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Adding intelligence to everyday things in your world, so that your life can be more awesome.
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SmartThings in 3D: Design, Developers, Deadline

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Hello backers! What an exciting ride we’re on together! With only 40 hours left to back us on Kickstarter, let’s take a look at SmartThings... in 3D! 


Getting the design of SmartThings right is super important to driving adoption and success for the platform... The physical design of the SmartThings hub and individual Things. SmartApps. The SmartThings mobile apps. The SmartThings support experience. And even our plans for packaging and marketing SmartThings so people “get it” immediately and can get started quickly. Across all of these things and more, we’re designing SmartThings to “just work” in every way. And along the way, we will share that process with you!

The SmartThings Hub and SmartTag
We have iterated the SmartThings Hub design a lot over the last weeks and months to arrive at what you see now. A ton of attention has been paid to the details and it is undergoing certification testing. Now, we can start to have a little fun - and explore color and finish with our injection molding partners!

We’ve always planned to to have a Presence Sensor, but thanks to your support this simple sensor has become the awesome SmartTag. It senses Presence, Motion, Vibration, Angle and Temperature - all in one tiny package. You can see some recent designs of the SmartTag in the image above.

SmartThings Motion Sensor
Most motion sensors are bulky and not at all attractive, but they don’t have to be! Here’s an early look at a design for our own custom SmartThings Motion Sensor. We expect to offer different colors (and at least, white!) of the Motion Sensor so it will blend into your decor.


Great news! We’ve ripped past the 400 Developer & Maker pledge goal, and as a result, all Developer & Maker backers are receiving a bonus Thing in their SmartThings Pack. Congratulations! But don’t forget that there’s another bonus Thing to be unlocked at 500 pledges. Only 53 to go.

Also, we posted the SmartApps Developer Overview to It includes a lot of details for those of you hungry for knowledge and code samples, including: 

  • Specific capabilities of SmartApps 
  • Details and examples of SMART - our SmartApp programming language
  • The SmartThings REST API approach 
  • SmartApp Security at a glance
  • What’s in the SmartApps SDK, and more 

This information will evolve and expand quickly, so please visit and provide your email address to receive maker and developer updates. 


There are only 40 hours left to encourage your friends, family, co-workers and pets to pledge and back SmartThings on Kickstarter! We really appreciate all you’re doing to help us reach and exceed our goals, so please keep spreading the word. Time is running out.

Thanks for your support!

The SmartThings Team

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    1. Missing avatar

      Chris B on September 22, 2012

      Would it be possible to make my dumb Garage Door opener smart?

      I've seen commercials for one company that has a garage door opener that you can control via your smartphone, but I'd rather not spend the money to replace a perfectly good garage door opener, just to for this. I'm trying to figure out if there is a way using SmartThings to make my stupid opener a smart one.

      Obviously and properly rigged open/closed sensor would allow me to see if it's open or not, but closing or opening it remotely is another story. Ideally I'd want a "smart switch" that would sit along side my button in the garage that I can push to open/close the garage. And when the Hub sends a command it just momentarily completes the circuits, thus opening or closing the garage door. But I don't think there is a SmartThing that does that.

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      Chris B on September 22, 2012

      As of right now, I think believe that four SmartThings have been discussed as being available when the packs are ready to ship: SmartOutlets, SmartTags, Motion Sensors, and Open/Closed Sensors. Is this accurate?

      I know people have suggested a lot of other things and you've hinted or indicated that these are in the pile line, but mostly likely don't be ready for initial launch, right?

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      Scott on September 22, 2012

      Guys, I was charged $199 when I changed my pledge to $174. Please resolve. Looking forward to making my world smarter. Great work. Thanks.

    4. Nicholas on September 21, 2012

      @SmartThings - thanks for clarifying the subscription part in ur earlier post.
      Would like to know some basic stuff like:
      How would I be able to control my ceiling lights that's operated by a switch? Or does it currently only work with those that can plug into the power adapters?
      How would I be able to pipe in music to certain rooms?
      Would Things be able to 'communicate' with each other? Ie temp sensors detects over a certain temp and turns on aircon

    5. SmartThings Creator on September 21, 2012

      HI all - Just to clear up the confusion on the Bonus SmartTag for the DOUBLE PACK. The Double Pack will get 2 Bonus SmartTags. We reached out goal of $1M and each PACK gets the extra SmartTag.

