It has come to my attention that Howard Smith has stated that among the many things he has invented is the "focus system (VFX - that became the Bartech)". It's the last part I have a problem with since:
1. I never met Howard until the BFD was in production.
2. I never heard of the VFX until the BFD was in production.
The first time I met Howard was at ShowBiz Expo in 2000 or 2001, and we had started shipping BFD's in 1999. He did state that he had developed a system like mine but his business partner Ben Fisher, later of UnitCine fame, looted the company and bankrupted it. He also used words to the effect that all my sales rightly belonged to him since he had a similar product earlier. Once we started shipping BFD's one of my customers told me about the VFX but I didn't see one until 2001.
In fact the product I was inspired by was the Chrosziel Fox, which was a good product but very expensive. I thought I could do the same thing for less money and I was correct. 2300+ units later we are still shipping 20+ a month.
I am afraid the only place the VFX "became" the BFD is in Howard's imagination.
Just setting the record straight.
Jim Bartell, Owner