At long last, the Sizzix Eclips info is public! Scrap-Mart.com has the machine, cartridges and accessories up for preorder. They also have posted a download of the starter cartridge handbook HERE that shows all the details of the features this machine will offer. ETA: Check out the Scrap-Mart video from the CHA floor to see the Eclips in action HERE.
Although they use a similar concept, I already see many differences between this machine and the Cricut. Being able to control and design your cuts on the remote before sending them to the machine is a huge benefit - no more guesswork or wasted paper! The border function actually repeats the image to make a border, it doesn't just make it huge to adjust to the length like the Cricut (a cricut pet peeve of mine). There are also more creative features available on the cartridges (at least for the starter one). Sizzix will be posting demo videos later today, and I can't wait to see the machine in action. Everyone is showing a preorder date of May - I sure hope I can get my hands on one sooner! Don't you just love CHA??? I wish I was there!