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What is BEMO° ?

BEMO° transforms android, iphone and iOS devices into a smart thermostat alternative and energy management brain center. 

BEMO° uses android or iPhone to completely replace your thermostat with a more powerful device that will save you money using devices you own and are already familiar with.



Regular thermostats are boring. You want a device that automatically turns your cooling or heating up (or down) when you are away from home so you save money and reduce your monthly utility bills.

You want a familiar, easy to use, high definition touch screen interface based on Andriod or iOS. Why pay $300 for another piece of technology that doesn't even have a touch screen HD display when you likely have 1 or 2 old smartphones already lying around your house.

You want a home control system that you can operate remotely even when there is no internet or your internet is down. Maybe you have a cabin where you don't get internet or you have a business or manufacturing facility you need to monitor? Why not leverage cellular and SMS connectivity to ensure you always have access to your home (or office or business) so you can monitor all important functions from anywhere.

Now you have something that does all that and more!!!

BEMO° does all this and more.



Smartphone Transformation
How Does It work?

BEMO° connects to your existing A/C and heating system completely replacing your single purpose thermostat. It provides the hardware, software and connectivity needed to transform your old smartphone into a revolutionary smart home system and smart thermostat alternative using technology you already OWN and understand.

Some say it's the android of smart thermostats or the Firefox of smart home automation because the software we use is public and open source. It provides a community driven set of features running on a global platform that can scale to the 1.6 billion smartphones already in existence.

We are pursuing this vision to ensure that everyone has access to money saving, intuitive, eco-friendly technology that provides trust and safety while also saving you time and $$.

 If you have a home office or business with multiple A/C units you can control them all from one location.

Easily switch themes. Gold (below) and black are finalized.  Send us your theme ideas!!

Easy To Understand - Even Easier to Install
You can think of BEMO° as a replacement for your smart (or dumb) thermostat. BEMO° is connected to your HVAC wires coming out from the wall. Your android or iOS smartphone is then connected to BEMO° with a USB wire and our universal mounting system. BEMO° uses the power from your 24v  HVAC lines to charge your host device. At the same time BEMO° is fitted with 8 switches along with a temperature and humidity sensor so it functions exactly like your typical thermostat but its a whole lot more!

REWARDS:

BUNDLE vs. USE YOUR OWN DEVICE

Device and APP

Is it for me?

24v HVAC Systems:
Our initial production device is designed for central HVAC systems using traditional in wall thermostats. These are the 24 volt systems most prevalent in the United States. The initial language supported within the app and user interface will be English.

If you would like to assist with localization of the app or localization of the user interface, please click here and sign up.

240v UK Systems:
We are currently developing our system for the UK. If you are in the United Kingdom please support our efforts by selecting the UK reward button.

Awesome Features:

Had a long day at work? Now you can listen to music when you get home.... automatically.

Did you know you can save money on your heating and cooling? For example, our proximity based economy mode can turn your heating / cooling up or down automatically whenever you are far from home:

Create and share beautiful HD themes for your home, business or tech office!

Here's a bunch of other cool features. It might not be as cool as the coolest cooler but it's still pretty cool. 

  • Energy Monitoring
  • Alerts you if something is broken
  • Free lifetime software upgrades

The Evolution of BEMO°

One of our co-founders updated his smartphone and found himself tossing it in the drawer with the rest of the retired electronics. After thinking for a moment, he suddenly realized that the phone could actually be modified and changed to do other things.  This was birth of a new idea we call "smart phone transformation". Originally we looked at revolutionizing the world of thermostats by transforming the smartphone in a smart thermostat but working through various iterations of the product it became clear that the utility of this idea extends far beyond the world of thermostats. That's when we set our vision to transforming smartphones & tablets, leveraging their capabilities to act as a smart thermostat alternative that we can grow into a home automation command center and smart hub (internet of things) device. 


Design wise, one of our earliest ideas was to create an inline device that would be hidden inside a wall cavity. This would allow the smart phone to be mounted flush to the wall.  Unfortunately, in testing this concept, we encountered lots of problems such as heat and getting the temp sensor readings correct. We also encountered installation issues in homes where people had steel or concrete walls. We then moved to a more traditional wall mounted system that you see here today.  This system uses a Swiss made temperature sensor and traditional PCBs. Our current prototypes (built by hand) are roughly 12mm thick with the 3D printed housings. We have a target thickness of 8-9mm at scale when miniaturization is complete. Give us a buzz if you are skilled at miniaturization and we'll make you famo.us (maybe)

Our Custom Cables

Transformed S4 Mini

Development Status
We already have a basic working android app. The initial hardware, software and firmware is operational with basic functionality. Our custom cables for android devices are also complete but we need the tooling for the plastic covers. On the software side, we communicate from android to our device via a wired connection that also keeps the phone charged 24/7/365. We send commands over the internet to android which then talks to BEMO°. Currently, we can also send command and control instructions (such as desired changes in temperature setpoint) via SMS which is pretty cool if you think about applications in industry or remote locations. SMS can be leveraged as both a "fallback" communication method or in areas where wi-fi might be unstable or non-existent. For example, if your internet goes out or your wireless router stops working, this will not stop you from connecting with BEMO°.  And for your trust and safety, you'll also always be able to make emergency 911 calls which other smart hubs and smart thermostats can't currently do (as far as we know). Here's a brief video that shows one of our working prototypes:

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The Story

What's next?

With your support, we can complete miniaturization of the existing working prototypes and continue the design and refinement of the product housing. We also need the tooling for our cables and such. The android app will be developed in more detail and we need to build out the back end so you can connect to your smart home system using other phones or computers. We also need to establish the community driven framework and API for third party skins and themes. If someone sends me a dribbble invite I'll put up the PSDs for the existing UIs so you can improve upon our work and suggest alternative looks as we grow.

