Making It All Happen
Wow, it’s been almost 2 weeks since funding closed on the SmartThings project! Time really does fly when you’re hard at work building something you love. So much is going on, and we’re making a ton of progress on a lot of different things. We can’t fit everything into our updates, but here are a few highlights that we wanted to share (and don’t forget to follow us on Twitter and Facebook for more).
SmartThings is about much more than hardware, and we’re working hard to ensure that it “just works”, right out of the box.
SmartThings software - both our applications on mobile devices as well as the SmartThings cloud platform - are so important to delivering an experience that you’ll enjoy. It may be a little bit geeky, but we like to measure and track things. Here’s a quick look at some of the hard work our developers have been up to recently.
- We’ve completed 10 iterations and internal releases of our SmartThings mobile apps over the past 2 weeks focused on new features, testing, speed, and responsiveness.
- We use an agile development approach, and create “stories” for all of the features that we’re adding to our software and platform. We’ve worked through 207 stories so far.
- We have 60 stories (and more every day) in our product development backlog.
- We’ve grown our software team in Minneapolis to 10 developers focused full-time on making SmartThings as awesome as possible.
We’ve also been focused on SmartThings hardware design.
We’re huge fans of 3D printing for rapid prototyping of the devices that we’re designing and building, and we’ve been using it from the start. The ability to iterate designs quickly and test assumptions is super valuable, and is important for keeping the project running smoothly and without delays. To make this process even more efficient and precise, we’re excited that a MakerBot Replicator 2 is now on its way to our team. We’ll be sure to have it running non-stop.
Stay tuned to see examples of what we’re doing with the new MakerBot in future updates, as we continue to refine enclosure designs for SmartTags, Contact Sensors and more.
We’re living in smart times!
Some of you have noticed interesting projects and announcements around the Web, and shared them with us. We appreciate it! Whether it’s Lockitron, Ube, the latest Nest thermostat or others, we couldn’t be more excited about what their successes (and our own community) say about how ready the world is, right now, for smarter things.
It’s too early to say exactly which of these SmartThings will be compatible with, but our unique, open approach will ensure that SmartThings works with the widest variety of devices and technology possible, both now and in the future. And SmartApps will allow developers to easily bring intelligence and programmability to almost any Internet-connected service or technology you can imagine.
Duncan McKee, one of the newest members of the SmartThings team, spends all of his time testing existing off-the-shelf devices to be sure that they can work with SmartThings, and it’s going great so far. Please keep the suggestions and ideas rolling in, we’re listening.
We’re thrilled to share our journey with you. Thanks again for your support!
- The SmartThings Team