It makes me laugh that if I wasn't such a sceptic when I first heard of TextBlade, my percentage would be higher.
One side benefit of a science education is spotting a scam from a mile away:
- A solar powered water bottle that extracts water from the air!
- A drone that follows you! (Back in 2010 you needed supercomputers to do computer vision - and back then they still did a crappy job.)
It was clear nobody moderated Kickstarter and Indiegogo.
But I would check out the scams anyway (my version of watching TV) just to see what kind of tricks people would try to pull off. Maybe build up my BS detector so I don't get scammed in other areas of my life.
Many Kickstarter scams used CG-rendered graphics. They also tended to gravitate toward rendering shiny white walls and shiny white furniture for some reason???
Anyway, got sick of their disgusting behaviour, and worried about how many people might fall for those scams. The news told me about how people walked off with millions of dollars.
Someone posts an article about TextBlade, and I follow the link, watch the videos, and dismiss it on these grounds:
- way, way too small
- touch sensors don't work that way!!! It would be way too expensive to put a touch sensor behind the keys!!! And then the capacitive sense pads would have wires that flexed with every key press and longevity would be crap!
- how can you fit usable battery life into that? (Reaches over and swaps 2 AAs out of Apple Mouse, again.)
- and $99? Chunky huge keyboards sell for double that! Miniaturization should mean it costs much, much more!
- "and it's here?" Then why the CG videos on how chords work?!? (I was so irate I forgot that fingers aren't transparent.)
I sighed and said, "if it's too good to be true, it probably is."
Little did I know.
Months later, I poke my head into the forums, and read about people talking about their TREG units. They didn't read like fake Amazon reviews! Detailed discussions on real issues like the first-generation stands that cracked, or first-generation green paint that came off. And about how WayTools solved all the issues.
So then I ordered, and I am so glad I did.
It's one of those exceedingly rare times that someone really has made something wonderful, and it changes everything.