Funded! This project was successfully funded on January 3, 2012.

Update #30

A very Twine Thanksgiving

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— 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.)

Thank you

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

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      Creator Brian Howard on January 23, 2013

      >I'm in the USA and have yet to receive my shipping number or the Twine itself.

      Ditto here.

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      Creator James Stone on December 29, 2012

      Any idea when I might receive mine in the UK? I gave someone a card last christmas for the Twine, and still couldn't give it this Christmas... an update would be nice?

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      Creator Bradley Taylor Wilson on November 28, 2012

      I've got to be honest - I'm less than thrilled with the rollout. Can anyone point me in the direction of the Twine App? Vaporware? Has it been finished? Beta? And why don't I already know all this as a backer?

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      Creator Steve Kowalsky on November 27, 2012

      Twine arrived today. Gotta walk the dog, then play!

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      Creator Peter Easton on November 27, 2012

      I'm in the USA and have yet to receive my shipping number or the Twine itself.

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      Creator Jeffrey visotsky on November 23, 2012

      Have not recieved shipping number or item

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      Creator Andy Fundinger on November 21, 2012

      Wow, they're practically all sold out already.

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      Creator Wei Lieh Ng on November 21, 2012

      Hey, just a comment to let you guys know that I'm super excited to receive my TWINE in Singapore.
      Looking forward to SPARK and checking out all the fun stuff I can do with it.

      All the best for your growing business and good luck!

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