There is definitely a very large, and growing, Maker/Open Source Revolution going on on-line. This is the natural formation of alternate ways of creating products given the lack of barriers for computation and communications at high-bandwidth, worldwide, 24/7365. Connecting the intended end-users to the product during this process is ideal, but not required. This is more like a virtual supply-chain. Many of those in the chain could also be customers. Henry Ford recognized this when he tripled the going wage of his day and engaged his workers as customers.
Consider East Africans today, who now walk miles for fresh water. Open Source solutions to their specific transportation/sanitation needs could be supported by philanthropic groups. These simple vehicles would be fueled by the sun, including the on-board water pumps and filters, reliable, simple to repair. Viola - a beautiful solution with everybody improving their lives, including those who design and build the vehicles. This will grow in the future as the component market becomes less a hostage of the formerly predominant OEMs and Open Source Vehicle designs proliferate the way blender models have.
So, thanks to all those who are rooting for us. Your intentions and support, no matter how seemingly small, help keep this fragile ship afloat. When we go up on Indiegogo please help us by linking to your networks and spread the word. As a united group we are a very powerful force for change.