A very Twine Thanksgiving
— Giving thanks for the last year; Kickstarter status; a bright new hardware partner; Black Friday sale
Greetings, supporters and friends —
A year ago today, we (David and John) launched the Kickstarter campaign for Twine. As it took off in the first days, the two of us were excitedly texting back and forth, in the midst of (barely) helping with household Thanksgiving preparations. Our expectations for the campaign were blown out of the water because of all of you, and for this, we're thankful.
However, our expectations for Twine have always been high. Those of you who have gotten your Twine now understand the standard we hold our work to, and know that we aren't resting any time soon. Your Twine is an infant, and we're expanding its capabilities.
Closing out the Kickstarter
The Kickstarter is not quite over yet. We still have a couple hundred Twines to ship out to backers. We've begun shipping to international backers, and we expect to have everyone's Kickstarter Twines in the mail in the next two weeks. You don't have to email us asking for your status yet — you'll get an email when your Twine ships. (Thank you for being patient just a little longer.)
And Twine continues to get smarter. We're finding and fixing the inevitable early bugs with your help. And we're building up support, documentation and how-tos for the community. Christina, our new customer support chief, aims to smooth out any bumps in your Twine experience, and has a bagful of Twine ideas to share. When you get your Twine, visit the forums and share your own ideas and how-tos.
Listen to your world, control your lights with Twine+Spark
We're all about bringing the future nearer. You may remember that we're partnering with the Pebble smartwatch so that you can get notifications from Twine on your wrist. We've now added another Kickstarter hardware partner: the Spark Socket.
Spark is a Wi-Fi light socket that goes in standard light fixtures and works with any dimmable bulb. You'll be able to create Twine rules to turn lights on or off, set a brightness level, and more. Spark sockets can of course also be controlled by your smartphone or other means.
The only catch is that you need to back Spark on Kickstarter — the campaign is in progress, and this won't become reality without backers. We want to create awesome Twine+Spark applications, so show them some of the same generosity you've shown us.
Black Friday sale
We're proud that we were able to completely design and manufacture Twine in the USA, and as an American company, we of course have to participate in the grand tradition of Black Friday. This Friday, November 23rd only, you'll be able to buy any Twine kit from our online store for $10 off. And now that our shipping crunch is easing, we promise to have your order delivered by Christmas if you're in the US. (We'll also do our best to do the same for other countries, but no promises.)
It's been an eventful year. Like any parents, the two of us have experienced the extremes of elation and stress. We've learned much about building Twine as a product, and Supermechanical as a business that can keep building products. Your understanding of the insane amount of work that we've had to do as a tiny hardware/software startup has been great — and as we now start to grow, we'll be able to do even more, at a sustainable pace. We've had several valuable contributors, but the greatest has been our first full-time employee, David Clift-Reaves, aka the production chief and shipmaster. As shipping settles down, he'll be able to turn his engineering talents to product development, as will we. We have lots in store!
Our thoughts from a year ago came back to us when one of you sent us the photo at the top, of his Twine monitoring the temperature of a turkey thawing in the garage. This is awesome — you are awesome! We're working to make sure you continue to play a big part — Twine's community is a strength, and for this, we're thankful.
— John and David, for the Supermechanical team