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CA$ 21,785
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Funding Canceled
Funding for this project was canceled by the project creator on Oct 21 2014
Last updated December 7, 2014

Caleo - The line-voltage smart thermostat (Canceled)

Contralize - Control - Optimize. The first baseboard-friendly energy-management thermostat. Your connected home just got warm and cozy.

Caleo - The line-voltage smart thermostat (Canceled)

Contralize - Control - Optimize. The first baseboard-friendly energy-management thermostat. Your connected home just got warm and cozy.

CA$ 21,785
pledged of CA$ 100,000pledged of CA$ 100,000 goal
87
backers
Funding Canceled
Funding for this project was canceled by the project creator on Oct 21 2014
Last updated December 7, 2014

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Our progress :

Hardware : Caleo's BoM is now complete and procurement has been secured. The two overseas component - the touch LCD display and the injection-molded casing - have been validated and the suppliers have been visited and cleared by us. Certification to UL and cUL standards is underway, with preliminary evaluation being given a green light. Final certification is pending reception of the first injection-molded casings as the standards bear heavy requirements on it.

Software : Our software development has a few sides : the mobile app is essentially required for device configuration and provisioning. That work is complete and validated under Android. Work will begin on iOS at the end of the campaign, as this is one of our funding objectives. The website that manages our backend is now under works and will be paired to our corporate/online store as soon as it's ready. Meanwhile the backend itself that manages device connections, commands and reports is fully functional and undergoing extensive testing.

Our objectives :

While CaSA has managed to fund itself up to now, the last push we need to launch commercialization will come from the Kickstarter community. Product launch implies a ton of extra and unforeseen expenses and the last thing we want is to fall short on expectations. While this campaign will bring some much needed cash, it will also be the launch pad for Caleo to reach a critical mass and become a real Demand-Response asset.

Some of the practical aspects of this funding campaign are :

- porting our Android app to iOS

- developing commercial APIs for Demand-Response softwares, as this is part of our revenue strategy to keep Caleo at a rock-bottom price.

- integration of multiple features currently on backlog for budget reasons.

These will be discussed more thoroughly during the campaign as we will prioritize them according to our funding progress. Stay tuned !

Our schedule :

Since we manufacture Caleo entirely in Canada, we're very much in control of what happens when and where. Our time frame currently has us shipping Caleo's by December for our backers, then in January to the general public.

As of the launch of the campaign, we have no reason to put this objective in doubt. We will keep a weekly watch on our progress and report back if that changes.

Our deal :

Caleo will likely sell for 149$ CAD when it will become available to the greater public. What we're offering to the Kickstarter community is the chance to outfit your whole house or apartment for a fraction of what it's likely to cost down the line. Do the math, we think you'll be pleasantly surprised...

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Nos progrès :

Matériel: Le BoM de Caleo est maintenant complet et validé. L'approvisionnement en composantes est sécurisé et nous avons personnellement visité et validé les deux seuls fournisseurs outremer, soit l'écran tactile et le boitier de plastique. Le processus de certification UL et cUL est enclenché et l'évaluation préliminaire à reçu un feu vert. Les travaux de certification finaux sont en attente de la réception d'un boîtier de plastique puisque de nombreuses clauses des standard s'appliquent à celui-ci.

Logiciel : Notre développement logiciel couvre plusieurs aspects: l'application mobile est tout d'abord nécessaire pour la configuration initiale des équipements. L'appli est complète et validée sous Android et nous anticipons commencer le travail sous iOS dès la fin de la campagne. Le portail web qui contrôle l'engin d'agrégation va être couplé à notre site web transactionnel dès qu'il sera terminé. L'engin lui-même est prêt et fonctionnel et subit actuellement une série de tests.

Nos objectifs :

CaSA a réussie à se financer jusqu'ici, mais cette dernière ligne droite vers la commercialisation va nécessiter un effort supplémentaire, que nous espérons obtenir de la communauté Kickstarter. Le lancement d'un produit implique des tonnes de travail et de dépenses plus ou moins prévues, et la dernière chose que nous voulons est un produit qui souffre de compromis et déçoit les attentes. Si cette campagne va nous apporter des fonds nécessaires aux opérations, ce sera aussi le point de lancement de Caleo, pour que celui-ci atteigne la masse critique nécessaire à en faire un outil de réponse à la demande précieux.

