Just an update. The trickle has started and a few packs of New55 FILM have gone out to paying customers at the very high and we-are-grateful price of $20. The theory is that if we keep doing this the wheels will turn to larger quantities and the price will start to decrease.
The most important aspect of the $20 packets is the message it sends to potential backers of the project who still need encouragement to proceed with a deal that was given a handshake some months ago.
In the meantime we are sourcing parts again, and trying to get 10-100,000 clips started at a reasonable price.
Another milestone has been the filing of all regular patent applications before the cutoff date of the "America Invents Act", which makes it even harder for small companies to develop, own and protect their intellectual property in the face of large corporations.