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Update #19

Zeyez Engineering Update

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Technical update:

Zeyez is very excited to announce that it continues to grow its engineering team.  Zeyez now has  top quality engineers working full-time on Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, and Software & Firmware development of the glasses.  We are all working together to finalize the design of the Zeyez circuit board, ensuring that we have all the electrical features we need in the smallest physical size possible.

So far we are happy with how the design is shaping up. We’ve been able to eliminate a lot of bulk in the earpiece areas and hinge areas, which contributes to a sleek, discrete pair of glasses.

ME next steps:

  • Finalizing the hinge.  We must ensure that the electrical cabling running through the hinges does not bind or break as it bends through the earpiece. We’ve designed a hinge that should perform well, we are preparing to test this hinge design to ensure that it can handle 100,000 folding and unfoldings of the earpieces without breaking any wires inside)
  • Review molding strategy for power wiring.  We’ve devised three unique methods for transferring electrical power from our battery in the left earpiece to our circuit board and camera in the right earpiece.  We’ll be reviewing these methods with our potential manufacturers in China to develop a production process for running this power bus through a thin sunglass frame.

EE next steps:

  • Finalize camera module selection.  We’re currently evaluating camera modules, with the goal of final selection within the next 4 weeks.
  • Finalize CPU selection.  We’re currently evaluating 2-3 promising CPUs for the on-board Zeyez circuit board.  Some processors offer more power at the expense of a larger, less sleek circuit board.  Other designs are a little slower, but also smaller and less power hungry.
  • Antenna placement and evaluation.  We need to verify that our antenna gives us the wireless streaming performance that we need, despite being a very small antenna.  We’re evaluating a few different antennas in a few different locations within the right earpiece.  Our goal is to maximize streaming performance over BlueTooth4.0, while minimizing the SAR (specific radiation absorption) exposed to the wearer of Zeyez glasses, we still have a lot of testing to do here.

 

SW FW next steps:

Our SW/FW team is currently working closely with the EE team to implement streaming to our Zeyez system over Bluetooth 4.0, using Android and iOS platforms.  

Currently, the development tools available for Windows Phone don’t appear to allow us to implement our app on their platform.  

We are also building the look and feel of the Zeyez App (designing the controls that will allow you to record, review, and livestream with Zeyez through the App).

Schedule update:

We have an additional 8-12 weeks of designing and testing we need to conduct before our design will be ready to give to our manufacturers for mass production.  At this point, we need to make a very large investment with our manufacturing partner to build and buy the tools and equipment we need for mass production, as well as pay for the electrical parts (batteries, cameras, flash memory) for our first production run.  This is a significant cost (over US 1M), so we need to make sure we have the design 100% right before this important point in the project.

After we’ve kicked off our first mass production run, it will take our manufacturer an additional 12-16 weeks to get their assembly lines built, tuned-in, and up to speed.  During this time, we will be assembling small batches of Zeyez eyewear to test out the assembly lines as they come together.  We are planning on building these pre-production glasses for our Kickstarter fans, ensuring that you get your Zeyez eyewear as soon as possible and well before mass-market availability.  24-30 weeks from now, our manufacturer should be able to ship us the first mass produced batch of Zeyez eyewear ready for sale.  We can’t wait to get there, we’re working as fast as we can to build our team and get these glasses out to the world as soon possible.

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      Creator greezer on April 10

      two years since last update, goddamn bastards!

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      Creator ozymandias on February 25

      Kickstarter doesn't seem to care about this fraud -- they will close any ticket opened without commenting on it.

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      Creator Juan Manuel ABRAS on January 17

      How do I get a refund? Has anyone contacted Kickstarter?

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      Creator Here & there on December 21

      do you think its possible to sue? anyone?

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      Creator Roy J Parangot on September 12, 2013

      How can I get my money back? Any ideas? Anyone including Zion eyes? Maybe we should all start a project called "get our money back" and some dummies like us might contribute! I am just saying!!

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      Creator ozymandias on July 25, 2013

      http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/forkingpath/the-doom-that-came-to-atlantic-city/posts/548030

      Just a link to another failed Kickstarter project. The difference is -- unlike Zion Eyez, the creator is honoring the Kickstarter Terms of Service and giving a full refund.

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      Creator James Ricker on July 25, 2013

      Regardless of the fine print, Kickstarter is as guilty as Zion Eyes. Why on earth would you release 350K to someone who only asked for 55K for development? Talk about irresponsible! The rest should've been held until a working prototype was demonstrated. Long and short; Zion Eyes robbed the bank, Kickstarter drove the getaway car. Where is the justice department???

