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Mr. Hatcher. You seem to have completely missed the point of what I would judge of the almost complete failure of Darbeevision's funding campaign. The stated by Darbeevision purpose of the funding campaign is to develop security and medical imaging products and has nothing to do with bringing the coming new HT processor to market. Looking at the funding raised, a few new dealer packages were sold and 43 Darblets were sold by knocking off $29 from the street price. This same price was offered by dealers over the black cyber weekend. From their website, exactly 0 have ponied up the $499 advance payment for the new product, perhaps because delivery is 6 months away and the street price could be close to that.
Darbeevision is no longer a start up company. If it needs funds the place to seek them is not the HT market where consumers will act to save $30 bucks. After the cost of goods, how much of the approximately $23,000 raised would be left for bringing the security and medical imaging products to market? Darbeevision will have to use traditional funding approaches (venture capitalist, going public, penny stocks, etc) which will cost them some piece of their company.
I m a fan and supporter of the company, but I don't get or support its fund raising approach.
I do not see any effort by Darbee to make Darbee performance improvements for the HT market and no attempt at a 4K Darbee product.Ppenetration of the HT market by or through other vendors has been minimal though the Oppo product has potential for selling substantial numbers. if darbee didn't bring out the Darblet itself, the company would have been gone by now. I do not think a better box and the other non Darbee performance improvements will be enough to sustain the company. If it is to survive they must make Darbee performance improvements and not just fix deficiencies in the old product by raisding the cost. Darbee needs a new HT product. Rather than do that, it is clear that Darbee will chase the security and medical imaging market. That's where I thing darbee perceives its opportunity for substantial profit.. darbee somehow needs to penetrate the game market. The Darblet can really improve the PQ of a video game. Of course the add on would have to be cheap.