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Eyez™ by ZionEyez are HD video recording glasses designed to share your memories with friends and family on Facebook and Youtube.
2,106 backers pledged $343,415 to help bring this project to life.

Eyez Development Update

Posted by ZionEyez Team (Creator)
Dear Kickstarter Backers-
 
We are extremely pleased with the progress we have made within the past 6 months in developming Eyez prototypes, establishing partnerships, and creating a road map that will supersede your expectations.  
 
Below are links to an early prototype overview featured on Engadget and sample videos uploaded from our very own Eyez!
 
Engadget Article:  http://engt.co/uLTcnr

Sample Videos:  http://bit.ly/tGOErG

We are working diligently to produce Eyez. Thank you for your patience while we endeavor to fulfill our mission.

We will be sending a more comprehensive update within the next couple of weeks outlining Eyez development, production, and distribution.

Once again, thank you for your patience and support!

-The ZionEyez Team

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    1. Mark Bakalor on

      ZionEyez Team: I would appreciate a response here in public to each of the following questions. If you decide to ignore the questions, I will continue to ask them and you will look even more foolish and uncooperative than you have shown yourselves to be to date. 1) When should we be expecting to receive the product you promised we'd already have received? 2) Why should we believe you this time? 3) Why has it taken you so long to communicate with your backers? 4) Will you be providing us with any substantive information about your progress that doesn't read like a regurgitated press release spouting vague marketing babbletalk? 5) Will you be providing dissatisfied backers with full refunds upon request?

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      Mike Jones on

      No Sweaty Pants... the deliverable was quite clear that we would receive a pair of glasses for our $150. Not a chance that we would. I appreciate your perspective, however failure to meet the March deadline will result in legal action.

    3. Steve Van Loon on

      Everything that ZionEyez has been done in good faith from my perspective. The deadline is fast approaching and a lot of people will be very disappointed if it's missed. However, when I gave my money, I knew that there was a chance I wouldn't get my money or a product. If I really wanted the product, I could go onto Sky Mall magazine and buy it. My goal was to help make an idea that someone had and turn it into a reality and along the way hopefully get a product.

      Shame on you William Walker for bringing in negative emotion and bad faith to the table.

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      Matt Hopkins on

      Is there truly a legal process here (potential fraud)? Perhaps we have all been duped and perhaps we have lost any money spent to date - I hope not. But, how does Kickstarter prevent this from happening again?

      Also - I wonder why Engadget do not get involved as it was on that site that I was introduced to the product and it was the "update" on that site that has kept many of us hanging on.

      If there is a legal process (organised group), let me know.

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      David Elliott on

      "We have met the enemy and he is us" - WK

    6. William Walker on

      I don't know who Joel Pitt is but I don't think he has an understanding of the situation from a legal perspective. They made an actual offer of a product in exchange for $150. The fact that they may then refer to us as "backers" holds no water. Kickstarter itself has a responsibility to vet with due dilligence those making such offers on their website. That's what's supposed to keep grifters from milking the public. This may very well descend into class action hell with a big black eye for Kickstarter. They stepped into territory where they should not have gone. This was not an artistic endeavor, it's a money making project made by people taking money as pre-orders.

      So Joel, get it fixed buddy. There's two different games being played and don't come trying to confuse one with the other. It ain't gonna work. This Zioneyez thing is a stoner's grift. My bet is they've already spent the money getting out of Frisco paying back rent, buying new cars, fancy Xmas and schmoozing their way into the Seattle entrepreneural crowd. Do a background check....start with "Firefly", their failed vaporizer (marijuana smoking apparatus) after two years spent in "testing". Then look at Joe Taylor's face in that video. I've burned enough weed to know the face of a stoner when I see one. So who cares if he's a stoner? I do if he's buying his weed with my money.

    7. Loren Cahlander on

      I am total agreement with Garcia85. People who know me would tell you that I am a patient person. I am patient as long as I am kept up to date. If you promise to post an update within two weeks and then say nothing at two weeks and remain silent well past that date, then I become irritated.

