It's March. How Close Am I to Getting My SmartThings?
All right, it’s March 1st. We’re as anxious as you are and continue to work around the clock across every member of our growing team. That's now 32 of us, all working to ship your SmartThings! Here are the most recent details.
We’ve been adding lots of finishing touches to the mobile experience, including a Getting Started Experience to guide you through setup, embedded video tutorials on how to best use SmartThings, bits and pieces like registration and password reset, and fully integrated support (including in-app chat - our support team will be with you every step of the way!). With all of these important changes complete, we resubmitted the iOS version yesterday (Feb 28) and are hoping for approval by Apple within 6 days. Android is following close behind, but likely won’t be submitted until April. We’re recruiting to add more Android developers to speed this up if at all possible, so if you know someone awesome, send them our way via email@example.com.
The final panelization and then test runs from manufacturing took a few iterations to get it perfect for mass production. With that done, our manufacturer is accelerating all components and PCBs to try and get as many produced in March as possible, and we’re funding some expedite charges to do our part. Simultaneously, we’re working with our original prototype engineering firm to produce smaller quantities such that we have inventory coming from every angle.
Every nanometer matters. We’ve gone through 2-3 iterations of samples from the production molds, adjusting minute details in response to drop-tests, assembly tests and production quality assurance. At this point, we are waiting for a final version of the SmartTag enclosure and the top half of the motion enclosure. By next week, we expect to place orders for all enclosure volumes. They come 10 days after that.
All of our packaging is done and in our warehouse!
We will release the IDE publicly around March 15th. We hosted a first hack day in Washington, DC on February 9th with great response. Read about it here: http://misterdude.com/smart-things-getting-smarter/
We continue to validate new connected devices on our platform. We will provide a cleaner version of this list, but you can see it here: http://build.smartthings.com/compatible-devices/
Many backers will receive their kits in March but we are limited in production volumes until the later part of the month. We’ll be hosting a series of hand-delivery events in the coming weeks, hopefully in multiple cities. At these events we’ll be delivering kits to small groups of backers, getting their feedback on the experience, and continuing to improve the SmartThings product in response.
Our first event is next Thursday, March 7th in Minneapolis. Our next event is in Northern California on Wednesday, March 13th. Dallas and NYC, be on the lookout.
We know each of you is anxious to get your kit. If you are in the US or CA it will be in March or April. You'll receive an email from us with your tracking number as soon as it leaves our warehouse. Please be sure to follow us on Twitter and Facebook for all of our updates and news.
As always, we thank everyone for their support. SmartThings is creating the open platform for the Internet of Things, which is a big undertaking, but one the world needs. Your backing has made this possible!
The SmartThings Team
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