A few days ago we reported on Kessler's announcement of the upcoming CineShooter motion control system, and specifically on its centerpiece – the Pan / Tilt Head CineShooter node. Since then, there have been some voices in the community (in our comments and in emails) indicating that Kessler copied existing designs from competing companies. Eric Kessler, CEO of Kessler Crane, contacted us and responded with an explanation.
Eric Kessler, CEO of Kessler Crane, responded to these allegations and emailed us to share with you:
As the owner of Kessler Crane and an enthusiastic advocate for intellectual property protection, I'm concerned about the backlash we've received from a small group of people about our latest product, the CineShooter motion control system.
Some of you have claimed that we obviously "tore off" the design and cloned some of the functions of our competitors' motion control heads. Although there may be some rudimentary similarities, we are 100% behind the design and functions of our CineShooter. This is our product, our unique design, our engineering and our firmware development. I can assure you that there is not a single component in our head that is used in products from other manufacturers – our housing, our electronic boards, our firmware and our hardware were designed and developed by us and manufactured right here in Indiana. To say we stole something is dangerous and simply misinformed.
If you look at the timeline, our CineDrive system, launched in 2012, had the same L-shaped design 4 years before our competitors even announced their product, and we never had the audacity to make claims against them. The simple L-shaped design was neither invented by us nor by us. These are rudimentary mechanics and basic engineering principles, and the reason they are used in every head out there is because they work. Anything else would do no good. Adding unnecessary changes ultimately penalizes the customer with a higher price and no added value.
This product was developed from the ground up taking into account our customer base – it was commissioned by the motion control users. Based on your suggestions and comments about the lack of options and underperforming features currently available in the market. We added the hard-wired motor option because people wanted more reliability. We added an integrated controller because other heads are forcing you to use a third party controller to operate your head and tended to disconnect. We have provided various ways to power the head since you were not happy with internal batteries. We rigorously tested and exceeded what is available for camera power capacity with heads at the same price. We have listened to all of your current problems and have worked tirelessly to develop a product that meets and exceeds your expectations. We'd like to invite anyone who still thinks we have taken someone off to do further research before making any extensive claims about our product and what it can do.
I put my reputation entirely on this product and ecosystem that we have developed here and stand behind what we have achieved. We look forward to the release of Cineshooter to end the rhetoric, and to let skeptics see how powerful and powerful this system really is, and we sincerely thank those who have provided valuable feedback for their support and look forward to giving you what you asked for.
I will leave you without commenting further on the subject as I have expressed my personal opinion on the allegations in the comments of the original article. Always be critical, but I strongly recommend that you thoroughly investigate the actual situation of a subject before making a judgment. Many people seem much more willing to voice their criticism online than they would be personally.