      If they can supply a detailed update including an anticipated timeframe of release, then I will be satisfied. This should include a schedule for regular updates.

      When a company has difficulty adhering to a promised schedule, the worst thing that they can do is to remain silent. This leaves us to imagine the worst.

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      David Elliott on

      Joel, I think you are misunderstanding the issue. Reread the update above. On December 29, we were promised a "comprehensive update within the next couple of weeks", and that update has not materialized. Now, maybe you work for some company that allows you to promise things and not deliver, but if I told my boss that I would give him an update within a couple of weeks and then just ignored him after the deadline, I'd be in big trouble (assuming I could keep my job).

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      Garcia85 on

      In all honesty, when we pledge well over $300,000 of our hard earned cash, we at least deserve constant updates. I could care less if this product takes up to a year to be released, as long as we are being kept in the loop of things.

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      Joel Pitt on

      Man, some people in this thread are so entitled.

      This is kickstarter. It's not some shop you buy stuff from. It's where you donate money to a project you believe in, and they promise to give you stuff if they succeed. Maybe you guys should go off to Amazon or the mall where you'll feel a lot more reassured in the tangibility of where your money goes.

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      Kevin D on

      I'm not seeing it so clearly on their site. I'm seeing "Your Eyez glasses will ship during this Summer, 2012." If their commitment to the Summer season is as firm as their previous commitment to Winter 2011....

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      Chris Anderson on

      I think there homepage sums it up pretty clearly...
      "The Eyez Product is expected to ship no sooner than December 22, 2011. The Eyez product is expected to ship no later than 07/01/2012. Once the Eyez Product has been shipped, it will arrive at your location between 7-10 business days."

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      Mike Jones on

      I must agree that I am rather disappointed. Additionally, my expectations of a bug free product is now exceedingly high.

    14. Mark Bakalor on

      19 days ago you promised your Kickstarter backers that you would provide detailed updates to us within 2 weeks. That deadline was 5 days ago. This is yet another deadline you have blatantly missed. Your communication with the people that have gotten you to where you are is miserable. You can fix this. You can change the opinions we've been forming about you. All it takes is you to man up and begin right now. Just tell us what's going on. Stop the secrecy. Stop the censorship. Just talk. Even if it's you telling us there's been a delay. Even if you don't think we'll like the news... at least give us the news. Here's where you change things, ZionEyez. Here's where we begin anew. Join me?

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      David Elliott on

      So forget that they promised a detailed update and didn't deliver?

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      divergio on

      I was anxious and hoping they would be out before Christmas, now that that milestone has passed let's all just relax and let them finish it when they finish it. This is a kickstarter project, after all.

    17. Mark Bakalor on

      Hello ZionEyez Team!

      I am so excited!

      Today is the day!

      You said I'd be hearing from you by today with "a more comprehensive update... outlining Eyez development, production, and distribution." You said you'd be providing me with this information "within two weeks" and today is that day - two weeks later!

      WOO HOO!

      This I've been waiting so long to hear and now the day is upon us for you to shout it from the rooftop.

      Can. Hardly. Contain. Myself.

      So, you see, I am giddy with excitement. I load and reload this page over and over again just waiting for that update. I mean, it's not like you've missed deadlines before. It's not like you've been negligent in providing your backers with information. No siree! I trust you'll make good on your promise like you've been doing since day one.

      Bring it on ZionEyez! Let me have it!

      Love,

      Mark

    18. ozymandias (ZionEyez,CGC Scam victim)
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      on

      Well, today is the big day -- we get to find out if Eyez intends to fix the communication problems they are having. We were promised a "comprehensive update" that is "outlining Eyez development, production, and distribution" by today. I am excited to finally get an updated ship date, since they missed the last one they announced, and the details that they have been neglecting to release about whats been going on.

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      David Elliott on

      Andrew, my impression from all of the discussions and little bits from the updates is that they are still in the development phase. I doubt that they will be in manufacturing before the end of February, but I hope that the upcoming update proves me wrong.

