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  1. Plum Website Is Now Online, Pre-Order Discount Ending

    As previously announced, Ube has renamed their company/product line to 'Plum'.  Their website is now online, and it looks like the pre-order discount is expiring in a week (price going from $79 to $89), so if you have any interest in this product, you should consider ordering now.

    • Mar 11 2014 03:32 PM
    • by Dan (electron)
  2. Ube KickStarter Campaign Update

    It looks like all is still on track in Ube-land, as they just posted an update on the KickStarter website, indicating they are still going to make their October 2013 shipping date.  Ube also shared that they still have all the money in the bank, and are only using it for ordering of components (and not for paying salaries, travel expenses, etc.), which is refreshing to hear.  Ube also started working on engineering the 'Smart Plugs' and 'Smart Outlets', mentioned in previous campaign updates.
     
    The update also mentioned that the 10% discount for preordering is still active, but will soon be dropped to 5%, so if you are on the fence about the product, it's time to make a decision!
     

    10% Discount on Pre Orders – for a Limited Time 
     
    You can still get a 10% discount on pre-orders for the time being. We are planning some changes to our ecommerce engine in the next few weeks and at that time we will reduce the discount for pre-orders to 5%. The 10% discount code is 0GVQF7X1DQNM.  The link to our store is best found from our website at

     
    Last but not least, they also announced the formation of a KickStarter API team.  If you want your favorite software to support the Ube hardware, I highly recommend you let them know about this.
     

    Ube is forming a Kickstarter API Action team! Help us build the killer dimmer by getting involved! If you plan on integrating the ube products with other 3rd party controllers / software, and you are a coder with knowledge in languages like Python, Java, etc… Send an email to [email protected] and write "API ACTION TEAM" in the subject line, we will contact you to discuss the details. 

     
    For more details and the complete update, go to the Ube KickStarter campaign website.

    • Jul 02 2013 12:07 PM
    • by Dan (electron)
  3. KickStarter: Digital Wi-Fi Shades for your Home

    The founder of Aeon Labs, Winston Cheng, and Bernard Kwan, launched a new product called SONTE Film.
     
    SONTE Film is a 'digital shade', which applies as a film to your windows, and can be controlled via a Wi-Fi connection (eventually other protocols such as Z-Wave might be supported as well, but if the API is open as they claim to be, there might not be a need for it).
     
    Currently, the plan is for a 2-state system, where you can turn the shade on/off (see the video below).
     

     
    The product is modular, extremely easy to install (as easy as regular film), and it will be able to connect to other units, in order to make power routing easier.
     

     
    Specifications:

    • Power: 110-220VAC
    • Frequency: 50/60Hz
    • Current: 0.1 amperes per square meter
    • Power: 7 watts per square meter
    • Switching: less than 1 second
    • Operation: (on) transparent (off) opaque
    • Thickness: approximately 0.4mm
    • Viewing angle: approximately 130 degrees
    • Light transmittance: On (75%) Off (27%)
    • Haze Coefficient: On (7%) Off (87%)
    • Operating temperature: -20C (-4F) to 70C (158F)
     
    As far as I know, this will be the first DIY accessible/affordable system on the market.
     
    You can now be part of their KickStarter campaign, and get your hands on a sample by pledging your support here.

    • Apr 19 2013 04:42 PM
    • by Dan (electron)
    • Mar 22 2013 06:55 AM
    • by Dan (electron)
  4. Ube KickStarter Campaign Update

    Only 15 days left before the Ube Wi-Fi Smart Dimmer KickStarter campaign comes to a close. There are over 1,000 backers, and the campaign is very close to reaching its goal ($215,642 pledged of the $280,000 goal).
     
    If you aren't familiar with the Ube smart dimmers, I highly recommend you check them out, and back this campaign if you have a remote interest in home automation.
     
    This product is the proverbial kick in the pants the home automation industry really needed.
     
    If you have any questions, don't hesitate to post them, Utz Baldwin is a member here, and is more than willing to answer any questions you may have.
     
    They are also giving away a free room pack.  You can enter this contest by liking them on Facebook.  See this post for more information.

