No rose tinted glasses here. No glasses at all, in fact. I saw the product, decided that I had to have one and ordered it within about 60 seconds. I'm well aware of the potential pitfalls of kickstarter projects and decided to take the risk. I said "I think". That was based on the product page which says "This order is for our second manufacturing run, expected to ship January of 2019.". There's also another update which implies that units have been shipped but I can't find it now.
When I started with an idea, I had absolutely no clue on whether I could achieve it. My career has nothing to do with electronics or software. Ok, I have got a degree in Computer Science with Electronics but that was 30 years ago and probably 25 years since I used any of that in anger. But here I am less than a year later and I have several Raspberry Pis doing some really clever stuff (I think) like occupancy detection to control my heating, security, turning on lights at sunset that don't support being turned on at sunset - thanks to the Ikea article in the last MagPi. All this is through the generosity of others sharing their knowledge and a faith in stuff that nobody "knew" would work.
I don't have many vices, I'm careful with my pennies generally and gambling a couple of hundred quid on something that will make me happy if it pays off, but won't kill me if it doesn't, is less that a lot of people spend on beer in a month.
To the Pi guys: Did you ever in your wildest dreams think that we'd be where we are with it today? Does much of where you/we are today rely on the early faith of a community who, to some extent, had to look at life through rose tinted glasses?
Get an Oomph