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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 Timothy Elliott on September 6, 2012

      This week, NPR and CNN both are covering Kickstarter projects that don't deliver and the prospect of refunds. The four-month silence from ZionEyez doesn't bode well, nor does the fact that several other vendors have already gone to market with similar video glasses.

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      Creator michael on August 22, 2012

      yes what the hell is up

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      Creator Christopher Neitzert on August 21, 2012

      well here we are a year out, and no product, its been 4+ months since the last update. So folks WHEN ARE YOU GOING TO DELIVER?

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      Creator Sean Shapiro on August 16, 2012

      So any news or was this simply a scam?

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      Creator Steven Imbimbo on August 9, 2012

      Wow!!! It seems they are re-inventing the wheel. I either want a refund or a product now!!

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      Creator sorabji on August 6, 2012

      LyinEyez
      A Kickstarter scam.
      I would never use KS to raise funds.
      It's not like we are waiting on a magnificent bottle of wine that takes decades to age.
      We are waiting for what is now a cheap pair of throwaway glasses, worth about $6.99 (with overnight shipping) on the Ebay market.
      I know what part of town to go to next time I must flush $150 down the toilet, down the Kickstarter/LyinEyez toilet.

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      Creator Max Burns on August 5, 2012

      Yea I agree with both of you by the time they finish these glasses. Google goggles with already be available and they are more versatile with there abilities.

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      Creator kelly anderson on August 2, 2012

      i agree John... No updates and no product yet. WTH??? I have done some research and there are products already available like this. I'd love to get my money back or the actual product.

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      Creator John on August 2, 2012

      So, has everyone just come to the conclusion that this was money well lost?

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      Creator Borow on August 2, 2012

      August and still no update for nearly 4 month !

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      Creator champion (deleted) on July 25, 2012

      Hi , Loren Finkelstein Wrote : Project is talking longer than expected, but that's the chance we take when investing in something that doesn't exist yet. If you can't handle risk, then don't use Kickstarter. only buy stuff in stores. I am disappointed by how long it's taking and the lack of updates, but I'll get over it. i just hope we get the product before Google Glasses make it obsolete. It's almost done you can check this
      webstore and in french ! http://www.cameraespion.com/index.php… for 68,90 euros
      Can you explain why this already existing Project is taking so longer to realise !!!!!

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      Creator Taigi Maeda on July 23, 2012

      Definitely taking longer then expected. Based on their timetable listed above we are looking at Oct 2012 (maybe). At this point we will wee what hapPENS. IT WOULD BE NICE TO GET AN UPDATE.... hint hint

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      Creator Loren Finkelstein on July 23, 2012

      Project is talking longer than expected, but that's the chance we take when investing in something that doesn't exist yet. If you can't handle risk, then don't use Kickstarter. only buy stuff in stores. I am disappointed by how long it's taking and the lack of updates, but I'll get over it. i just hope we get the product before Google Glasses make it obsolete.

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      Creator Shaun Nelson on July 19, 2012

      Really trying to give you guys benefit of the doubt. I think we all deserve an update, don't you think?

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      Creator Shaun Nelson on July 19, 2012

      What's the latest? It's been a few months...

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      Creator aliDER on July 18, 2012

      This is clearly a scam...Kickstarter's reply to me was that they are not obligated to refund your money. What needs to happen is a class action lawsuit to get some of that money back.

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      Creator Richard Atlas (deleted) on July 12, 2012

      registered 4:17 PM 7/12/12

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      Creator Richard Atlas (deleted) on July 12, 2012

      registered July 08, 2011

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      Creator Alejandro on July 6, 2012

      Registered. 12:46

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      Creator greezer on July 3, 2012

      www.zionkick-forum.com is up and running!

      If you want to register, you'll have to use the same nickname as here, so for example, I would use "greezer", and after that, please post here the exact time of registration (of the eMail you should get) and William Walker or I will unlock you.
      go to www. zionkick-forum.com and register!

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      Creator greezer on July 1, 2012

      allright, I set up a forum on my personal webspace and with a domain I've not been using a long time.
      If you want to register, you'll have to use the same nickname as here, so for example, I would use "greezer", and after that, please post here the exact time of registration (of the eMail you should get) and William Walker or I will unlock you.
      go to www.n8meer.com (sorry for that domain, I've got nothing better atm) and register!

      Let's discuss everything about further steps in there! see you there!

      Rise and rise again, until lambs become lions!

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      Creator theo mavridis on June 26, 2012

      get on with it boys stop the bla bla bla we just want our glasses

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      Creator Mark Sumner on June 24, 2012

      I've tried to be patient on this, but I'm done. Other video recording glasses announced long after this project have already come to market. From the nonexistent presence here to the utterly pointless, flash dependent web site, this company has been a crushing disappointment.

      Check, please.

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      Creator Christopher Neitzert on June 24, 2012

      here we are 6 months past the deadline and a few pithy words from the zioneyes people.

      more updates, more definitive delivery time = less bad karma from you and the ability to do business on the internet again.

