Kickstarter on June 20th! (VIDEO UPDATE)
As we mentioned in our last post, we are very close to launching the hub that's based on an open source platform. But that's not all, we have an even bigger product that also includes hub functionality at it’s core.
To launch these two versions of the hub, we will be coming back to Kickstarter and we are super excited. Kickstarter has provided us an awesome way to co-develop the hub and next product together with you guys.
We are really excited to show you the new devices, and we will be giving you a sneak peak in a few days - however, first we wanted to give a quick update on the progress and go over the launch process so far.
Open Source Hub
One of the key learnings making Nuimo and researching smart home devices is that we believe smart home should be open.
After months of intensive research and checking different platforms, we’re happy to announce that we’re building our hub on an open source smart home platform called Home Assistant. Home Assistant already has more than 300 integration, 500 contributors and a 2 week release cycle for updates. The Senic team is also contributing to this project and will be building on top of this code base for the hub. We hope that our contributions will help further the community and the project - and that some of you who are developers will also contribute.
The hub not only creates a more stable connection for Nuimo but will also come with a few completely new features like home automation. For example, every morning at 7am, you can have your Philips Hue and Sonos turn on in order to start your day in the best way possible. The perfect alarm clock. Home Assistant also allows us to trigger other services like IFFFT. A lot of the features will be there from the beginning. Other will be updated over time. We will work on a little estimation on release dates.
Home Assistant is a tool for developers. By integrating it with our hardware, we wanted to make it accessible to anyone without coding. To do that, we will use Home Assistant as the basis for our code and build on top of it. You can also run Home Assistant on open-source hardware like a Raspberry Pi, however our hub will be specifically designed for the requirements of smart home and optimized for your needs. We designed the electronics which are specialized to work with focus on speed, reliability, constant updates and security.
On the software side, we will pull in integrations from Home Assistant one by one, check for quality and add improvements to make them reliable and fast for our backers. This still takes engineering work but will be much faster than doing everything from scratch. If you are a developer and are interested in learning more about the software decisions for the hub, let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Vote For What Comes First!
Nuimo was built with the help of your feedback from the start and we will continue to do so. One way you can help is to tell us your most important integrations for the launch. We need your feedback to create a list of prioritization. We will be launching with your most requested integrations first and working down the list. Take our 1 minute survey here.
Kickstarter Campaign on June 20th!!!
We want to deliver you the best Nuimo experience as quickly as possible. The electronics for the small hub are done and in certification process. We want to ship this version of the hub to you by the end of summer and as cheaply as we can afford. The small hub will launch to you guys via a Kickstarter campaign on June 20th - we do this to make sure that you get the earliest access and the best possible price.
BUT - that's not all, this brings us to our next big announcement. The Senic hub will come in 2 versions, the one we have been discussing - and an even more exciting version 2. The Kickstarter campaign will be mostly focused on version 2. You will be able to use version 1 (the small black version, pictured above) of our hub or you can choose to back version 2 which will ship later on.
We will reveal version 2 in an exclusive preview only to our backers in a few days. We have made sure that one of the driving factors for version 2 grew out of feedback directly from you. We heard from hundreds of you is that what's really important for smart home is design - and making sure we build things you actually want to have in your home.
We also learned that, while we all love technology - it should be implemented in a way that is natural and blends into the background. That’s why we decided to integrate our hub not only into the small box (version 1) but also into a beautiful piece of interior design with a lot of additional features (version 2). What we can tell you is that version 2 will have speech capability and will drive the thought of an open eco-system even further. It doesn't require any other devices to add a smart home experience to your home and works with Nuimo.
All of this flows back into our mission to make technology that doesn’t suck our attention but that is designed for human well-being. You’ve already made a huge impact on this mission. You are the reason Nuimo was made. You are the reason why press and product designers started discussing that it is important to create more natural technology.
With the Hub, we’re making the next big step and show the world what happens when people demand technology that should be designed with people at the center.
Thanks so much!
Tobias and Team Senic