      @Chris Johnston - thanks that is a 100% accurate assessment.

      @Rince - the Dev/Makers are getting the Extra SmartTag same as everyone as well as 2 EXTRA Things when we fill up the remaining 9 slot!

      @Leif - Caleb is right - you could consider opening another Amazon account. We know that is annoying.

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      Barbara Hanlon on September 21, 2012

      I also am happy to support this project. Just put in another $35 for an outlet. Also can't wait to see how this interfaces with my UBI when that project ships. I may have to go to rehab for an addiction to great Kickstarter projects.

    7. Caleb Wong on September 21, 2012

      I'm not US as well...but I did join as one of the dev xp for fun and support!

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      Rince on September 21, 2012

      ...especially since I am in germany, not in the US. Since we shall get the Hubs later, I don't think it's necessary to be in the dev-section, is it?

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      Rince on September 21, 2012

      Hmm, question: The Dev&Maker-Pledge doesn't have more than the Early Bird package, right? i am still not clear wether it makes sense for me to have Dev or Early Bird, since I would have to learn the progarmming itself (I know perl and stuff, but not C...)

    10. Caleb Wong on September 21, 2012

      @Leif just open two account....only way now...:)

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      Leif Thomas on September 21, 2012

      Hey guys!
      Is it possible to plege 2 packs?

      I currently got the early bird and want to add the Double Pack for 3 bundles total. In the "manage your pledge" tab I can only switch from one to the other.

      I'd LOVE to have 3 bundles (home, 2x office) but I couldn't find a solution for that other than creating another Kickstarter account and pay 2x the shipping.

      THX for a great product !!!

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      Chris Johnston on September 21, 2012

      @Kyle, see Kickstarter's comment above, which states: "THERE ARE NO ACCOUNT OR USER BASED FEES."

      My interpretation of what they said above:

      If we get a hub in the Kickstarter, we will never pay the monthly fee that non-kickstarters will have to pay, even if our hubs break and we need a replacement.

      We will, however, have to pay a fee for any *additional* hubs we buy in future (ie if for any reason we need more than 100 devices in a single location or we want to have a hub in multiple locations)

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      Kyle Wistrand on September 21, 2012

      I'm still a little confused: Are there monthly fees for both the hub AND the user account, so when it says 'free service on the pack' I still have to pay for an account, or are all the monthly costs to run the system 100% taken care of for backers with packages?

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      Rince on September 21, 2012

      damned... now I am Dev and Maker... you are not nice to my wallet ;)

    15. SmartThings Creator on September 21, 2012

      @Cynthia - we expect it to be ~15ft, which is the usual standard.

    16. Cynthia Wang on September 21, 2012

      any idea what the range of the motion sensor will be?

    17. William Clements on September 21, 2012

      LOL... I love the SMART acronym in your developer overview.

    18. SmartThings Creator on September 20, 2012

      @Jason - We're going straight titanium. Seriously - @Jason and @Alex - We don't put this stuff out there to tease. We're listening to feedback to help guide the design hand. Thanks!

    19. SmartThings Creator on September 20, 2012

      @Chris J - No developer fee. But our early backers will help guide the path and we heart them for it. We are embracing the developer and maker communities. Check out We can't possibly build as much amazing stuff individually as the world can together!

    20. SmartThings Creator on September 20, 2012

      @Chris Kelly - Yes. We believe your physical graph extends well beyond your home. Office. Car. Boat. Who knows? Hence your experience is defined by locations (not hubs). We will support what you described as you saw in the video.

    21. Jason on September 20, 2012

      I think I like the plain black the best. It is the most able to fit with other devices. That is unless you want to do it in aluminum, Apple style! Please...

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      Chris B on September 20, 2012

      Thanks so much for the clarification. Helps me understand a lot better.

