Original Pebble revived

I backed the original Pebble on Kickstarter, and used the original Pebble device for quite some time. It was great and very useful indeed, but I replaced it with the Pebble Time when that came out.

I had experimented with using the original with an old iPhone, and effectively converting the Pebble to be used as a keychain accessory. This is fairly easy to do with a 3D printed part.

However, on reflection, there was really no point to this, so I gave up this idea. It’s a shame, but if it serves no purpose, then there’s no real point in doing it.

So, whilst it still works just fine, it’s probably time to say goodbye to Pebble 1. Maybe someone else will have a good use for it.

I am annoyed that Blocks Smartwatch will never see the light of day

I know that you can’t guarantee that a Kickstarter project will come about. But when a project raises $1.5m+ and ends up with less than £20k in the bank you have to ask about why and how that happened. This is the case with the Blocks Smartwatch. It did really well on kickstarter and now is in receivership. I’m annoyed about this.

No one is going to get what they ordered. No one is going to get their money back. How do you turn all that cash into a complete failure? I just don’t know.

It makes me, and I’m guessing the other 500 odd backers, a lot more cautious about putting down money for Kickstarter campaigns that may never see the light of day. I’ve still got a couple that are now years behind schedule and fairly doubtful about. These days I find myself resisting most interesting ideas on Kickstarter simply because of being burnt once already.

I would have liked to have seen this device come to life. I think the idea of modular things, but perhaps it was just never to be.

Still waiting for the KDJ-One

So it feels like this has been ‘on the way’ for a very long time. There’s still no news in terms of a specific delivery timeline and it is a year overdue already. I’m still just hoping that it will eventually turn up. I guess I should be pleased that at least they’re staying in touch. When projects go silent it’s usually then that you know your money has gone down the toilet.

I’d like to think that I’m going to get my KDJ-One this year. Maybe.

So my KDJ-ONE won’t come until June

I’ve backed quite a few things on Kickstarter over the last few years, and on occasion things are late. I think that’s inevitable really. But the KDJ-ONE is really late, really really late. They’re now saying that it’ll come in June this year. It’s been a long wait. I hope it’ll be worth the wait in the end.

And then Phoenard arrived

Phoenard Prototyping Device
Phoenard Prototyping Device

I’d sort of forgotten about funding this on Kickstarter until it arrived. I’m not entirely sure what I’m going to do with it. I did have a couple of ideas, and I’m sure I wrote them down somewhere, so I’ll have to look them out and see what I can do with it.

I’m sure it’ll find a place and I’m sure I’ll have some fun with it too.