Quelques aspects pratiques de notre campagne de financement :

- Adapter notre application Android vers iOS

- Développer des APIs compatibles avec les principaux logiciels de gestion de la demande, puisqu'il s'agit d'un aspect important de nos revenus qui permettent de garder Caleo à des coûts très compétitif.

- Intégrer de nombreuses fonctionnalités actuellement sur la glace pour des raisons budgétaires.

Nous discuterons de ces aspects au long de la campagne puisque nous allons dvroir lees prioriser. Restez à l'écoute !

Notre calendrier :

Comme nous fabriquons Caleo entièrement au Canada, nous avons un excellent contrôle sur les échéanciers.Notre calendrier de déploiement actuel nous voit commencer les expéditions de Caleo vers le mois de décembre pour nos supporters de Kickstarter et vers le mois de janvier pour le public en général.

Notre offre :

Caleo aura vraisemblablement un prix de détail de149$ CAD au moment de son lancement. Ce que nous offrons à la communauté Kickstarter, c'est la chance de pouvoir équiper votre maison ou votre appartement à un fraction du prix de détail. Faites le calcul, vous serez agréablement surpris...

Risks and challenges

While the certification process is always the tricky part of creating an electrical appliance, we feel our engineering has managed to come up with a circuit that meets or exceeds all current requirements. But as always, we'll have to complete the process to know for sure...

Manufacturing is a world of it's own, where things tend to happen in reverse order of what you planned. As we keep all manufacturing in Quebec, we feel we have an extra grip on things as we can react much quicker to procurement and production mishaps than overseas. Our enclosure is the only custom part being made across the pond, so we do have an Achille's heel in our procurement process.
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La certifications aux standards en vigueur est toujours la partie compliquée d'un nouvel équipement électrique. Nous sommes cependant confiant d'avoir développé un produit qui s'astreint rigoureusement à la règlementation et qui ne devrait faire aucune vague lors de son évaluation finale. Bien sûr, nous n'en serons certains que lorsque ce sera complété...

L’environnement manufacturier est un univers en soit, dans lequel les choses se passent souvent à l'envers de ce qui était prévu... Comme nous avons choisi de fabriquer ici au Québec, nous gardons un contrôle inégalé sur la production et sa qualité. Seul le boitier est moulé à l'étranger ce qui signifie que nous avons tout de même un talon d'Achille dans notre stratégie d’approvisionnement.

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    THE BACKER : You think our idea rocks ? Short of becoming actual users, this is the best way to help us reach our goal. You'll be kept in the loop of all future developments ahead of everyone else and you'll get your name on our Webwall of Fame | L'ENCOURAGEMENT : Vous trouvez que c'est une bonne idée ? À part en acheter, c'est le meilleur moyen de nous donner un coup de main. Vous serez prévenu des développements futurs en premiers et en exclusivité en plus d'avoir votre noms sur notre site.

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    THE USB KEY: The practical way to pledge for us. You'll get the CaSA usb key and the early birds will get the chance to pick their favorite color ! Yes we ship anywhere in the world but cost may vary |
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    MAKE A STATEMENT: Tell the world that you are "all in" with the company by showing off in our CaSA T-Shirt. Yes we ship anywhere in the world but cost may vary |
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    THE LOFT : One (1) Caleo unit with full access to the web interface and the Android app - shipping included in Canada. | LE LOFT : Un (1) thermostat Caleo avec accès complet à la plate-forme web et l'app Android - expédition incluse partout au Canada.

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    THE BACHELOR : Two (2) Caleo units with full access to the web interface and the Android app - shipping included in Canada. | LE BACHELOR : Deux (2) thermostats Caleo avec accès complet à la plate-forme web et l'app Android - expédition incluse partout au Canada.