    20. Steevee on

      On both the ZionEyez sample video, and the sample video in the Engadget review, the camera spends much of its time staring at the ground. If this is simply a matter of rotating the Eyez camera up a few degrees, I really hope Zion do this before the final design goes into production.

      Could Zion show us some more sample footage? The bike ride is jerky and mainly shows the road surface. There must be a better way to show off what this thing can do!

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      Andrew AuYeung on

      Also keep in mind, Chinese factories will be closed for Chinese New Years from 2 weeks starting from Jan 23, 2012. So there are 2 scenarios, productions starts now (or has started) and ends before the new years, or production begins early Feb at the earliest.

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      Mr.Blair J.Rowe on

      On second thought - you don't think they took all the money & headed to Vegas....................no they wouldn't do that ....haha

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      Mr.Blair J.Rowe on

      The Eyez team must be too busy working on the glasses to punch a keyboard !

    24. ozymandias (ZionEyez,CGC Scam victim)
      Superbacker
      on

      Can we at least agree that "couple" means "two", and week means "seven days" -- thus we are due for an update with actual answers in the next 8 days?

    25. Dave Gilbert on

      I hope it doesn't come to that, I'm still hopeful that these guys will come through for us. Like you said, the next 3 months will be interesting.

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      David Elliott on

      If you've read the comments from the past 6 months, you'll see that there really is no clear consensus on what "Winter Season 2011" really means. People have argued both ways. In the end, it really doesn't matter what it means. The real problem here is that ZionEyes is not playing the Kickstarter game. All we've done is to pre-buy these items (I use the term "pre-buy" because, unlike a pre-order, we've already paid for our items, and don't really have much recourse if they don't come in). The next 3 months are going to be interesting. I wonder if anyone will actually try to get a refund rather than just threatening to get one.

    27. Dave Gilbert on

      David:

      I agree that it was a very poor choice of words and obviously fooled many people into thinking they would receive their product before the new year. However I'm not going to ignore the fact that they did actually refer to a specific event, a season, which we are still within.

    28. ozymandias (ZionEyez,CGC Scam victim)
      Superbacker
      on

      Dave, I'm not sure about where you live, but where I leave, I have *never* heard January or February referred to as "winter of the previous year". If any thing, those would be 'early 2012', or 'first quarter 2012'. The same principal holds for school years, and fiscal years -- these are time periods that straddle the calendar year, and they are almost always referred to as the 2011/2012 fiscal year, school year, or winter.

      This is a moot point -- because all that needs to happen is Eyez needs to post a formal update addressing this issue and fixing their lack of communication.

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      David Elliott on

      I disagree, Dave. The reason they worded it the way they did is the same reason that stores price an item at $4.95 rather than $5. I don't think they ever planned on shipping before March 2012, but by saying "Winter Season 2011", it fooled people into thinking that they might get it before Christmas 2011.

    30. Dave Gilbert on

      Ozy:

      They included the 2011 because the season itself began in 2011, the season is also known as such throughout. Think about it, who refers to the remaining few months as the following year's winter? nobody. It's January now and clearly we are still in winter, should we be referring to it as Winter 2012? Of course not, it's still the winter of 2011 that has yet to end. Clearly there could have been a better way to word it as to avoid confusion but I think their intentions are quite clear.

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      Garcia85 on

      Hey Texduc, any luck on getting your money back? I'm tempted to call my bank as well and see how that goes.

    32. ozymandias (ZionEyez,CGC Scam victim)
      Superbacker
      on

      David, following that logic, then why did they include 2011 at all? Why not state early 2012, or Spring Season 2012, or Quarter 1 2012? The 2011 is pretty concrete.

      Ilia -- that's not an official update.

    33. Dave Gilbert on

      Ozy:

      When they say "Winter Season 2011", they are referring specifically to the winter season itself, not the year. Obviously 2011 ends in December, however the "Winter Season" that began in 2011 endures beyond. This issue has been discussed at length within the comments section. If they truly meant the product would be ready at that point they would have referred to the new year or end of 2011 without any reference to a "season" at all.

