The simplest of working Bleen prototypes would represent a huge breaktrough in science. Far more than the petty $250,000 they are seeking through Indiegogo. These Bleen guys need to cut down on the video production budget and hire sharper business people – something is off with that financial goal. Clearly, they don’t seem to grasp the financial opportunity they are missing.
The other day, MTBS ran a story that the Bleen product line as promoted goes against the laws of science as we know it (and as true holographic experts know it). They have already raised over $40,000 through equity-free crowdfunding, and MTBS wanted to see a substantial proof of concept before this campaign is allowed to continue with confidence.
We are happy to report that Bleen did reach out to us after our story. The problem is their email had the following text at the bottom:
Confidentiality Statement: This e-mail, including attachments, may include confidential and/or proprietary information, and may be used only by the person or entity to which it is addressed. If the reader of this e-mail is not the intended recipient or his or her authorized agent, the reader is hereby notified that any dissemination, distribution or copying of this e-mail is prohibited. If you have received this e-mail in error, please notify the sender by replying to this message and delete this e-mail immediately.
So MTBS’ hands are tied in that we really can’t take any chances with sharing the contents of their email. However, we are prepared to answer a series of questions based on what isn’t in the letter.
1. Is Bleen willing to cease their campaign so a live demo or proof of concept can be shared?
Sorry. Nothing like this can be found in the letter.
2. Will Bleen take advantage of the free exhibit we are offering them at Immersed, the biggest kick-ass conference for virtual reality, augmented reality, stereoscopic 3D, gesture tech, and all things immersive on the East Coast taking place this weekend from November 23-24 in Toronto?
There is no evidence in their letter that Bleen will take advantage of the free exhibit we are offering them at Immersed, the biggest kick-ass conference for virtual reality, augmented reality, stereoscopic 3D, gesture tech, and all things immersive on the East Coast taking place this weekend from November 23-24 in Toronto.
They also have not indicated plans to attend the free exhibition on the Sunday afternoon, or partake in the early draw prizes for pre-registrants. WE ARE DEVASTATED!
3. Will Bleen be speaking at Immersed amongst the 40 listed speakers?
The organizers of Immersed would have gladly removed their own speaking slot to make room for Bleen, but no such desire or opportunity presented itself in the Bleen letter.
4. Has Bleen given a firm description of how their technology works and what it’s based on?
I’m afraid there is no such data included in their letter.
As it stands, MTBS sees no justification to allow the Bleen Indiegogo campaign to continue until some basic public / media scrutiny is permitted. Setting aside breaking the laws of physics and potentially encouraging the cohabitation of cats and dogs (they did not indicate a resistance to this in their letter either), there are just too many unanswered questions.
More troubling though is it just boggles the mind because we really want Bleen at Immersed. In honor of their potential scientific achievements, the Immersed conference has a new discount code that takes $75 off the full registration rate. This link applies the discount right away.