I beg to differ. I think the 4k is a very successful product when put in the scope of Pimax's original goal, 200 FOV, and that to hold one in your hand it is a Very Well Made item. It feels nice in the hand, like quality, and is extremely comfortable on the head. Oh I'm sorry, did you mean financial success? Kickstarter ... cough cough!
I wish more people realized how extremely difficult that is to pull off. First the vision. Next the technical expertise. Third the manufacturing prowess. If you have ever been on a makeready on any product line you know that that is the Real Test for any product. Engineering set aside, if you can't actually make what you've designed you're a failure because you've made nothing. Pimax is a Proven Company. I have a BE model and a late 4K model and they are both beautiful. Elegant in the way of only what it needs is what is there.
The shortcoming I've seen with Pimax is that they are short on connections. They are n00bz. A true startup. And with that they had trouble from the start getting their hands on a good screen in a world where phone manufacturers are cutting each other's throats in competition for components. So that's Really Really hard. They had no name.
With many, if not the vast majority of startups, that's the end of the game. But these guys have been making connections. With the kickstarter, where they earned wild expectations because they are showing proof of concept, and have proven they can actually build something and get it to your door, they've been able to make friends, get those connections.
I am very glad they took their Chicken and Egg to CES again to see who they can partner with. They're making distribution connections, finding more resources in interested parties.
And with the makeready factors I've mentioned above. They did say this demo was a model off of the production line. I can imagine how that can be a little off because I've been there. It wasn't as good as they may have planned. But they took it probably because they know that at CES it's not what happens on the floor that matters as much as what happens off the floor. Yes you get press, but those meetings with others about your product ... and an honest show of where it is at at the current moment ... is why the no names pay to be at such conferences. And Anyone Making Anything (not some fanboy with a keyboard) knows what it takes to get a workable product As Well As how easy it can be to miles off from what it should be at the moment because of a few missing tweaks you didn't have the time yet to put into production. So you're right, CES is not amateur hour.