They came to an agreement, but weren't allowed to sell it at the price APH wanted that was $500. And basically stopped allowing APH to service units. Basically, it's a bit of a case of codependency between the two, which is never a good thing.
Here's some tweets:
Bryan Smart, @twynn92 @reevesman @RangerStation @blindbargains @APHfortheBlind @OrbitResearch1 Heard today, unconfirmed, that Orbit wanted to increase the price, partly due to some increased costs. APH said no, so they lost APH as a distributor and major source of sales. Everyone knows selling directly to blind people is corporate suicide, and so Orbit folded. Damn shame! 4 months ago, Twitterrific for iOS
Bryan Smart, @RangerStation @twynn92 @reevesman @blindbargains @APHfortheBlind @OrbitResearch1 @bbrannan They produce the first refreshable tactile display. Several are manufactured, then circumstances kill it. Now, the least expensive Braille display, ever, gets killed, too. It’s sad and frustrating, as neither died from being a bad product. 4 months ago, Twitterrific for Mac
Bryan Smart, @bbrannan @linnea710420 @RangerStation @twynn92 @reevesman @blindbargains @APHfortheBlind @OrbitResearch1 I sure hope so, though, if they increase the price a lot, they may as well stop making it. It's amazing at $500, but the slow refresh rate isn't nearly as excusable at $1,000. Wonder if this means Graphiti might survive, too? 4 months ago, Twitterrific for iOS
Buddy Brannan, @BryanSmart @linnea710420 @RangerStation @twynn92 @reevesman @blindbargains @APHfortheBlind @OrbitResearch1 Orbit's costs have increased, yes. Now it sells retail at $599. So not sure what "a lot" is for an increases but it hasn't hit $1k. Orbit didn't fold. Orbit is still selling, updating, supporting, and has units available. , 4 months ago, Twitter for iPhone
Orbit Research, @bbrannan @BryanSmart @linnea710420 @RangerStation @twynn92 @reevesman @blindbargains @APHfortheBlind The Orbit Reader 20 is in active production and we continue to develop and support it with firmware updates, warranty service and repairs. It is available through our website: http://www.orbitresearch.com/product/ta … reader-20/ and via phone: 888-606-7248 4 months ago, Twitter Web Client
And here's this article with further clarifying info
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