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      Creator David Elliott on June 21, 2012

      The issue isn't about the money. If it was $10, I'd still be very annoyed by the lack of communication. However, Ed is right about a class action - the lawyers would get paid and we'd basically get nothing. And that assumes that a lawyer would even try to touch this case. The first thing they would notice is that the above update says that we can't really expect our products before September, and even then most judges will let a company make an attempt. While ZionEyez hasn't been up front with us, I can't see anything that they've done so far that is legally or civilly liable.
      Annoyingly, by the time we know if they are defrauding us or not, it will probably be too late to do anything. We'll see how Neil Singh gets on with his hanfree lawsuit.

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      Creator Dan Overlander on June 21, 2012

      Dang, there's no +1 button for Ed's comment... Totally on-spot though. They're still workin' on it, it'll come.

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      Creator iamdamion on June 18, 2012

      This is just an epic fail all around. I've written off my money as being lost to a scam I was stupid enough to fall for. I really wish bad things on the zion eyez team. They knew what they were doing...I doubt they ever had any intent to make these glasses to begin with. They're just going to drag this out forever....or until the money's spent/laundered....or the statute of limitations hits?

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      Creator Ed Williams on June 8, 2012

      Do all of you need the $150 SO BAD that you're contemplating legal action to get the money back? And with the class action lawsuit... you know you'd only get like $10 back. Is that worth it?

      Why not just forget about it for a while... then in fall you'll get a happy surprise in the mail.

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      Creator Libero on June 7, 2012

      Sono alla ricerca di nomi e indirizzi di questi truffatori se qualcuno, come me, si sente truffato e può aiutarmi ne sarei molto felice.
      Libero di fargliela pagare.

      I am to search of names and addresses of these swindle men if someone, like me, swindled and been able to help me of would be very happy.
      Free to make it to pay it

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      Creator greezer on June 5, 2012

      I promised myself, that I'll never ever again back a Project with 100$+ unless it's Pebble, so I won't back 200$ for that, even tough it's very nice from Vergence Labs

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      Creator Aaron on June 4, 2012

      Did you see that Vergence Labs is offering a bonus pair of their video glasses to anyone who pledged to ZionEyez at any level! http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/vergencelabs/redefine-reality-with-computing-enabled-eyewear/posts/239979

      Time to double down?

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      Creator Dmitri Zdorov on May 29, 2012

      why "facebook" is part of the name of the project? it is very misleading and in a way a change in the direction. It feels like we having more delays because more work has to be done to get more facebook related features and that was not in the original plan.

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      Creator Max Ziebell on May 28, 2012

      Heres presumably where our money has gone: http://bit.ly/Jx0x6u

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      Creator Lawrence Ku on May 23, 2012

      This comment has been removed by Kickstarter.

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      Creator ozymandias on May 23, 2012

      Don't worry -- ZionEyez is not planning on space travel, or curing cancer -- just curing blindness (see update #15, I'm not joking.)

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      Creator Lawrence Ku on May 23, 2012

      Shaun, a bird in hand in worth two in the bush. I'd rather take a basic working model now over the one that in theory features thought controlled functions, is also a mobile phone, implementing augmented reality tech, can travel to the moon and back, and cure cancer.

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      Creator ozymandias on May 21, 2012

      @Shaun -- where are they posting regular updates? It's sure as hell not on Kickstarter!

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      Creator Shaun Nelson on May 17, 2012

      Zioneyes Team - Thank you for the regular updates!! It looks like you're making progress, and anyone knows new products are difficult to predict when everything will gel with customer expectations, features, manufacturing and testing - and especially with rapid changes in technology and increased feature sets.
      I'd rather have a well tested product than something that's flaky even if your original target dates weren't accurate. Keep up the good work!

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      Creator Martin Machinandiarena on May 16, 2012

      Hi, I've recently moved and need to update my shipping info.
      How would you like me to do that?

      Thankfully awaiting your response.

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      Creator greezer on May 16, 2012

      how deep is their breath? they're 5 months past the promised shipment date!!

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      Creator Howard Keziah on May 15, 2012

      I don't expect everything I back on Kickstarter to be successfully completed. I considered this project a long shot in the beginning, but the beauty of Kickstarter is that big ideas from small teams get a chance. These guys tackled a hard project. If you can't give them some breathing room you should not back any Kickstarter projects.

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      Creator ozymandias on May 14, 2012

      @vinookanth -- because they have no progress to report. The longer they successfully draw this out, the harder it will be for us to collect our money from this scam.

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      Creator vinookanth on May 13, 2012

      the last updated is a month back, why the eyez team is not at all providing any info. We should not back any kickstarter projects going forward

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      Creator Ryan Cavender on May 13, 2012

      I think all the complaints are fake people. Doesn't make it true, but thats what I think. I think the world revolves around my questions and I would like it to stop until they are answered. I am on here because I don't have anything else going on in my life. Please ship me my glasses first since I don't mine the wait. I bet the these guys are sleeping and should be working to make my glasses I need to survive. ;-) #sarcasm rules

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      Creator Ryan Cavender on May 13, 2012

      Marty I agree. Its Kickstarter, please do not back any more projects and wait for it on the shelf. Complainers are more annoying that delays.

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      Creator Max Ziebell on May 11, 2012

      I finally got a response via email. I got very upset by the content and gave them a deadline and also some made some further inquiries … guess what now some days later I get the 100% same email-response again. They got to be kidding me… am I talking to a delayed autoresponder?

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      Creator ozymandias on May 11, 2012

      @Marty -- we are upset they *lied* to us -- and are failing to respond to us -- their backers -- when we ask for clarification.

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