Out of the Ashes
My most recent update from last fall was entitled "The End of the Line for the Luminode". Thank you so much to our backers for the many kind words of... Read more
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... Read more
Two steps closer to Luminode UL Approval, but a new snag as well...
We received the good news is that UL has approved our air-gap switch implementation without additional hardware modification! We also have passed the LED/CFL bulb overload test and the LED/CFL... Read more
Luminode UL Update
UL has now received the test equipment needed to perform the LED and CFL bulb related tests and they expect to begin those tests before the end of this week.... Read more
UL Slips Remaining Luminode Testing at Least One More Week
I received word today that UL did not receive an important piece of test equipment this week as they were expecting. This means that they will not be able to... Read more
Luminode UL Approval Status
We had hoped to be completed with Luminode UL testing by the end of last week while I was at the UL facility in person assisting and witnessing the tests.... Read more
Luminodes Pass Every UL Test Performed This Week! Only a Few More Tests To Go...
I'm finishing up my last day this week at the UL facility in New York and although there are still a few more tests left to perform, the Luminodes passed... Read more
Luminodes Pass UL Endurance Test!
It's the end of my third day at UL this week and what a long day it has been! After a few disagreements with the robot that turned six of... Read more
Luminodes Pass UL Overload Test! Endurance Test Still Running...
I'm here at UL getting started on day two of a full week of Luminode testing. Yesterday the Luminode passed the overload testing and the endurance test is currently running... Read more
Luminode UL Testing to be Completed by Labor Day!
The Luminode is scheduled with UL for approval testing for the last week in August. If all goes well we will have UL approval less than three weeks from now! ... Read more
Luminode Live Demo Including Voice Control!
Check out our latest Luminode live demo video to see just how super quick and easy it is to setup Luminodes in an entire house in only a few minutes!... Read more
Luminode Roller Coaster Still Riding the Rails!
It has been about 6 weeks since my last update and we're still pulling out all the stops to get the Luminodes out the door and into your homes! It... Read more
The Continuing Saga of the Luminode
It has been over a month since my last update on Luminode development, and quite a bit longer since delving deeply into the "saga". But for those of you simply... Read more
Quick Luminode Update
We have received UL design approval on the recent changes and have already manufactured new blank circuit boards and mechanical components. After we receive the final electronic components within the... Read more
Continuing Progress Towards UL Approval
UL confirmed with us last week that we had a couple minor remaining issues related to our recent Luminode design modifications. We have since fixed those issues and resubmitted back... Read more
Luminodes Back in the UL Pipeline
The design to fix the Luminodes for UL re-submission were completed on January 24th and the design files have been submitted once again to UL. It should take about 2... Read more
Luminode Fixes for UL Approval are in Progress
Late last fall, after almost making it through UL, we were hopeful that a trivial hardware fix was all that would be needed in order to resubmit for testing. This... Read more
Luminodes in the House!
Since our UL setback last month we have been revising and refining our course of action in order to get the Luminode successfully through UL in a timely fashion, which... Read more
I'm nearing the end of my week here with UL in Melville, NY. The folks at UL here are a great group of people who love what we're doing and... Read more
UL Testing Underway Once Again!
I'm here all week at the UL test facility in Melville NY observing and helping facilitate the Luminode safety tests. Yesterday we had one unit not pass the incandescent overload... Read more
Update on UL Approval
The good news is that we are confident that the Luminode will be UL approved. The less than good news is that UL approval turns out to be a lengthier... Read more
The RazBee has Officially Passed FCC!!
The RazBee, which enables the Raspberry Pi to communicate with the Luminodes and other products in the future, is now officially certified by the FCC!!
Our single remaining regulatory hurdle... Read more
New Luminodes Resubmitted for UL Testing
Last week we received newly updated Luminode components intended for UL compliance (safety) testing. Using those components we assembled 9 new complete Luminodes which we have resubmitted back to UL... Read more
New Luminodes for UL Testing Expected First Week in June
As explained in our previous update, the last run of Luminodes were not manufactured according to our exact specifications nor using processes suitable for final manufacturing. Despite these issues we... Read more
The UL Hurdle
Last week we received twelve new Luminodes with the required UL design modifications in place for testing. Although the new mechanical parts fit and work great, the electronics were not... Read more
Check out our new video update to see Luminodes and our new mobile web UI in action! Also get a closer look at the Raspberry Pi based RazBee with RazThing... Read more
UL approved our design!
UL approved our design last week and our new test units are in manufacturing right now! We expect to receive those new parts and assemblies on or around April 17th.... Read more
Video Update Coming Soon!
We have been very busy working to get the Luminodes into all our backers' hands as soon as possible! We have completed the design modifications to the Luminode which we... Read more
The Good News Is...
The good news is that the Luminode now has some nice new packaging and a solid plan to reach production!
The less than good news is that UL testing began... Read more
Luminode Shipment Update
We were hoping that we wouldn't be yet another Kickstarter project that slipped their target ship date, but at this point it has become unavoidable. Please accept our sincere apologies... Read more
Still on Track!
It’s been a little while since our last update and we’d like to give everyone a quick update to let you know that everything is still on track both for... Read more
It's Official!! Luminode Passed FCC!!
Just a super quick update to let everyone know that the Luminode is now FCC certified!
- 50 unit test manufacturing run, already begun
- UL test results expected in... Read more
Still on Track and Now With Delicious Raspberry Pi!
Hello Luminode Supporters!
Although we hoped to have full... Read more
Luminodes Released for Testing!
Lumionode FCC testing began several weeks ago and we have already passed the unintentional emissions portion! We expect to hear any day now about compliance with intentional radio emissions fully... Read more
Think Automatic Shop Open For Business!
If you missed the Luminode Kickstarter campaign and still want your very own T-Shirt, Think Automatic USB flash drive, or even to pre-order the 3 Luminode starter kit with USB... Read more
T-Shirts and Thumb Drives!
As we continue to do the work we need to do to finish the Luminode, we are also delivering on our T-shirts and as a special bonus for all of... Read more
Luminode is on the Home Stretch...
Dear Luminode Supporters,
Less than one day to go and we are almost there! No matter what happens, once the campaign is over all pledged supporters will receive a small... Read more
We were featured on Engadget!
For those of you who missed it, there was a really nice write-up about us on Engadget earlier this week! There was a fairly active discussion in the... Read more
Color options to be available!
Just found out that we will be able to produce a variety of colors for the Luminode! Let us know if you have any requests other than the standard white,... Read more
Tooled sample parts arrived!
Dear Luminode supporters,
We received samples of the tooled parts! The tooled plastic parts are black (just the samples) as you can see in the photo. However, we still need... Read more
Luminode FCC Progress Update
Dear Luminode Supporters,
The Luminodes we sent off for FCC testing came back with a few slightly out of bounds low frequency emissions. I was able to isolate the emissions... Read more
Answering Backer Questions
Thank you Backers!
Since launching on the 5th we’ve received a handful of questions that I’ve answered mostly in direct messages. This morning I took most of those questions and... Read more