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Adding intelligence to everyday things in your world, so that your life can be more awesome.
Adding intelligence to everyday things in your world, so that your life can be more awesome.
5,694 backers pledged $1,209,423 to help bring this project to life.

SmartThings & Instacube are now officially a thing.

We built SmartThings as an open platform, because we knew there would be a world of useful, beautiful and creative products that could be made smarter with SmartThings.

Today, we’re thrilled to announce a unique partnership between two Kickstarter projects - SmartThings and Instacube - that shows the power of this integration and collaboration.

Together, we're making Instacube smart.

We will be working with the creators of Instacube to integrate the SmartThings technology - imagine the possibilities:

  • Elegant, visual notifications for the events in your life that matter most, including someone arriving at your door, your pet leaving, or a reminder that you’ve left the garage door open right before you head to bed - without taking your phone out of your pocket. 
  • A beautiful, touchscreen interface for controlling the physical world around you, such as your lights, doors or air conditioning
  • The presence awareness of SmartThings can drive Instacube to turn on or off and to display the photo stream of the user who is present enabling many intelligent interactions.
  • Integrated SmartApps such as “Morning Routine” that can turn Instacube on as an alarm, get the coffee brewing, and turn on the bathroom lights

If you love SmartThings, please consider backing Instacube.

One last note. We’re thrilled by the 200 makers and developers who have already expressed interest in adding SmartThings into their products, ideas and innovations. We’re so excited about the partnership with Instacube that we want to make sure nobody misses out on the opportunity to work with us. We have expanded our Maker and Developer reward tier to 300. And if we get 300 Maker and Developer backers, we’ll unlock the Maker Mania badge, including a special benefit for makers.

So please spread the word. Everyone benefits if more things in our life become smart.


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    1. SmartThings Creator on September 10, 2012

      Only 44 Maker/Developer Packs to go to reach our next goal! Tell your friends.

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      Cheryl Stearns on September 6, 2012

      This is very exciting! Great application!

    3. CK on September 6, 2012

      Well, tablet can do a lot of things but it doesn't look that beautiful as compare to instacube. I would say it is a nice home decoration with life especially after collaboration with smartThings. Looks like smartThings is going to work with a lot of other KS projects.

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      Paul Wilson on September 6, 2012

      The only reason I didn't pledge more than $20 is the uncertainty of international deliveries. Once I know dates, I'll be back with more :)

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      Steve Zimba on September 6, 2012

      Fantastic, way to go. This is a great combo.

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      on September 5, 2012

      Awesome !! Request: Integration with L8.

    7. Patrick Raymond on September 5, 2012

      I'm wondering if you have any plans to integrate with I think it would open up even more awesome possibilities if you do!!!

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      Dylan on September 5, 2012

      Integrate with SimpliSafe!

    9. Peter Chodyra on September 5, 2012

      It's always good to hear that SmartThings expands its compatibility to other devices. It would be great if Instaqube had a specially priced pledge for SmartThings pledgers and vice versa.

    10. Nick Sakellariou
      on September 5, 2012

      As a backer of both projects since early on, this is one of the most pleasant bonuses I have seen on Kickstarter! Already pledged for two Instacubes and am considering padding my pledge for SmartThings for a few extra sensors, just because of today's announcement. Keep up the great work!

    11. fmotta on September 5, 2012

      Amongst the reasons I had not backed instacube include:
      - Provides one function - one that is not useful to most
      - Relies on one service - one that is not vetted
      - The one service requires that I register/provide more personal information

      @Ikauth From your description I think Twine and CNC Building Blocks may be applying the same "business plan". CNC Building blocks seems to be applying the ADD approach and showing off new stuff he made with our money instead of shipping the rewards. He had to be nagged into giving weak schedules that included more caveats than schedule. But, he did - 3 months late.

    12. Jean-Philippe Encausse on September 5, 2012

      No more early bird for instacube and too expensive at normal price for my usecase.

    13. lk on September 5, 2012

      As a Nokia user, I haven't adopted Instagram or backed the Instacube (although it looked Insta-resting). I like this idea of an integration, but just can't see the point for me, especially with the early birds all taken. Now, if there were a discount associated with backing both, that would make sense. Not sure why that's a problem with Kickstarter, but they seem to be a bit tetchy.