We want you to have your  BEMO° smart home system as soon as possible. Here’s our plan to achieve that:

  • November/December: Make lots of new Kickstarter friends, execute manufacturing agreements/standards
  • March:Finalize the hardware engineering and prototype iterations and place the tooling orders
  • April:  Tooling build-out and procurement of raw materials and components
  • April/May: Part qualification and pre-production builds, pilot production, quality assurance and product validation
  • June/July: Finalize the assembly and shipment process and begin fulfillment

The Team

The core BEMO° team:

  • Omer Malik: Co-Founder. 9+ years of IT and engineering. BS in Computer Science ++ Masters in Computer Science, UofA.
  • Jeff Balzer: Co-Founder. 15+ years hands on design, development and business operations. BS in Finance - W. P. Carey School of Business, ASU. Open source and EFF advocate.
  • Farhad Ghayour: UI/UX and SEO practitioner, Hack Reactor graduate, ASU graduate
  • Bob Hayes: Legal and IP, Georgia Tech, USAF

Our core team and contributors include Sr. Paypal engineers and designers with backgrounds in design, electronics and information technology . For more information about us, visit http://www.bemo.io


What's in the box?

BEMO° transformation hardware, wall mount, cable, welcome guide, mounting screws and BEMO° love


Thank You :: Merci

Awesome thanks to Katie, David (Dave), Thea, Farad, Duke, Sadie, Amber & Tony Calvis. Thanks to all our family and friends for their help and support. No one ever mentions it but thanks also to Craig Newmark for keeping CL free.

Special thanks to my son for sharing his Minecraft work and excitement. Had I NOT spent endless hours getting the 'ether mod' to actually function (!#!@), I would have never seen the true power of the community and BEMO° would be something different than what you see here today. Thanks little buddy.


Any questions? 

Send us an email: support@bemo.io
Email hours: (Mon-Fri) 9am-4pm MST


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Risks and challenges

MANUFACTURING at SCALE:
Creating the tooling to manufacture consumer electronics is expensive and requires expert knowledge to get it right. We're working with tooling manufacturers partners locally and abroad to ensure you get the highest quality product and best value for your money.

PRODUCT ADJUSTMENTS:
As BEMO° gets geared up for production, there will be some minor adjustments to improve the final product. Pre-production prototypes are made to test and refine the product and allow us to incorporate our adjustments and those suggested by experienced manufacturing partners. These will always be for the benefit of you, the consumer, and we will let you know exactly how and why any changes are made. If you don't like our changes, we'll refund your pledge no problem.

DESIGN:
We've iterated BEMO°'s hardware and PCB design multiple times. We expect to have 2 more design iterations before going into mass production.

ELECTRONICS:
We've chosen the highest quality components including our Swiss made temperature and humidly sensor, solid state TRIACs and relays. Sometimes things go awry that can’t be planned for: a supplier misses a deadline, a machine breaks down, or a shipment gets lost. Those things could cause a delay.

APPLE TRANSFORMATION DEVICES:
Apple locks down their lightning wire and doesn't have a standard USB / micro USB wire like android. Therefore, BEMO° devices needed to transform your OLD Apple iOS hardware (old iPhones and iPads) will trail Android by approximately 4 months. We offer a bundle that comes with a new android based smart device plus BEMO° to make your purchase decision and installation easy and convenient.

PATENTS:
We have filed for multiple patents for the transformation of smart devices as well as various aspects of our hardware and software. Provisional patents also apply to other transformation functionality which we may do separate crowd funding for.

YOUR FEEDBACK:
We are thrilled to receive your feedback and support in achieving our goal. Select a reward and be part of the BEMO° revolution.

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    SUPPORT OPEN SOURCE TECHNOLOGY: Did you know that everything from Mac OS X to Apple iOS to Facebook to Craigslist were built using open source software? We need your support. We want to create a similar system for the transformation and reuse of your smart devices. You'll receive our updates about BEMO° as well as future plans and products via email.

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    NO ADS IN APPLIANCES: Back BEMO to help stop companies from putting ads in your thermostat or home appliances. View http://bit.ly/1jVTO9L for more details. You'll receive our updates about BEMO° as well as future plans and products via email.

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    THE BEMO° ULTRA THIN USB CREDIT CARD DRIVE: Thanks! You'll receive a very slim and awesome compact 8GB USB. BACKERS to VOTE for final design!

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    UK FOUNDERS CLUB: Welcome to the club! Get sneak-peek product updates for the UK and a big price break on our early UK prototypes. (includes 8GB credit card drive above)

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    CRAZY EARLY • WHITE: The BEMO° crazy early prototype in WHITE.

    This is our pre-production final prototype run and is limited to 99 units in white finish only.

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    FIRST PRODUCTION RUN • WHITE: The BEMO° first production run in WHITE.
    Device only ++ install kit ++ free app (use your own android or iOS device)

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    FIRST PROUCTION RUN • BLACK: The BEMO° first production run in BLACK.
    Device only ++ install kit ++ free app (use your own android or iOS device)

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    NO HASSLE BUNDLE WITH NEW PHONE!: One (1) new android phone, one (1) BEMO°, install kit, free app in WHITE ONLY

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    DEVELOPER PACKAGE: Get a head start developing for BEMO°s open source community. We will hand build your units before we fulfill our kickstarter batch next year. These devices will be hand assembled and reflowed (not pick and place). You will be given access to BEMO°s core smartphone app. You will have direct access to BEMO°s core team to get any questions answered 1-1.

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    PARTNERS: Read FAQ and let's talk.

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    BEMO° co-founder (honorary)
    Your name (or company) will be an honorary member named on our masthead and you are welcome to provide other support (knowledge, advice, help, design, etc...).

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