    34. texduc on

      I'm calling my credit card company to ask for a refund; I don't need this crap.

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      Ilia Kotlyar on

      @Ozy:
      I had read it from http://www.zioneyezstore.com/pages/terms-conditions. But now they updated it to 01 July 2012. I think thats because they have got enough orders to complete until Spring.

    36. ozymandias (ZionEyez,CGC Scam victim)
      Superbacker
      on

      Matthew:
      1) 2011 ends after December. Thus Winter Season /2011/ ends after December. If they meant early 2012, they need to state 2012.
      2) Due to the lack of updates, they owe us far more than 'updates to come' and a rehash of already known facts.
      3) I agree, February 2012 is a fairly reasonable ship date, using guesswork from the few details available, but they need to update the shipping timeline to reflect that.

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      AJ CHOI on

      I just want to know shipping date. What is your exact plan? Everything is uncertain. So disappointed.

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      Matthew Smollon on

      Ozy ::
      1. Winter /Season/ ends in March with Spring.
      2. This update explains that a more fleshed-out update will occur within the next few weeks. There are really no weeks left in December.
      3. Were I to venture a guess, I'd call it somewhere in February 2012.

      I really don't care so long as I have a viable product that I can use.

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      Marlon Perez on

      i am just wondering why people are so impatient.... if you want them now, go make your own... oh you can't? take a chill pill then.

    40. ozymandias (ZionEyez,CGC Scam victim)
      Superbacker
      on

      Ilia, where are you getting March 2012 from? Update #13 clearly stated "Winter Season, 2011", which, if you look at a calendar, ends at the end of December 2011. March 2012 is several months after the official deadline, which was not changed in update #14.

    41. RD on

      Decent video, I'm going to have to learn to better steady my head when wearing them for a less shaky recording. ;)

      NOTE TO DEVS: I'm thinking the record button needs to be on the inside (less obvious) perhaps toward the front where there will be less risk of accidentally turning it on or the inside back where the rims flare out.

      As for the "professional management" comment... since this is "kickstarter" not a small startup company with million dollar capital investors, I think I'd personally rather have my money invested in the product (even if it takes a while to get it right), "measure twice, cut once" then an overpriced VP saying, do this do that, when they likely have little to know clue about the project to begin with and are there just to project manage. no?

      Clearly everything needs managing to work at it's peak, but it does not mean all our money needs to go to one "shot caller"; else,Z.E. would have to raise more money (after paying th/i/ese manager(s)) just to produce one for each "kickstarter backer".

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      Andreas Løwe on

      This is worrying, the update is way over due and contains no new information (other then that kickstarter was forgotten but not engagdet).

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      Ilia Kotlyar on

      Its clearly stated,that they will send a more comprehensive update within the next couple of weeks outlining Eyez development, production, and distribution. So in my opinion,they are really far with the production,but for unknowable reasons arent presenting them now. Maybe,because they need to make some presentation,cause most of the people would be angry,if they would present a prototype which isnt working good. I think they could manage the production until the official deadline which is at march 2012.

    44. Stephen Eddy on

      For me this is really worrying. It is clear from the message that they are nowhere near shipping, yet the last update suggested we would still get them to the original schedule. Either there is no professional management involved here or this is a con to raise money for a product that doesn't exist and we will get these kinds of updates every few months until we finally wise up.

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      Ralph Kohler on

      I'm planning to put a prescription on these when I get them, but watching the video it made me thing that it might not be possible. Will I be able to get a prescription with these when they finally come?

    46. ozymandias (ZionEyez,CGC Scam victim)
      Superbacker
      on

      Zach, exactly. No news, and no progress is disturbing. I wish they had addressed the obvious change in shipping dates -- they clearly are not going to meet the original schedule, but this update is far better than the nothing we have been getting.

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      Leslie Elkind on

      Those videos have been available for quite a while. I'm hoping there is some real news before too much longer.

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      Zack Miller on

      Such a relief! Thanks for posting this. Delays never worried me, but the lack of official response to all the anxiety did.