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      Creator James Ricker on July 25, 2013

      What they did is called EMBEZZLEMENT. How did no one go to jail???

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      Creator Roy Maximus on July 5, 2013

      WHAT THE FUCK IS UP WITH THIS

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      Creator ozymandias on July 1, 2013

      Where the hell are our glasses or updates?

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      Creator Matthew Paris on June 20, 2013

      where the fudge are my glasses?

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      Creator Jeff Burson on June 7, 2013

      Never received my glasses

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      Creator ozymandias on May 29, 2013

      @Waffles, I believe they did that about a year ago....

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      Creator vinookanth on May 27, 2013

      Do we need to trust Kickstarter???????????

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      Creator vinookanth on May 27, 2013

      In India is possible, take the money and run away. In US, these guys made it possible. Please make these @#$%^& return the money we paid

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      Creator Michael "Waffles" Nguyen on May 9, 2013

      I wonder at what point they'll just post an "eff you" post

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      Creator Dan Pritchett on May 8, 2013

      Since its only a 720p camera, they could just pay for the actual companies that are producing them to rebrand some ZIONeyes. The entire point of this, at the time, was there was nothing similar available. Now, even if they are doing their best, its obvious, it just isn't good enough.

      It will be interesting to see how the Kickstarter people handle this situation, if they do anything at all. If they do nothing, KS may well become a hub for fraudsters, as there will be no downside for ripping people off.

      For those asking for names. The registrant for their domain is:

      Lindquist, Evan evan_lindquist@yahoo.com
      ZionEyez
      2711 Lakeridge Lane
      Bellingham, Washington 98226
      United States
      (360) 383-7735

      Also found a link to ZionEyez on Ripoff report.com

      http://www.ripoffreport.com/r/zioneyezcom/seattle-washington-98226/zioneyezcom-brent-burroff-and-evan-lindquist-zioneyez-used-kickstarter-to-generate-funds-898286

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      Creator Loren Cahlander on May 6, 2013

      No updates in the last year. No responsibility to those who invested! Identify these folks and tar and feather them!

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      Creator Kristina on March 1, 2013

      Not mentioning that those money are taken from 2106 people?

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      Creator Kristina on March 1, 2013

      So let me get this straight, you can take $343,415 and live a long & happy life without any consequences? How is this possible?

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      Creator Rebecca Ruck on February 28, 2013

      What is sad is that a great idea was dumped. I believe the people involved with making the poor re-branding and manufacturing decisions be identified by name so all of us investors can avoid them and any of their future projects.....nothing personal, it's just business.

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      Creator Anthony Racaniello on February 14, 2013

      This is fucking bullshit, i want my fucking money back.

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      Creator craig on February 6, 2013

      bump

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      Creator Mido CyberDragon Taha on February 3, 2013

      Kickstarter should do something about these guys, no updates, took the funds and dissappeared !!!!

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      Creator Hussain on December 21, 2012

      I invested for the first time and got nothing. You don't know Kid but God is watching you.
      I need my money back or the product.

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      Creator James St. John on December 11, 2012

      so where are the glasses, or the updates, or the refunds

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      Creator JAMES ZHOU on December 1, 2012

      never trust kickstarter again

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      Creator Esteban Rulfi on November 29, 2012

      I want my product or my money

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      Creator Loren Cahlander on November 20, 2012

      I may as well write the money I put up as lost. These a$$holes will never ship. They have such poor public relations that they cannot even be bothered to lie to us on a frequent enough basis.

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      Creator John Foster on November 15, 2012

      Why bother waiting any longer for Zion Eyez? You can buy, off the shelf, a fully featured 1080p video glasses in a variety of frame styles and lens treatments. I bought a pair with my own optical prescription lenses. Visit Pivothead.com, or for even more choices visit http://www.amazon.com/Pivothead-Recording-Polarized-Hands-Free-Sunglasses/dp/B009F77CFA

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      Creator ozymandias on October 18, 2012

      24-30 weeks after this update would be Sept 25-November 6. Surely there is *SOME* update as to where our refunds are by now!

