The Kickstarter marketing campaign for the Ok-Lens One light-field lens has been cancelled on the final minute on account of ‘monetary points’. The marketing campaign had raised nearly €200,000 on a €75,000 purpose and had orders for 95 items, however regardless of this it appears different behind-the-scenes funding fell via. In a press release the corporate says it was left unsure about whether or not the lenses could possibly be made, and fairly than backers shedding their cash bosses determined to tug the plug on the marketing campaign earlier than it ended. The corporate says that supporters received’t be charged.
Ok-Lens One is a lens that makes use of a mirror tunnel inside the optical building to provide a grid of 9 photos on the sensor, all taken from a barely completely different angle. These photos are then used to provide a depth-map of a scene that may generate 3D photos, be used for depth-based modifying and to regulate the main focus airplane after the shot is recorded.
|An image taken with the Ok-Lens One on the Nikon Z7, and a depth-map created within the firm’s software program utilizing data gathered from the 9 photos the mirror tunnel within the lens produces.|
In feedback posted within the Updates part of the marketing campaign web page a spokesperson mentioned that the choice was left till the final minute because it was hoped a ‘urgent financing challenge’ might have been resolved by the tip of the marketing campaign, however it couldn’t. ‘So we’re not 100% positive we are able to produce and ship the Ok|Lens One. We did not need you Kickstarter backers to take a threat right here. That is why we made this resolution.’
The difficulty was not linked to the funds raised on the Kickstarter marketing campaign, the spokesperson says, however one other drawback within the firm’s monetary construction. The corporate needs to hold on with the venture it appears and absolutely intends to develop the lens, however it appears in the intervening time fairly how that may occur is unsure.‘Higher protected than sorry’ says one commenter. ‘Sure, we expect so too!’ comes the reply.
Ok-Lens has different elements of the enterprise that think about industrial functions for the idea and that appears to be persevering with as regular. Maybe we’ll see the patron lens seem once more sooner or later.
Assertion on Kickstarter:
Final Friday was speculated to be the ultimate day of the Ok|Lens One Kickstarter marketing campaign. We want to thank all of the supporters for believing in our product and workforce and making the marketing campaign so profitable.
Nonetheless its success, we have now fastidiously reviewed our monetary assumptions on product pricing and manufacturing prices and have come to the conclusion that, at the moment, additionally given the financing of our start-up, we’re not capable of assure the manufacturing and supply of the Ok|Lens One.
We’ve got subsequently determined to cancel the marketing campaign just a few hours earlier than it could have reached its finish.
After 5 years of extraordinarily onerous work. We’re very upset for breaking apart this fashion, and we’re sorry for not fulfilling the expectations of the kickstarter neighborhood. On the opposite aspect, if we promise a product, we wish to ship what we promise and that is one thing we simply can not assure in the present day.
We are actually specializing in fund elevating and shall be working onerous to relaunch within the close to future !