(An opinion, not a rant.)
I was able to visit WayTools recently and, as part of that visit, was asked to try out a current build TextBlade. Surprisingly, it felt better than my TREG unit and my TREG unit feels pretty good. After the test, Mark filled me in on what the differences were and why they mattered.
When I ordered a TextBlade, I thought it was a clever portable keyboard that I would be able to use for all my devices that don't have real keyboards. I expected it to be something of a compromise, but better than keyboard-on-glass. There are plenty of little keyboards in the world, this one would fit in my pocket along with my phone.
Later, when we heard about "jumps", I happily considered using as a partial KVM switch between laptop, phone, and tablet. I still thought it was going to be a bit of a compromise.
It was often difficult to understand why it was taking so long to manufacture and deliver. That frustration was rooted in mismatched expectations and lack of communication.
After using the TextBlade and talking to its designers, I realize that WayTools is not building the product I thought I was ordering. They are very intentionally building a keyboard that customers like me will prefer to all other keyboards. They operate as if everyone understands their goal, many of us don't understand their motivation or want them to change so we can fill our gadget gap.
Mark and his team care about every detail. If one understands that, then it follows that the product will ship when it's ready and not before. You don't have to like that situation, you might not care about that level of quality when all you wanted was an occasional physical keyboard for your phone.
I had seen this video of Mark with Jay Leno showing the NexEngine scanner before TREG. He's still the same guy and when he talks about TextBlade, you get the same level of detail. But there are many more details involved in a keyboard, and Mark can talk at length about every single one of them. The team has developed a deep understanding of keyboards. That may clash with your understanding that keyboards are simple but necessary nuisances.
There are customers that would have been ok with the possibility of a broken key cap, or sub-par feel, or charging the keyboard every day, or re-pairing every time you wanted to switch to a different device, or failed FW upgrades (or no firmware upgrades, seriously, a keyboard that needs firmware upgrades??), or only having one US QWERTY layout (hey, put a dip switch on it). I would have been one of those satisfied customers. I was only going to use it until the next thing came along in a few months.
My opinion now is that this will be the only keyboard I want. I might not have understood that without the TREG unit and talking to the design team. I look forward to receiving the final product, whenever it ships.