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      Joris Aerts on September 20, 2012

      I have a suggestion on composite devices. I think all SmartThings API's should be based on profiles. Instead of having a special SmartTag api, it could support multiple profiles:
      - "SmartThing" Profile (isPresent, reportPresence, reportInterval, reportOnlyChanges, reportMinimumInterval)
      - "Temperature" Profile (ftemp, ctemp, tempDelta)
      - "Acceleration" Profile (X,Y,Z, gDelta)

      This way if someone wants to make a custom module that has a button and a temperature sensor it can just expose the "Temperature" and "Button" profile. SmartThings could also support multiple instances of the same profile, for example if you have a node that is connected to 5 wired temperature sensors.

      Other profile's could be "Movement", "Serialcomm", "Huidity", "Input", "Output", And so on....

    24. Alex on September 20, 2012

      I really do love the 3D renders. I would love to see a sleek black version available. Although all I have seen is the white versions, but I do believe they are 3D printed. Would you guys comment on whether or not black is an option?

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      Oleg on September 20, 2012

      If finally you decide to build in Insteon compatibility there is Insteon Access Point Model 2443
      2 way communications 900 MHz RF Band

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      Chris Johnston on September 20, 2012

      @SmartThings - Thanks, that definitely clarifies the situation. Apologies if you've already covered it in an earlier update, I'm relatively new to this project. Final questions: is the developer tier just for early access to the SDK, will there be a developer fee after the kickstarter or will it be open access?

      Many thanks.

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      Oleg on September 20, 2012

      Can you make SmartThing Hub compatible with Insteon end products such as switches and receptacles?

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      Joris Aerts on September 20, 2012

      Can someone give an overview with what we get with all the unlocked bonuses so far for the different pledges?

    29. Chris on September 20, 2012

      @SmartThings - Thanks again for that.

      Is this possible: I have more than one hub coming as I want one for home and work.. Can I monitor both locations to my phone with no issues (I think one of the videos show this). One setup at home with some things and one at work with a couple of things (again this would have no fees at all being an initial KS backer). I'm assuming the setup would be rather simple for this or ?? Thanks again.

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      Ryan Song on September 20, 2012

      I am currently signed up as a Developer and Maker. I am considering upgrading to Enthusiast. As of right now, what comes in the kit of each of these two pledge levels?

    31. SmartThings Creator on September 20, 2012

      @Dylan - We are looking to bring in a lot of services as you describe but have not identified most of them yet. We are definitely looking at all the ways we can to make sure the service is secure and private. Here is a link to more on that:

      @Ken - the temp sensor in the SmartTag is going to be accurate within a small range. There will be additional "standalone" temp/humidity sensor from us or 3rd parties for more accurate measurement.

      @Daniel Glenn - check out Update 12 ( to see how to add Things to your pledge. Thanks!

    32. Johnathan Chamberlain on September 20, 2012

      @SmartThings: Why not have master/slave type account setup? Whereas one account is the 'owner' of the device(s) and the others just have access rights to this account. That way you could keep track of who has what hubs and then base the billing on accounts that are not owned by kickstarter backers. Just a suggestion, I'm going to remain a backer either way.

    33. SmartThings Creator on September 20, 2012

      @April, Chris, Tyler, Nicholas, Chris Kelly - RE: Monthly fees. We have always specified that the monthly fees for those who purchase SmartThings hibs after the Kickstarter campaign ends will have fees on them. If you want a second Hub in the future it will have monthly fees of $4.99 to $9.99 depending upon Ethernet only or cellular version of Hub. Most people will never need a second hub as each hub can support up 100 Things. If the Hub is faulty and needs to be replaced Kickstarter backers WILL NOT pay fees on the replacement. THERE ARE NO ACCOUNT OR USER BASED FEES. You can have multiple accounts set up for each hub - this is the reason we are having the fees (again not for Kickstarters) based upon the Hub and not accounts.

    34. R. Adams on September 20, 2012

      Am I missing something, or did SmartThings already explain the free fee thing in an earlier update? Why are we asking for clarification again??

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      Andrew Sullivan on September 20, 2012

      +1 to that. Hopefully, we can get it totally straightened out in the next 38 hours, while there's still time to back out if we don't like the answer.

