Hex Cancels Second Kickstarter Campaign To Focus on Fixing First

Hex Cancels Second Kickstarter Campaign To Focus on Fixing First


Last week, we wrote about FlexPV, an ambitious Kickstarter campaign by a team who many backers say failed to deliver on their first crowdfunded project, a copter called Hex.

Since that post ran, FlexLab has cancelled FlexPV and says that before they pursue that project, they are going to make things right with Hex backers.

“We should shoulder the responsibilities to meet the demands and requirements of the old Flexbot friends before launching a new project,” reads a statement by FlexLab. “For a team with responsibility and loyalty, we think that we are making the right choice, which is also what you guys want and need us to do.”

Before the campaign was canceled, FlexPV was going to be a modular development meant to add a power assist to wheeled vehicles. Promotional videos show users clamping motor, control, and battery modules to a skateboard, a bicycle and even a grocery cart.

But it swiftly became clear on the FlexPV comment section that many backers of FlexLab’s last campaign, Hex, were unsatisfied with Kickstarter rewards that they say never came, didn’t work, or functioned poorly.

“My unit is one of the many that simply goes up and then slams into the wall like so many other people,” wrote backer Brian Sorli. “Hex won’t be getting any more money from me!”

Now that FlexPV is backburnered, though, the FlexLab team says they’re going to strive to deliver on Hex’s promises. It’s not immediately clear how they intend to do so, though a representative wrote that a solution “is underway.”

Once things are squared away with Hex, FlexLab says that FlexPV will return.

“FlexPV’s return to Kickstarter is absolute,” they wrote. “The team sincerely hopes that your support and trust are always there. We will be more than glad and excited to inform you about our returning when we are ready.


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Jon Christian is the co-editor of the Maker Pro Newsletter, which covers the intersection between makers and business. He's also written for the Boston Globe, WIRED and The Atlantic.

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