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    THE APPARTMENT : Three (3) Caleo units with full access to the web interface and the Android app - shipping included in Canada. | L'APPART : Trois (3) thermostats Caleo avec accès complet à la plate-forme web et l'app Android - expédition incluse partout au Canada.

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    THE CONDO : Four (4) Caleo units with full access to the web interface and the mobile app - shipping included in Canada. | LE CONDO : Quatre (4) thermostats Caleo avec accès complet à la plate-forme web et l'app mobile - expédition incluse partout au Canada.

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    THE BUNGALOW : Five (5) Caleo units with full access to the web interface and the Android app - shipping included in Canada. | LE BUNGALOW: Cinq (5) thermostats Caleo avec accès complet à la plate-forme web et l'app Android - expédition incluse partout au Canada.

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    THE MANSION : Six (6) Caleo units with full access to the web interface and the mobile app - shipping included in Canada. | LA GROSSE CABANE : Six (6) thermostats Caleo avec accès complet à la plate-forme web et l'app mobile - expédition incluse partout au Canada.

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    THE MANSION + 1 : Same as THE MANSION above, but with a seventh (7) device. | Comme LA GROSSE CABANE, mais avec une septième (7) unité

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    THE MANSION + 2 : Same as THE MANSION above, but with two additional devices, for a total of eight (8) | Comme LA GROSSE CABANE, mais avec 2 Caleo de plus, pour un total de huit (8)

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    THE MANSION + 3 : Same as THE MANSION above, but with three additional devices, for a total of nine (9) | Comme LA GROSSE CABANE , mais avec 3 Caleo de plus, pour un total de neuf (9) unités

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    THE MANSION + 4 : Same as THE MANSION above, but with four additional devices, for a total of ten (10) | Comme LA GROSSE CABANE, mais avec 4 Caleo de plus, pour un total de dix (10)

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    THE HALF SHEBANG : We'll take you out to the Bromont factory using one of the founder's Mooney M20C. You sit in the copilot seat, you visit the factory in Bromont and we take you out to lunch with the whole team. You end the day by choosing your own 5 Caleos. *Weather permitting *Departs from Beloeil, St-Hubert, Mascouche, Mirabel, St-Hyacinthe, Sherbrooke. | LA PETITE PATENTE : On vous emmenène visiter l'usine de Bromont à bord de notre Mooney M20C. Vous avez le siège du copilote, vous visitez l'usine et on vous emmène au lunch avec toute l'équipe. Pour finir, vous choisissez vos 5 Caleos ! *en fonction de la météo *départ de Beloeil, St-Hubert, Mascouche, Mirabel, St-Hyacinthe, Sherbrooke.

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    THE WHOLE SHEBANG : We fly you to Montreal, where you'll visit our manufacturing plant. You pick your own 15 Caleo units of the assembly line, and we'll fly back with you to install and program them ! Get this unique chance to be part of the excitment of the launch of the product in the company of the founders ! We don't care where you're from or how far, but if you need a visa for Canada that's your job | LA GROSSE PATENTE : On vous paie l'avion jusqu'à Montréal où vous pourrez visiter notre usine et choisir vos 15 thermostats Caleo, avant tout le monde. On va ensuite chez vous les installer et les programmer ! Profitez de cette chance unique d'être assis aux première loges du lancement d'un produit en compagnie des fondateurs ! Peu importe d'où vous venez, s'il vous faut un visa pour entrer au Canada ce sera votre responsabilité.

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    THE LOFT : One (1) Caleo unit with full access to the web interface and the Android app - shipping included in Canada. | LE LOFT : Un (1) thermostat Caleo avec accès complet à la plate-forme web et l'app Android - expédition incluse partout au Canada.

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    THE APPARTMENT : Three (3) Caleo units with full access to the web interface and the Android app - shipping included in Canada. | L'APPART : Trois (3) thermostats Caleo avec accès complet à la plate-forme web et l'app Android - expédition incluse partout au Canada.

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    THE BUNGALOW : Five (5) Caleo units with full access to the web interface and the Android app - shipping included in Canada. | LE BUNGALOW: Cinq (5) thermostats Caleo avec accès complet à la plate-forme web et l'app Android - expédition incluse partout au Canada.

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