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What is the Current Status of the iZ3D Driver Open Source Project

June 30th, 2012 · 7 Comments · General 3D News


If you remember back in April iZ3D has announced their open source project with the ultimate goal to release the source code of their iZ3D Driver to the open source community and allow the users to keep developing and improving it. This has happened after quite some time with no new updates being released for the iZ3D driver and this announcement also confirmed the suspicion that the company is no longer developing the driver. But in order to release the source code of the iZ3D Driver as an open source product the company has set a very high goal – to reach $800,000 USD in less than three months from user contributions with users being able to contribute only $150 USD to the iZ3D Driver Open Source Project.

But what is the situation today, on June 30th, the deadline for reaching the $800K USD goal, apparently iZ3D is still very far from what they’ve anticipated. I was very skeptical about reaching that goal with the terms that iZ3D has set even when they’ve announced the initiative to go open source. Allowing smaller contributions from users is a must and using a trusted crowd funding service like Kickstarter could’ve greatly helped move things forward for the initiative, and apparently iZ3D has also reached to a similar conclusion (though apparently Kickstarter has rejected the project when it was submitted there at a later time). So iZ3D started accepting from as less as $5 USD through PayPal up to $150 in contributions from users willing to see the iZ3D Driver released as an open source project under GPL license. The only problem is that there is no time left, unless iZ3D extends the time-frame they have initially announced and we have absolutely no information on what is the current amount of contributions so far and how much is left. So hopefully tomorrow we are going to have some more information regarding the future of the iZ3D Driver and will it’s source code be made available to the open source community or not…

Update: Apparently iZ3D has dropped the Open Source Project idea due to low user interest according to them, so everyone contributing to the project will get a refund, here is what they said:

In 2011 and 2012, more than a quarter million of the free and fee based iZ3D drivers were downloaded by the iZ3D user community. However, only a very small fraction of the community members showed interest into the conversion to Open Source by contributing to the project funding. Unfortunately the contributions were insufficient to convert the iZ3D driver software/middleware to Open Source status. Therefore we decided to refund the contributions to the contributors with many thanks. Considering the company’s financial status, we will now have to search for alternative measures to support the iZ3D software for the 3D gaming community. Again many thanks to the contributors for the expressed interest and for the contributions. We will issue the refunds to your original payment account prior to July 4, 2012.

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7 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Harrowing Life // Jun 30, 2012 at 15:49

    So in other words they are trying to sell the Driver to the Open Source Community to then carry on their legacy. This is wrong in so many ways. Either way though, the driver is not worth any more than $100,000 if it was being sold to another company.

    Have I really misunderstood here? Does the $800k mean they will work full-time on the driver still as well as the community helping? Sorry this makes no sense and is morally wrong.

  • 2 HCForde // Jul 1, 2012 at 00:52

    I am not so sure of the moral integrity of the plan or the people behind it one way or the other. That being said there has been no clear plan to the general public of the uses of the funds. That is a great deterrent in my opinion. The fact that Kickstarter rejected the project probably tells us that either the plan that was presented was unsustainable or that they felt the product was unsustainable.

    It is sad because I like the idea of choices and different approaches. In this narrow field though who would want or need to purchase it. The only real thing to do was wat they attempted however the plan and implementation was/is apparently flawed.

  • 3 DC // Jul 1, 2012 at 07:47

    When I heard about this months ago, I felt like they were being really greedy. It seems like from the response many people felt the same way. They just want to cash out by taking advantage of its user base.

    It seems to me like they did not think this out enough even from the collection of money. If I was a user and someone told me pay me $800k and then I will open source. I would say why am I going to fund your retirement. Its just very wrong on so many levels what they tried to do.

  • 4 uhhu // Jul 2, 2012 at 00:51

    Not even surprised kickstarted refused the project, this is just dumb. People who gave them money are even dumber.

    Who need that driver anyway ??

  • 5 Bloody // Jul 2, 2012 at 01:12

    You know, it is always good to have alternatives and not to be forced to use a single solution, just because there is nothing else available. Even if the alternative is not that good it is still better to have it than not to… monopoly is never a good thing.

  • 6 artox // Jul 2, 2012 at 10:54

    Too bad, but no surprise there. Had they presented the plan earlier, not going into radio silence for over a year, it might have worked out better. No to mention 800k, seriously…I’ve bought the driver and enjoyed it for a long, long time, but ever since the Helix mods for nvidia’s driver I’ve been using iz3d less and less.
    That being said iz3d and ddd remain better that 3dtvplay in one important way – 1080p SBS vs. 720p frame-packed.
    I can’t say the price is high not knowing what the initial costs for building the driver were, but I doubt the money went so much into the production of the driver, but rather the iz3d monitor itself. Still too bad that we’ll be still lacking an open source driver, would have loved seeing some of the love that goes into modifying shaders for 3dvision go into iz3d, since an open source driver is a more sustainable thing than what Nvidia has given us (oh, wait we don’t need a driver, let’s just stop releasing for a few years and bring out our own hardware with a severely limited new edition of the old driver).

  • 7 Time Master // Jul 7, 2012 at 12:58

    It’s not a surprise that Kickstarted rejected that “project” because the philosophy of Kickstarter is tu help developers with no money to develop their projects.

    iZ3D is an actually full developed project, they just want to make more money with it (which I can understand) but it’s wrong to do that using Kickstarter.

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