    • Mar 20 2013 06:43 AM
    • by Dan (electron)
  5. Ube Updates

    Looks like the Ube KickStarter campaign is finally taking off, as they are reaching their goal rapidly.  Ube announced last week that they will offer support for integration with the Securifi Almond+, and they also just announced that they will offer integration with other IP based devices, and the ability to trigger tasks using gestures, such as drawing a W on the switch to start the irrigation sequence.
     
    I'm extremely excited about this product, as the possibilities are endless.  Imagine being able to interface your ELK M1 directly with the light switch.  You could now trigger various tasks within the M1, all without relying on a PC based controller.  A great example would be arming your alarm panel, by drawing a circle on the switch.  Now you have an arming station anywhere in the house!
     
    Lou was also kind enough to post a short video of how this switch is supposed to work (since the switch is Android based, an Android phone was used in the demo).

    • Mar 11 2013 08:49 AM
    • by Dan (electron)
  6. Ube Moves WiFi Multi-Touch Smart Switch Campaign To KickStarter

    Hi!
     
    On behalf of the ube team, I want to thank you for your contribution to our WiFi dimmer project.  In order to maximize our ability to fulfill this project, we have made the decision to migrate our project to Kickstarter here:  http://kck.st/YjegPU
     
    We would be honored if you will move your pledge to Kickstarter.  We will close the Indiegogo campaign tomorrow and your money will be refunded.  When you pledge on Kickstarter, there is no financial transaction until after we achieve our goal.  It will only take a few minutes, and we still need your support.
     
    As an incentive, if you move your pledge to Kickstarter before the end of February 20th , we will offer you one free premium dimmer (of course, If you're feeling generous, it's not required that you take us up on this offer).  However, if you would like to claim this incentive, please message us on Kickstarter after you make your contribution and we will add one premium dimmer to your reward when we fulfill our shipments.  
     
    You are an important part of our success and we are truly thankful for your support.  We believe that this is the beginning of a variety of intelligent and easy to use devices that make control of your home intuitive and informative.  Together with you, we can make it happen.
     
    Kind Regards,
     
    Utz Baldwin
     
     
    Co-Founder | CEO

     

    • Feb 20 2013 09:05 AM
    • by Dan (electron)
  7. Live Q&A Session with Securifi This Friday, 2/22/2013

    • 802.11ac + n Dual Band Concurrent
    • 2.4GHz 2x2 MIMO - 300Mbps
    • 5GHz 2x2 MIMO - 867 Mbps
    • 1+4 Gigabit Ethernet Ports
    • 1 USB 2.0
    • ZigBee (2.4GHz) <-- Compatible Worldwide
    • Z-Wave US, Canada, Mexico (908.42 MHz)
    • Z-Wave Europe (868.42 MHz)
    • Z-Wave Australia, New Zealand and Hong Kong (919.82/921.42MHz)
    • 620MHz Processor
    • 128MB RAM
    • Linux 2.6.30
    • 2.8” TFT Touchscreen
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    • Feb 24 2013 12:45 AM
    • by Dan (electron)
  8. LIFX Reveals Final Bulb Design

    Check their blog for the update which contains more info, or watch the video below.
     
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    http://www.youtube.c...h?v=GUvk9rS8qvQ

    • Feb 15 2013 09:09 AM
    • by Dan (electron)
  9. Finally a Wi-Fi enabled light switch for the DIY crowd (UPDATED)

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    So here are some more interesting facts!

    • WiFi (Broadcomm chipset)
    • ARM 32Bit processor
    • Android OS (Ice Cream Sandwich)
    • Sub metering
    • Capacitive Multi-touch button ( allows for multiple functions based on gesture)
    • True M2M technology… no bridge, master, dongle or gateway required.
    Background on the team behind this company/product is pretty impressive as well (Utz Baldwin, the CEO/co-founder used to be CEO and chairman of CEDIA).
     
    If there is a demand, I will organize a live Q&A session with these guys.

    • Feb 08 2013 08:48 PM
    • by Dan (electron)