Oh man, that long-winded article was such a pain to read. A native English speaker who didn't do badly in school, and I needed a dictionary to decode that darn flowery language. Damn it, I usually skip such articles after paragraph one. But I pushed on because I wanted to see if there was any validity in comparing WayTools to ZPM.
No. Not at all.
ZPM founders were naïve, and easily led astray by self-proclaimed experts. Tambasco threw years of her life away because she cared about every wretched complaint that came her way. Dark circles around her eyes, I'm sad that the so-called backers burned her this way. Polyakov had it hard, and tried to do the right thing, but got screwed by actual con artists.
WayTools, as far as I can tell, is doing everything right. Ignoring trolls, not negotiating with drama queens, and not draining their energy in forums.
The TextBlades will ship, but they take time to get right. I feel for those (like me) who flock to the WayTools forums, AppleInsider, Daring Fireball - we all seek hope. Hope that the future will be better. Hope that we can buy the world's best and most revolutionary keyboard, something that works better than everything else out there. Something that tips off the post-PC world. We've been empowered by iPhones and Apple Trackpads (the only that actually work), and we know the world is ripe for a keyboard revolution.
The Apple Trackpad is a good comparison. Every single notebook ships with a trackpad. Why is it that Apple's is the only one that actually works properly? The only one that is a joy to use. The only one that can sell as a separate 100+ device - and boy does it sell. It's no hobby. Software! Call it Firmware if you wish, but software it is.
The Apple Trackpad, which has held a lead ever since its introduction with the PowerBook 520, is something that works so well, you feel it. If you've never used one, that's probably why you have a mouse with your laptop. Or, they put in a pointing stick to hedge their bets. But if you've ever used an Apple trackpad, you know what I mean. You've probably been the curious one who tests how it excludes accidental input, and yet never actually gets in the way. You've probably wondered how it does its magic - how far two fingers have to be apart to be detected as 2 fingers. Whether it works with wet fingers. Or on a cold day. Or... maybe you don't care, completely oblivious like my stepmom. And she can be - because it just works.
The TextBlade, I believe, is far, far, far more complex. It is absolutely critical that it is done right. Only then can it bring in a revolution in keyboards - a badly needed revolution.
Did you ever stop to think why keyboard keys are staggered? Or why the best ergonomic keyboards remove that stagger? Or why some people swear by Dvorak or Colemak? This is precisely why a revolution is needed. We need to break with the old, less effective ways of doing things, but we also need the QWERTY familiarity (at least, most of us do).
There will never be another keyboard that can match (a properly, completed, refined) TextBlade. Every single laptop manufacturer other than Apple, has been unable to ship a laptop with a trackpad that even comes close, 23 years later! (PowerBook 520 was introduced in 1994).
So I believe that when the TextBlade is shipped, it will be absolutely worth the wait. And we'll be months ahead of other people just discovering it and getting their orders.