbell on June 18

      If I was sound band, I would have bypassed KS and gone straight to

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      Philip Ho on June 18

      Surprise for an update after such a long time
      Good the see the progress and seems all difficult parts are completed now but why are we not getting a timeline for shipping at the end?

    36. Hampus Haara
      Superbacker
      on June 18

      Good to see a new update, but;
      I must say that all the technical talk is a bit above my head, and when I earlier have hoped for frequent updates I haven't required much from them but to know stuff is going on and maybe a new timeline, however temporary it might have been...
      So, wanting such updates, I believe, isn't unreasonable, am I right?
      I know others have wanted more proof and harassed you about it, and I might have been seen as one of them since they were the loudest voices and thus easy to presume to be right...
      Since the project have been in the works for so long (and during a long period without ANY updates) you have to understand that both "techie" backers and those like me who don't get everything behind the product will start to doubt that anything will come out of this...
      So, now blaming the negative attitudes for almost derailing the project is to me utterly irresponsible!
      Of course negative comments can get to you, but not providing updates, you have to realise that it at least MAY invite negative response... hence; DON'T blame backers wanting information about the progress for the derailment of said progress, that's on you.
      Taking that responsibility, and being transparent about circumstances and how they effected timelines, FROM THE BEGINNING, would have produced a different climate here, and then you'd have the right to blame concerned backers that took out there frustrations by writing to you.
      Sincerely
      Hampus Haara

    37. RTShields on June 18

      I've had originally crossed this one as a loos and failure, but if y'all can finish what was started so many years ago I will happily change that perception. Thank you for the update.

    38. John A. Wilmot Jr. on June 18

      Thanks for this new update. This is all I had asked for. I just want to know what is going on. Good or Bad!!
      I'm very happy to hear everything is coming together and now working well.
      Thanks again

    39. Mark S. Harris on June 18

      It's good to finally get an update. I'd written this off as a Kickstarter failure and loss.

      Having had two electronics engineering contracts cancelled lately because I was too careful as opposed to being 'fast', I commend you for continuing. I understand the unknowns that can come up. They are awfully hard to plan for.

      However, I would still like to have seen a new estimated ETA for the units.

    40. gansmedia on June 18

      So is this being finally sent out or are we subject to another failed project? Tired of these long updates, when is it coming?

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      Jennifer Yap
      Superbacker
      on June 18

      Is this a scam? :(

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      Robert Pickering on June 17

      Just stopping by again. I keep the personal message that Joe sent me in my INBOX just to remind me that this project exists and that I've never received anything from it.

      Just to put all of the contact information into one place:

      Ryan Wells: Co-founder/Managing Director
      ryanwells147@gmail.com
      (231) 218-9584

      Joe Thiel: Co-founder/Managing Director
      jathiel41@gmail.com
      (231) 883-7701

      Meagan Thomas Wells: Director of Communications
      (231) 392-3661

      Marty Stevenson: Director of Operations
      (231) 929-2955

      Keep in mind, this project received $547,125 in pledges (which are guaranteed to have been paid), Kickstarter took $27,356.25 and then they CUT THEM A CHECK for $519,768.75

      There is no proof other than the 78 updates that they incurred any expenses out of this money (I'm sure they spent *some* of it the project, but I seriously doubt they used all of it).

      I just emailed Joe and Ryan and then texted both of them asking them to read the email. If it works, I'll come back and post what they said. I'm positive they no longer look at the project and probably toss all updates they receive in the trash.

      -Rob

    43. Gabriel McGinn on June 17

      This and one indie gogo campaign poisoned me from using this platform.

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      Matthew Fry on June 15

      HAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHHA. These people are a joke. I'm glad I didn't promise this to my nearly deaf sister like I had planned to.

      Here's my update since this project was backed: I got married, had a child (with one more on the way), I have had 3 jobs, and I have purchased a home and moved. I've had 4 cell phones, all of which were developed and released after this product was supposed to launch. I've replaced my computer, twice. My broadband speed has octupled. I've had two different smart watches. I have received the results of 14 Kickstarters that were funded AFTER the sound band was.

      Since the project was funded: Android has moved up 4 versions and there have been 4 Google Nexus phone versions. iOS has moved up 5 versions and there have been 5 iPhones. There have been two US presidents. Uber and Lyft have taken over the personal paid transportation industry worldwide.

      I encourage everyone else to provide significant achievements and events that have occurred since this Kickstarter was funded just to provide some context to how ridiculous this project is.

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      Andrew Peachey on June 1

      @Andrew Jacobs...i've been out of the loop on this tech for ages...can you point me towards what is on the market? Cheers :-)

    46. Andrew Jacobs on May 30

      Guys, doesn't matter anymore, this technology is out in the market by many companies.

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      RBothell on May 24

      Option may be able to get some information from Ryan Wells

      Domain Name: SOUNDBAND.COM
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      Registrar Registration Expiration Date: 2021-05-10T13:16:33Z
      Registrant Name: Ryan Wells
      Registrant Organization: Hybra Advance Technology, Inc.
      Registrant Street: 765 Duell Road
      Registrant City: Traverse City
      Registrant State/Province: Michigan
      Registrant Postal Code: 49686
      Registrant Country: US
      Registrant Phone: +0.2312189584
      Registrant Phone Ext:
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      Registrant Email: ryanwells147@gmail.com
      Registry Admin ID: Not Available From Registry
      Admin Name: Ryan Wells
      Admin Organization: Hybra Advance Technology, Inc.
      Admin Street: 765 Duell Road
      Admin City: Traverse City
      Admin State/Province: Michigan
      Admin Postal Code: 49686
      Admin Country: US
      Admin Phone: +0.2312189584

      Admin Email: ryanwells147@gmail.com
      Registry Tech ID: Not Available From Registry
      Tech Name: Ryan Wells
      Tech Organization: Hybra Advance Technology, Inc.
      Tech Street: 765 Duell Road
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      Tech Email: ryanwells147@gmail.com

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