Homey Homey Homey
"Homey, it's f-freezing!"
"I've increased your thermostat to 23 degrees celcius."
While it's freezing outside, we hope that an update from Homey will make you all warm and fuzzy inside :-)
We've made huge progress with the hardware, and it's going great so far! We currently have our prototypes back from the manufacturer (so much thanks to Global Electronics for this!).
They're currently being thoroughly tested. After this, a second revision will be made, and if all goes well, then we can go to mass production!
According to our initial planning, we've made some delay. However, we have calculated these delays and therefore have added a large buffer. So for now, there are no delays for delivery time.
By the way, we are looking for an Embedded Software Engineer. Are you or do you know anyone with experience in C(++), Linux & micro controllers, please send a message to firstname.lastname@example.org.
We'd also like to thank EMC FastPass for providing us with a free & extremely helpful eBook about certification.
We've made huge improvements on the software as well. For example, here's a demo video of the Flow Editor.
The Flow Editor allows you to intuitively tell Homey what to do. In this demo video, we'll tell Homey to announce it's beer o'clock and play some music, but only when we're at home!
The Development Kit for all you developers is also starting to look like something! Most features are already working, even pushing the code to your local Homey.
It took a lot longer to define the API than expected. Next to that, we're still having some issues with protecting the code (we can't just ship Homey's code in plain text, that'll enable copycats to create ripoffs super easily).
Not long from now we want to release the SDK. At first, we'll probably host a few remote Homey's in the cloud that all developers can fiddle with. When we have the security all in order, we're probably going to ship a local Homey simulator with the SDK.
Also on the commercial and business side of things we are working really hard to make Homey a great success. For starters, we are meeting up with partner companies that produce devices that complement Homey well in order to work together on the support of those devices. We are working close with a few of these companies, including Fibaro, which has sent us a bunch of samples and support to make sure everything works seamlessly.
At the same time, talks with retail outlets are getting more serious as we progress. Of course, this is not a linear process, and the moment Homey is mass produced will kickstart the negotiations, but staying in touch with the major retail outlets will fasten this process.
To make this all possible, we are working on an investment round which will make Homey even more awesome for everyone. We are now in a time that talks with possible Angel and Venture investors become more concrete. The upcoming investment will mostly be used to scale up production, so that more people can get the Homey experience when we launch.
To provide more exposure, we are also staying in touch with the contacts at media outlets that we have. We are glad to announce that we are chosen as the GameChanger 2014 of the national radio BNR and the Dutch Financial Times, with a 5000 euros prize in advertising value. Also, we are very happy to be one of the few select items on the tweakers.net whish list in the category ‘Smart Home’.
All-in-all, we are very busy building both the product and the company. This way, we can not only deliver you your Kickstarter Homeys, but also be able to continue from there and launch full into retail, reaching many more people, and expanding our community.
That was it. Until next time!