About this project
Update: We have received some great press since launching! Please check out what people are saying and please pass it along as we go into the final stretch!
- "If you like the idea of advanced lighting that doesn't require an advanced appreciation of the user manual to understand, now's a good time to click the source link and make it happen." - Engadget
- “… the Luminode is a platform for innovation that has the potential to enable a world of opportunity on its own…” - Internet of Things Works
- "Home Automation is Getting Smarter!" - Home Alarm Systems
At Think Automatic we believe that smart home technology should be cost effective to install, simple to configure, and seamless to use. We plan to unlock this future through our computerized lighting controls and software that learns what you like.
The beauty of our Luminode Wall Switches isn’t just that they look, act, and feel like a familiar light switch. They monitor electricity usage and help save energy. They communicate wirelessly using a simple protocol making them easy to integrate with our back end learning system which connects with other automation panels, AV equipment, smart phones, or even your own system if that’s your thing.
How it works
Each Luminode contains a microprocessor with built-in radio enabling them to talk to each other and/or a computer. They understand commands to turn on or off or go to specific levels of brightness. The LED on the front faceplace is controlled in a similar way allowing them to show any desired color.
The Luminodes send out event messages to report when one has been tapped or been set to a specific level through a press and hold. A backend system, such as our learning software, can receive these event messages to trigger other actions.
For larger installations the Luminodes form what is called a mesh network. If one or more Luminodes are out of range of a computer controller or other Luminodes, they will relay messages to each other to improve range. In addition the Luminodes can be queried to report their current state including electricity consumption.
What it does
The Luminode enables a cohesive and easy to use lighting control system that elegantly integrates with other systems. Each Luminode acts as part of a coordinated team that not only anticipates what you want them to do but they also manage themselves. For instance by turning off when the system senses that they are not in use, while also remembering how you had your lights set for when you return.
When integrated with a backend system, such as our data driven learning software, the Luminode enhances remote monitoring and management capabilities over the Internet. It becomes possible to tell when a light bulb has burned out, or if there is unexpected activity, which has applications for not only home owners but also apartment, hotel, and vacation rental managers.
In addition we have built the Luminode with a reliable over the air firmware upgrade path making it simple and painless to deploy improvements down the road to the code that makes them work.
The Luminode simplifies how homes are wired eliminating the need for 3 way and 4 way wiring. For retrofit those wires can be abandoned. To illustrate this we created this animation.
Plays well with others
Although at Think Automatic we don’t expect to be able to provide every component of an automated lifestyle, we do expect to help every component, not just the Luminode, to work together. We believe that partnerships and cooperation hold the key to success not just between system components, but also between the people and companies that build and use the systems. We believe we have something to offer everyone from hobbyists to professional system integrators to other product manufacturers.
The Luminodes speak wirelessly with packets of standard XML (extensible markup language), making them easier to integrate with other systems than other products that often have esoteric communication protocols. XML is a very common data interchange format used in computers all over the Internet that is both human and computer readable.
We welcome the opportunity to work with other people and companies to integrate with each other’s systems which with our system just involves creating a simple software driver that translates between other, often proprietary, protocols and XML. We already integrate with GE’s NetworX security panel, the Stargate automation panel, and Insteon. Although we work with these products without hardware modification, there are advantages to be gained from adding basic wireless control and query capabilities to certain devices such as audio and video equipment. We don’t pretend to know how to design such audio and video equipment, but we will gladly work with people and companies that do in order to help get the right features into more products.
With your help
This is and has been a long term project that is now ripe for success. Development of the learning software began over six years ago, with Luminode development beginning almost four years ago. Although these developments have spanned years we are very proud of what we have accomplished and all with a small budget too.
With your help we can finish what we have started. With your Kickstarter contributions we can finish FCC and UL testing, tooling, and begin manufacturing in quantity.
Thank you for your support!
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