      "I also assumed that 'no fees, ever' fees, ever."

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      Dylan on September 20, 2012

      @Daniel Glenn I think that option is available until the project closes. It was $25 for every sensor type except the power switch which was $35. I just added another $70 to my pledge yesterday for 2 additional power adapters.

    37. Stephanie Clarkson on September 20, 2012

      I also assumed that 'no fees, ever' fees, ever.

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      Daniel G on September 20, 2012

      Can we still add money to our pledge and receive additional things? What are the amount(s) we need to add?

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      Ken on September 20, 2012

      How is the SmartTag accurately gauging the temperature when encased in it's plastic case?

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      Ischa on September 20, 2012

      Please clarify very clearly how the fee / subscription works (or I' m out)...

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      Dylan on September 20, 2012

      @amix That would be ideal especially since there is a profit to be made each time a user ads additional SmartThings. I think Sirius pulled the $400 subscription for life... until you broke your radio or wanted to upgrade your technology, then you have to pay again :)

    42. Peter Pugliese on September 20, 2012

      Great to start seeing some later stage designs. I agree the black is nice. I think a ONE color design with the color band removed might look nice too.

    43. Peter Pugliese on September 20, 2012

      I believe the "no fees" part is for the original hub only. I defiantly think some people were confused about it. "No monthly fees" to many people would imply for the time they had the service not, the device.

      I think it's like TiVo does their lifetime subscription. The subscription is tired to the unit, not your account.

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      amix on September 20, 2012

      Sorry, but I think the "No Monthly Fees" should be user/account dependant. It should be a bit more value to pledge, as a private person, into something, that, like all businesses, could break, before even hitting the market. We identify with you, so you could identify with us as well. And not just with the hub.

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      Dylan on September 20, 2012

      You mention the ability to leverage select Web Services from a SmartApp. Do you have a service planned for identifying sunrise & sunset for a hubs location? I would imagine that any personalized hub data would be de-identified to prevent thug developers from robbing a users home, however it's also important to know when dawn is rather setting my patio lights to turn off at 6:00am. I currently adjust the settings of my DumbThings light timers every couple months and it's beyond annoying. Thanks! Love the updates.

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      Chris Johnston on September 20, 2012

      @Tyler - I read it like you did, although @Nate - your explanation seems to make some sense.

      There's definitely a lot of confusion around this topic so maybe a need for clarification from the team - maybe time for an update #16!

      Back on topic, I'm torn about upgrading - I've got 44 Backers to decide if i want to make the $5 upgrade to Dev&Maker and get 6 things + SDK access or just 8 things!

    47. Chris on September 20, 2012

      @ Chris B - I do remember this was asked earlier on.. And it was stated no fee's for kickstarter backers..
      But lets hear it again.

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      Chris B on September 20, 2012

      And just cause I'm a curious individual and my mind sometimes goes into weird places... what if I drop my hub and step on it and need to get a replacement? Would it be possible to transfer the no-fees to my *replacement* hub? Obviously if I'm adding a hub this wouldn't work, but if my first hub gets broken would the replacement then start getting monthly fees?

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      Chris B on September 20, 2012

      I supposed I'm a little confused like April. What is/isn't part of the no-fees?

      I understand there are no fees for the Hub that I get through here. But how do users/accounts relate to that? For examples:

      I get my Hub through here, and set myself up as a user. Do I have any monthly fees?

      I get my Hub through here, and set myself as well as my wife and two kids up as users. Do I have any monthly fees?

      I get my Hub through here, then later buy a second Hub for my vacation home, one for my Cottage at the lake, and one for my Yacht (Yeah, whatever!). My assumption here is that I pay monthly fees for the hubs bought later, correct?

      Finally, just to be sure, are there monthly fees for Things? If I later get 10 more things but they are all still using my same "free" Hub, is there a monthly fee on those additional Things?

    50. Chris on September 20, 2012

      @smartthings - Again, what happens when you need to switch out a HUB for whatever reason (damaged, died...)?

      Yes, please clarify user/account fees.
      Can I monitor multiple hubs/things from my phone? Additional fee's? I'm a bit lost.