Update 11: Candles, Rewards and Hacker News
Hello and a great big thank you to all of our nearly 1,800 backers. In this week you’ve helped us across the threshold to over $220,000 - 32% of the way to our goal! Yes, yes, we’ve still quite some distance to travel, but Kickstarter campaigns tend to close big, and the number and dollar amount of contributions over the last few days has ticked upward noticeably. We believe we can make the goal - and we’re asking for your help to make it happen.
Before you do anything else, click on this link, which will take you to a post on our blog, asking you to vote up a posting on Hacker News. Hacker News is a site where geeks share links to the interesting things they’ve found online. If they like something they find on the site, they vote it up so that others can find it. Many thousands of people read Hacker News every day - it’s great exposure -- if you can get onto the front page.
To get onto the front page, we need your help. If you have a Hacker News account, please go to the site and vote up our post. The more votes we get, the more likely we are to get onto the front page, get noticed by lots of geeks, and get backers. This is a simple and quick way that you can contribute to our success, so please, do it now.
We’ve also updated our Kickstarter page, adding a lot of the videos we’ve been creating lately, and touting our development partnership with Atlassian, who last month wrote a plug in for their Bamboo continuous build & integration system, demonstrating that the Light by Moore’sCloud is no one-trick pony, but has broad applications both at home and in the office.
We’ve also added six new reward levels designed to satisfy every geek, hacker and Maker out in Kickstarter-land:
LIGHT BOTH WAYS $249
One mains-powered and one battery-powered LIGHT, a t-shirt, and we’ll even throw in a keychain just to express our appreciation. Plus our eternal gratitude.
LIGHT DINNER $350
One mains-powered and one battery-powered LIGHT, a t-shirt, a keychain, and dinner at a local pub in Sydney, where you’ll be able to meet the Moore’sCloud team and hear them praise your generosity in person! (Transportation to Sydney not included.)
LIGHT PROGRAMMING $499
One battery-powered LIGHT plus a half-day tutorial & workshop on the software supporting the Light, taught by inventor Mark Pesce, hardware designer Kean Maizels, and platform software engineer Breton Slivka. (Don’t worry if you can’t make it to Sydney for the class - you can beam in via Google+ Hangouts.)
LIGHT HACKING $799
One battery-powered LIGHT plus a half-day tutorial & workshop on the software supporting the Light, taught by inventor Mark Pesce, hardware designer Kean Maizels, and platform software engineer Breton Slivka, plus another half-day tutorial and workshop, led by Kean Maizels, on the hardware design of the Light. Learn from our hardware engineer how to hack the Light for your own needs! (Don’t worry if you can’t make it to Sydney for the classes - you can beam in via Google+ Hangouts.)
NAKED LIGHT $899
One ‘naked’ (without translucent plastic shell) battery-powered LIGHT - five months before anyone else! It may not be pretty, but it is open, hackable, and available months earlier than the Light. Hand-assembled by our wizard of hardware, Kean Maizels. Get your hands on our Light before it goes into mass production! (We’ll throw in a t-shirt and keychain, too.)
If you’re wondering what a NAKED LIGHT will look like, here’s a photo of our latest prototype:
LIGHT CONSULTING $999
One battery-powered LIGHT plus four hours of private consulting on all things Light with inventor Mark Pesce, hardware engineer Kean Maizels, or platform software engineer Breton Slivka. (Don’t worry if you can’t make it to Sydney for the consulting - we can work via Skype or telephone or any other method you’d like.)
Finally, yesterday we released a one-minute video which compares the Light by Moore’sCloud with a wax candle. What we learned might surprise you.
In the next few days we’ll be releasing a video that demonstrates each of our 13 Light applications - perfect when someone asks you, ‘But what’s it good for?’ These are just the beginning of what will eventually be thousands of applications written for the Light. As always, all the source code for all these applications is already available on our developer website.