WayTools is working very hard on TextBlade, and very few people will ever (need to) know the level of engineering that goes into TextBlade.
I may be misquoting the great designers, but many products betray their quality. You can try to hide poor quality behind a shiny exterior, but people will know.
Of 2 kickstarter projects, I could find fault the moment I got them.
One battery bank looked nothing like its slick 3D render and was almost twice as bulky. Even excusing this obvious betrayal, the charge management was terrible so it would drain on passthrough charging even though my PD power supply more than 3x beyond adequate for the draw. Afraid I won’t be taking that one on a trip, because we have to be able to trust our equipment.
Another was a PD charger (strangely by the same company as the above battery), and it emitted a high pitch squeal when plugged it in. With no load whatsoever it had a repeating ticking noise. Their expertise is in cables. They needed more time to gain knowledge in batteries, charge management, and chargers!
For comparison, SlimQ, a project on Indiegogo, is by far my favorite charger. Proof that you can beat Apple if you try. Liking mine so much I ordered one for mom. They announced a 100W version and I jumped on it right away (3 on order!). In spite of what anyone else says, SlimQ makes the smallest 65W charger on the planet. I reported other projects making such claims on KickStarter but their response betrays their lack of ethics.
You can usually tell right away if something in hand is great. You can tell its quality. People may put a slick shell on a bad charger, but you can hear it (and if it burns out, you can smell it). Even if they hide that, some engineer somewhere will pick it apart and show how dangerous it is, how there isn’t enough separation between the high and low voltage sides, or that its output looks like a corn field in an oscilloscope.
I will say the TextBlade is by far the best keyboard I have ever used. I’ve touch typed for over 30 years now, and have tried many keyboards. Every time a colleague buys a fancy keyboard I ask if I can try it.
No keyboard has ever left me as wowed as TextBlade.
I don’t buy many things (I do need batteries, and I do need chargers), but what I do buy I never go cheap on.
I’m not easily fooled. I “called it” the moment I touched the 2015 Retina keyboard. I told everyone who asked me about MacBooks - skip this generation. Apple denied it, journalists tried to hide the elephant in the room, but no word-smithing could change my perception. I noticed a dramatic decrease in quality, and eventually the failure was too big for even Apple to hide.
The TextBlade is the most amazing keyboard I have ever used. And not to be arrogant, but nobody will ever put that level of effort into making a keyboard this good. There’s easier money to be made selling crap.
But I don’t want crap. I insist that tools I use all the time, be of quality and hold up.
And of course, so does WayTools.
The problem is that software is really, really (did I mention - really?) hard. Insanely hard. For example, why is iPhone so hard to replicate? 100% software. There are so many manufacturers who ape the size, shape, specs, screen, sometimes even putting in nicer screens, or more RAM. Yet their flagship phones are literally 1 year behind Apple’s, in measurable things like CPU speed, or app launch times, or image processing times, or battery life.
The magic sauce is… software! (Other than CPU speed, but you can argue the amount of time that went into the CPU design, profiling, simulation - that there’s more software in the design of the CPU than meets the eye.) Sadly I am not the only one to wonder if Apple has dialed down their aggression on quality. After all, if they can make the same money with less effort… because no one has caught up yet…
As a software developer who takes the time to write documentation, train new hires and coop students, and so forth, I still find it very difficult to explain software to the public. So now: I simply don’t try. Not that I don’t care - I just have 2 decades of painful failures. I just focus on delivering, and if the quality is good, they will never (need to) know the trouble I went through to deliver.