Yes. Snow flakes develop somewhere above the freezing level where the air temperature is less than 32°F(0°C). BloomSky outdoor module operates within temperature range from -13 °F to 149 °F (-25 °C to 65 °C). The module with its 5 sensors has self-protection built in to withstand temperature beyond operating temperature range and recovers as the device warms up.
In addition to the current BloomSky outdoor module, our engineering team has already been looking into prototypes and production of the wind sensor. In our stretching goal of 100,000, we will be releasing wind monitoring sensor as accessory in early 2016.
Yes. We will be conducting our very first beta-test in August 2014 in San Francisco. Meanwhile, our engineering team is currently testing system compatibility with smart home integration (eg, smartthings, nest, homekits, etc). Open API will be available after the beta-test towards the end of the year.
BloomSky is inspired by a successful crowdsourcing platform for traffic called "waze" (which is quite popular in US). Likewise, BloomSky will not be a paid service. We are looking forward to creating and building our initial network via kickstarter community, in targeting to provide hyperlocal weather data that would eventually benefit everyone (including those who does not own a module). Your contribution is not only in helping us getting into mass production to low the overall retail price, but also becoming the earlybird reporter who provides reliable and real time weather data in your country, in your neighborhood. We are really grateful to have you becoming part of the network.