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      Creator ozymandias on October 17, 2012

      Just a reminder to anyone that would like to get a refund, or even see Zion Eyez provide an update -- you may wish to request the Attorney General of Washington get involved. If nothing else, it might spur Zion Eyez to provide an update. Not that I expect them to actually provide information in an update, but it's worth a shot. You can file an online complaint here: https://fortress.wa.gov/atg/formhandler/ago/ComplaintForm.aspx

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      Creator ozymandias on October 17, 2012

      Where is the update telling us how to get our refunds from this failed project?

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      Creator diego querzoli on October 11, 2012

      I want my refund... tere are already technology out there that is simmilar to what we've bought.....

      the project was interesting because it was a new concept..... too late... how do i go about doing for a refund?

      dont want to start a class action

      best

      dq

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      Creator Chris Tyson on October 10, 2012

      What a joke, it not even a if they are cheap... People have invested real money with you....

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      Creator Scott Walsh on October 10, 2012

      No update in five month? C'mon, if it's not happening, at least be up front about it..

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      Creator Dan Raeder (deleted) on October 8, 2012

      Why are people even bothering with this failure anymore? It's a lost cause. The founders are fraudsters. There is no product. There never will be. They rused a bunch of people out of nearly a half a million dollars. That's it. Nothing else to see here.

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      Creator idolwind on October 4, 2012

      I Really want to say , it takes really long time, and please dont make us dispoint !

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      Creator yonghwan kim on October 4, 2012

      so when can we receive the product?

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      Creator Bill Newsome on September 22, 2012

      I, too, am ready to ask for a refund. It's ridiculous that there's been no communication in over 5 months. This is no way to run a business.

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      Creator theo mavridis on September 19, 2012

      Don't forget the people that backed this project , me being one of them no update for a long time you need to let us know at what stage your up to now ,as I said befor we are the backers if it wasn't for us you wouldn't be where you are now so show us a little more respect thanks.

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      Creator Bryan Crow on September 14, 2012

      A year late and still nothing. I'm now convinced this was a scam. I want a refund.

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      Creator Shaun Nelson on September 14, 2012

      It's been over 5 month with 0 (zero) update from you guys. Would you please provide an update?

      The pressing question seems to be - "Will you ship at all?"

      Competition aside from Google glass, ZionEyez is still very unique to the market, and it should still sell well even though you're later to the market than planned.

      If I learned one thing from managing technical projects myself, it's to always keep your stakeholders informed, or risk backlash.

      You are fully accountable to fullfil your obligation by shipping something, even if it's in beta, or missing certain funtionality. If you can ship something, then do a firmware/software update at a later time, please do! Apple/Microsoft/etc do this all the time, and I don't see why you couldn't follow the same go-to-market strategy. This would also provide some additional funding from non-kickstarter sales to finish whatever you're apparently stuck on.

      At some point, one of your backers will decide they've had enough and pursue recourse through legal means based on the kickstarter policy covering accountability here.
      http://www.kickstarter.com/help/faq/kickstarter%20basics#AreCreaLegaObliToFulfThePromOfTheiProj

      We'd all like an update to where you're at. I'd like to believe that the ZionEyez are noval to most of us, and something to play with, but our money is not. The longer you wait, the more fuel you're adding when/if backlash from an angry stakeholder heads your way....

      Give us something, even if it's a littel tid bit. Silence isn't helping at all.....

      Sincerely,
      Shaun

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      Creator Mark Sumner on September 14, 2012

      From the original page:

      When will I receive my Eyez™?

      Your Eyez glasses will ship during the Winter 2011 season. The ZionEyez distribution team will keep you notified of all updates on your shipment.

      I'm guessing that notification will be made from their poolside room in the Bahamas

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      Creator Ed Williams on September 14, 2012

      Zeyez -- maybe time for another update? We're coming up on the scheduled time for mass production...

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      Creator Esteban Rulfi on September 13, 2012

      Anything new? what happens?
      I want my product or my money. what should I do?

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      Creator Kevin Perrott on September 9, 2012

      might as well has wiped my butt with the money... they spent it on lawyers and dinners with potential investors no doubt.. what a great object lesson for future kickstarter backers ..

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      Creator Brian Jones on September 8, 2012

      Not sure what to think. I too have seen the other 'glasses' for sale and wonder if this is still even a real product or did I buy vaporware... If nothing else zeyez or eyez has taught me not to waste my money on entrepreneurs who are lawyers. Very disheartened.

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      Creator Ahmed Mady on September 7, 2012

      @Timothy, yeah really sucks we all got screwed out of this project. Which vendors have you come across? I think I may have to look into a company who plans to actually deliver something to me.

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