The End of the Line for the Luminode
Back in 2005 I had the start of an idea that I believed could help spread the promise and benefit of home automation around the world. I believed it so much that I would spend the next decade working towards making it a reality.
The idea makes installation and setup of home automation extremely quick and simple. It works by the automation system programming itself via a machine learning algorithm built out of a database management system.
Early on I saw that it could work. However, for it to work to its full potential it needed quick accurate feedback from people in their homes. And there was one device that could serve that purpose that was familiar, ubiquitous and that everyone knew how to use it. And that was something that looked and acted like a light switch.
Unfortunately back at that time the available existing networked light switches were not designed to work well with a learning system like this. After unsuccessfully trying to persuade the manufacturers to make modifications to their products I decided to embark on a journey to build the right light switch.
I first contacted local hardware designers and builders back in 2008. Since then the team of engineers, partners and friends has evolved until finally we were able to nearly reach a UL approved Luminode, twice. It is a device I will always be proud of and I hope everyone who was a part of it will always be proud of it. These tiny computers each have about 8,000 lines of code running on them with more features and capabilities than need to be explained again here.
But it turns out that building a smart, electronic dimmer switch on a shoestring budget is a very difficult task. And to drive that home I have just learned that the Luminode will not receive UL approval once again after failing what's called the limited short circuit test.
It is with a heavy heart that I have realized I no longer have enough remaining financial and emotional fortitude to repeat this difficult process of re-designing, re-building and re-testing the Luminode.
I will be following up individually with each and every Kickstarter backer and other people with pre-orders placed to make sure you receive a refund. Please be patient, it will take some time to gather the funds and to get to everyone.