      I am backing the Equiso, which will Android up mah TV. Also the aforementioned L8 and Ubi. And the maybe-we'll-get-it-sometime-before-the-anniversary-of-the-original-delivery-date-or-maybe-they've-taken-our-money-and-run-off-to-Tahiti Twine. Yes, I am pretty much just random tech-spackling my home, largely in an effort to keep tabs on the dog. I love the idea of interconnecting these devices as much as possible. It may be that one of the best (and low-cost) options we could be offered would be a collaborative forum for discussion, app development, etc.

      BTW, for those interested in Equiso, they set up pre-ordering on Amazon, for the same product/ same price as Kickstarter. I'd wait until some reviews are in, though.

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      Thomas Malsbury on September 5, 2012

      Question regarding the Developer & Maker Kit - Is access to the SDK & API going to be available in the future? If so, what would the rough costs be?

      I pledged at the Early Bird level and wanted to test out SmartThings around my house. However if it works as I hope, I might look into building some custom hardware for monitoring and controlling my greenhouse.

      Is it better to secure my access to the SDK & API now?

    15. christos on September 5, 2012

      People who choose smartthings do it because it is practical and useful.
      Personally I have no reason yet to be excited with this collaboration. I expect to announce something better.

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      Michael on September 5, 2012

      iOS support with Instacube?

    17. fmotta on September 5, 2012

      Android tablets are now so inexpensive that they have been making them cheap to lower costs to compete on price.
      When looking at any tablet or like device assess how "black" the screen is. If it is not black or fuzzy looking then the probability is that the 2nd thing the manufacturer reduced cost on is the screen itself since they likely already reduced cost on the GPU and a good screen would have no benefit.

      @Stephanie Clarkson: Yes, I think that any appliance vendor that banks on a service that is proprietary, new, early adoption, ... is making a large risk and that is one of the several reasons I did not back the instacube despite my propensities.

    18. Thiago N on September 5, 2012

      @ Stephanie Clarkson: I agree with you 100%.

    19. Stephanie Clarkson on September 5, 2012

      RobertM: no, but a cheap android tablet will do a few hundred other things as well. Don't get me wrong; if nothing else this makes me happy sine the instacube is Android based, which means that I will definitely getting Android development for the SmartThings; but this seems like...well, kind of like if someone had tied their tech to MySpace. I can completely see why Instacube wants to hook up with SmartThings, because it makes their device much less single purpose. But I don't really see what it brings to SmartThings users, especially at what it a pretty exorbitant cost for the device.

    20. fmotta on September 5, 2012

      Will insta-cube get sued because of its similar shape to something made by Apple?
      I cannot seem to find a use for Insta-cube (seldom do I have pictures I want to see more than a couple times, seldom to I want to see others pictures more than one time, seldom do I desire to stalk others activities via the web). But, evidently my lack of such things is not common.

      But, if the insta-cube had a useful purpose above visual trolling.

    21. SmartThings Creator on September 5, 2012

      Thanks for all your support. We wanted to do some sort of "dual backer" tier but were advised against it due to Kickstarter policies. We hope to have additional integration announcements so stay tuned!

    22. RobertM on September 5, 2012

      @Christopher Swenson, your cheap android tablet doesn't look anywhere near as nice on a coffee table.

    23. J Rey on September 5, 2012

      I think this is VERY cool. Besides the possibilities that are open, it is a pretty cool newsworthy announcement!

    24. Christopher Swenson on September 5, 2012

      Looks like a neat device.... but I can buy a cheap android tablet (under $100) and do the same thing. What am I missing? Serious question.

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      Pat Backen on September 5, 2012

      Brilliant. Can't wait for all the other partnerships SmartThings will spur!

    26. Paul on September 5, 2012

      sold. Keep this integration momentum going! My main fear for this project is that it may go obscure because it won't work with the other similar efforts.

    27. Stephanie Clarkson on September 5, 2012

      I would be really interested in this, because it would be handy to put this in the living room so that my roommates, who will not have my phone or tablet, could control some things. But the cost is too much, in addition to the smart things cost. If you did a reciprocal sponsorship at the $99 level (ie, have you sponsored the other one at any level? then...) I would be in in a heartbeat. But the value just does not seem to be there compared to what I get from you. That does not *feel* like a $200 device.

    28. Eric Schuld on September 5, 2012

      Very cool! Wish I had the funds to nab one of those as well! Might have to add that to my Christmas wish list!

    29. Jeremy Shorr on September 5, 2012

      This is fantastic, but keep the kickstarter partnerships going. I'd really love to see integration with the L8 (display AND a bevy of sensors) and, to a lesser extent, the Ubi computer.

      On a non-kickstarter note, Nest thermostat integration would be amazing as well (again, more sensors + temperature control)