Well, we didn't make it. First I want to say thank you to everyone who contributed and helped pread the word about the PengPods. There will be a chance for a few people to own one, read at the bottom if you interested.
One of our commercial customers said it best "IMO one of the things which is very wrong with the world we live in is that there are no Linux tablets. I regard what Ubuntu and KDE are doing as ineffective. It is solutions which drive the market, not desktop eyecandy." This pretty much sums up our feelings on the matter as well. Unfortunately we built all our plans on the media responding the same way to us a second time. The response we mostly got was "We don't write about crowd funders because there are so many, let us know if you succeed." if we got any response at all. Not very useful. If we had known the world had turned we might have made our plans a little differently. We had a much better response per visitor to the PengPod 1040 than the 1000/700 but just couldn't get those visitors like before.
Enough about what might have been though, I know everyone is going to ask about plans for the future. Basically we are going to be shutting down, though we might still take on some consulting work for commercial customers. We will not be able to offer the PengPod 1040 for general sales. Had the 1000/700 not been discontinued, we might have limped along and brought out an A20 dual core option. That is not going to be possible now, we spent too much money on the crowd funder. I might have a longer break down of thinks we tried and learned if anyone is interested, but at the moment we are pretty busy wrapping things up and job hunting.
We will be clearing out our inventory including some working PengPod 1040s, defective or refurbished PengPod 1000s/700s and various demo units, test units and samples from manufacturers we considered for the project. It will all be sold on ebay http://www.ebay.com/usr/nicstix. If you are interested in a bulk purchase of 3 devices or more of anything listed, please contact us directly. I will post more links as once the PengPod devices are listed.
So the campaign didn't make it. I'm not sure how fast indiegogo returns the contributions but I wouldn't be surprised if everyone was already seeing something.
I will have a write up about the crowd funding and future of the company on Monday.
The deadline has been extended. Crowd-funding will remain open until Saturday the 26th of October. The cnet article has brought renewed interested and we are seeming more tweets and post, so please help us spread the word and take advantage of this momentum to reach our goal!
So we've been posted on cnet and hopefully it will bring more attention. We have been talking with the Indiegogo people and it turns out we can extend our crowd funding time. I think we are going to do this to get these latest stories the chance to spread and hopefully spawn more. This will of course impact our delivery time frame, which was pretty optimistic in the first place, however I think everyone would be happier to be able to get one, even a few weeks later than not get one at all.
I will post some more details once we finalize the time extension and estimate our new delivery time frames.
We have made it onto slashdot. This is probably our best chance to pick up some momentum and get the funding really going. If you haven't yet, please tell people you know and let places you go for tech news about the PengPod. From our first crowd funding experience we learned once one place has picked it up, many more will follow. Ubuntu edge was raising something like 300k a day, while of course I don't think we will ever get that kind of response (or media attention) it does show we can reach our goal quickly and that enough Linux enthusiast are out there, they just need to know about us!