The last year has been an incredible learning experience. We didn't fund, but got a LOT of leads through our campaign. We built our prototypes, and met with a LOT of potential customers to learn what they liked ... and what didn't work.
We evolved our design ... going from Arduino, to Netduino, to embedded ARM ... AND a full rewrite in Python. We also fully refactored our design ... and finally have been making progress in a new evolved direction.
One of the things that I have come to realize is that the real ecosystem of the Internet of Things will never emerge until we start to get companies, products, and people talking with each other and working towards interoperable products. In addition, I believe that our models for the Internet of Things has to evolve.
The solutions that are being sold today often include support for many different technologies ... but all designed to lock you - the customer - into a single cloud platform where you can never escape. It's almost like an auto industry where every auto part is custom, you have to buy gas at their gas stations, and park in garages made by that same manufacturer. #fail
We have now broken our architecture into two pieces - emitters, and the loom.
An emitter is an evolved sensor that has been designed to "emit events" over one or more protocols. Our upcoming product is a "Wovyn emitter", in the form of an Ethernet Sensor Board, that can be set-up using PoE, and will product a set of integrated sensors based on some specific customer requirements. Right after that we intend to release a Wovyn emitter that will be an Ethernet gateway that will support our wireless sensors.
A loom is more of a multi-protocol gateway. Our Python Loom can run on embedded platforms, Windows, Mac, or Linux, and provides a set of protocol translation services to enable platform integration through simple configuration.
What we learned is that our initial customers were more interested in our emitters first ... and supporting the protocols they talk.
Anyhow ... stay tuned! As we get our product completed, we're considering running another Kickstarter campaign to offer them to our followers.
It's been a crazy year+ ... but an awesome year with lots of progress.