yeah man… I’m irritated, but not enraged… I mean, fucking cyberise did the same but also put our product name on their product… I think they called their NTAG216 clone like XNFC or something but then also put “(Same as xNT)” or something like that… yes flattering until they start stealing customers in an already extremely niche market… and selling cheaper made, less safe products. I think so far I’ve clocked 10+ broken tag stories from cyberise and at least a few from IAR… we have no confirmed cases and only 2 claims of breakage with no evidence submitted… and because we ship free replacements upon submission of basically any level of proof you have a problem with your implant, I find the refusal to send anything, not even a photo, a little suspect.
yeah… I have seen those things and could get them from suppliers and put on the store… but I’m not impressed… the HF relay board only accepts 26bit Wiegand so literally all of our NExT and xEMs would activate the relay because it only cares about the first 26 bits of the ID not the full 40 bit we program them with (serialized)… also it’s just the relay board, no reader… for 80 euros… so we have shit security, no reader, and almost 3x the cost of the xAC v2 … not interested.
The micro OTG reader is also kind of like… why… it’s clearly made for phones and iPhone started down the NFC path a long time ago, so it was only a matter of time until this reader became irrelevant. I mean, if you want to use it, eBay’s got 'em so I figured why bother putting resources into sunk inventory cost when I could work on product development. Not arguing, just explaining why we don’t have these kinds of knickknacks and bobbles on the site.
basically… we made a mistake early on and bought up a HUGE amount of xAC v1 inventory… which kept us with inventory costs that kinda made it undesirable to move to something new… and when the time came we hadn’t gotten anywhere significant with our planned access module… so the xAC v2 is the replacement option. I am talking to the vendor about supporting other LF card types other than just EM, which would be really great actually because so many people have HIDs programmed to their NExTs etc… but the NRE charge is huge and they refuse to see things the honorable way … so I would pay thousands of $$ to update the firmware to support HID and AWID and Indala and others, but they would go right ahead and sell that updated firmware to the rest of the world, including IAR… so we’re stuck with an EM only xAC v2… and once again it’s proof positive that if you want to sink time, resources, and hard earned $ into something awesome, it better be yours from the ground up because Chinese manufacturers are like gangsters… they have one rule - fuck you, make money. I avoid them whenever possible… but because of how the world is currently structured, sometimes it’s impossible.
The bottom line is, our own access module is probably at the very bottom of the priority list and will probably never happen. This is because there are seriously amazing things happening on the implant side of the house, and that will always take priority… and we have a lot of ideas.