Thanks for your feedback. Something I've learned is that marketing and complexity don't mix, so I agree our communication strategy is not optimal. We are trying to talk to too many audiences and doing a bad job with all of them. We'll try harder.
Half a million is an awful lot of money. $430 is a lot for a router.
It's a server/router hybrid. We need to be clearer about that. The specs are competitive with what you'd find in the market for regular computers, but we thought it would be distracting to break them down because some of them are subject to change.
It's not clear at all what it does. IPv6 internet? What is that?
Sharing the connection with nearby people? Why would I want to?
Because at scale, the idea turns your internet acquisition cost into a one time cost. It's true that it's better for municipalities to adopt this kind of technology than individuals. Sharing your connection: For better performance and your privacy. We probably could probably selll the privacy aspect more, as I think our architecture is the best I know out there for turning the internet back into the bastion of liberty it once was, rather than the surveillance state it has become. Our solution to this by the way was to create a commodity market for anonymous distributed computation, but more work needs to be done.
Mesh networking. How is this going to scale? What performance and latency do you expect? How likely is it that two users will find one another? You need a huge amount of deployed devices for this to work, especially for ones in fixed locations.
I admit there are critical mass issues, and this is a very legitimate criticism of the project. Our strategy to bootstrap this network is to run our network over the regular internet until such time that it spreads to someone near you in physical proximity.
There's some nonsense in the video about the number of people in the world without internet access. A $430 device sold in first world countries won't do anything to address that.
I don't think it's nonsense. We are trying to turn internet acquisition into a one time cost. It's a high price, why we were asking people to get in touch with internet.org for us and ask them to talk to us. We've now made contact with them, and hope something comes of it.
It's an enormous mish-mash of things. Android, mesh networking, some nebulous IPv6 internet, a web browser, an API for I don't know what... seriously, I'm well versed in tech, but I have no clue what is all this about. And that is a bad sign.
TL;DR: it's unclear what it does, why would I want to participate, and it's very expensive. Why aren't you developing alternative firmware for cheap wifi routers, for instance?
Mish-mash: That's true, but I think the strength of our approach will come out as we roll out more of our stuff. If you are serious about solving this problem you have to look at it from a lot of different angles. Also most WIFI hardware sold out there has closed source drivers, even on Linux. That's a nonstarter for a project like ours. Controlling the hardware makes things much easier.
Anyhow, thanks for this feedback. Overall, it's some of the best we've got. We'll review it and act accordingly to improve our message.