Posting the first of a few video updates with the people behind the scenes! This is our new engineer Jeremy Forbes of J4 Design! (I shot this about a week ago) You can see one of the ILUMI's in the background that he is working with on his desk! He is the man who has saved our project from being months behind since we had to start over on our board when the other company bailed on us. We are now only a little behind due to him spending countless hours on our project and we are getting ready to do final testing next week! I am looking forward to posting a video update here in a few weeks of the new finished board working in the ILUMI smartbottle and demonstrating the ability to measure water levels and update our app as well as our testing program on my laptop!
I was just informed by one of our backers that someone else has tried to copy our idea and is running a campaign on Indiegogo claiming it is the first smart water bottle. You can see it here: http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/blufit-bottle/x/3789470. They are clearly copying features of our bottle as well as functions of the app and they don't explain their plans or how any of it works. Our attorneys are contacting them tomorrow and we will see where it goes, we do not want to have to use any funds to pursue them and we do not want it to come to that. We hope that we will be able to have them or indiegogo take their campaign down before too much damage is caused. We luckily know they have no idea how our bottle works as far as tracking water level goes as we innovated a completely new technology that is more accurate than other methods not only with water in the bottle but other liquids as well and we control the patent for it. But it is unfortunate that they did copy some of our main features.
We do not want to slander their company, they may be a great company that made the wrong choice to infringe on our intellectual work. This is more just to inform you all as you are our backers and your money is invested in us and our product, and whatever hurts us hurts you as well. If you could all do us a favor and tell anyone interested in this project that if they would like the world's first SMARTBOTTLE™ they can pre-order it on our website www.ilumibottle.com. GET HYDRATED™!
Also please post our site and ILUMI wherever you can! Although our campaign is over on Kickstarter, we are still accepting pre-orders (Kickstarter orders are handled first) on our website, as well as any visibility we get will help diminish the credibility of any companies that attempt to copy us which will help us not have to spend money fighting those companies in court. So please, post our site on facebook, youtube, pinterest, myspace, tumblr, instagram, and wherever else you guys can possibly think of and tell the world that you already supported the world's first and best SMARTBOTTLE™!
P.S. Video with the App Developers should be posted Saturday night!