Kinoma Create update #13: Hooray, Hooray! We’ve Reached $50K!

April 16th, 2014

[This update originally appeared on the Indiegogo page for Kinoma Create — the JavaScript-powered Internet of Things construction kit that we’re crowdfunding there. You can learn more about Kinoma Create and contribute at Indiegogo.]

Friends and funders, we did it!

We reached our $50K stretch goal — that means we’re now at over 500% of our original goal.

Introducing Kinoma Studio for Linux

With this stretch goal, we’ve officially committed to developing Kinoma Studio for Linux. With Kinoma Studio for Linux, you’ll be able to develop and directly deploy to both Kinoma Create and Android devices from popular desktop/laptop Linux distributions.

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To create a fully realized Kinoma Studio experience, here’s what we’ll be bringing to Linux:

  • Kinoma Studio IDE — The IDE itself is based on Eclipse, which gives us a significant head start on a Linux version. But of course implementation details are always interesting, and this effort will still require some significant engineering and testing resources.
  • Kinoma Simulator — The simulator works with the Kinoma Platform Runtime to provide a simulated device development experience for devices including Kinoma Create, Android and iOS phones and tablets, and even simulated sensors and other components.
  • Kinoma Platform Runtime — The core of everything we do, KPR will get a version for Linux desktop/laptop distributions to enable the simulator and IDE.

Along with direct support for Kinoma Create and Android, you can even develop for iOS using Kinoma Studio for Linux — final packaging will require Kinoma Studio for Mac OS X.

Thank you!

We can’t thank you enough for your support, and we’re really excited about extending Kinoma Studio support to Linux.

Kinoma Create update #12: The Final Stretch!

April 15th, 2014

[This update originally appeared on the Indiegogo page for Kinoma Create — the JavaScript-powered Internet of Things construction kit that we’re crowdfunding there. You can learn more about Kinoma Create and contribute at Indiegogo.]

Dear friends and funders,

We have just one day left in our Indiegogo campaign, and are thrilled to see a measurable uptick in support as the finish line approaches.

Please help spread the word to your friends and colleagues. They, too, can get in on Kinoma Create’s crowdfunding special pricing of 27% off what it will retail for. Email, social media, and bullhorn are all good ways to get the word out. We’d be grateful!

The referral contest is going strong. We love good, healthy competition. Someone will win an additional Kinoma Create. Check out our post on the referral contest to brush up on the logistics.

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We’ll see you at the finish line!

Kinoma Create update #11: EE Live!

April 14th, 2014

[This update originally appeared on the Indiegogo page for Kinoma Create — the JavaScript-powered Internet of Things construction kit that we’re crowdfunding there. You can learn more about Kinoma Create and contribute at Indiegogo.]

Dear friends and funders,

EE Live! is a conference for the design engineering community, held in the heart of Silicon Valley. Top design engineers and product developers gather at EE Live! to learn practical information, get inspired, and conduct hands-on training.

We brought Kinoma Create to EE Live! 2014, and it was very well received. Attendees with software backgrounds were excited to see the world of IoT and hardware made available to them. And those with established hardware chops (the vast majority of attendees) quickly understood the advantage Kinoma Create would bring to their work.

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The Kinoma team held a series of media interviews while at EE Live! The event was a great opportunity for us to get the word out to respected trade publications including EE Times, IoT World, Electronic Design, and Product Design & Development.

One resulting article that’s worth calling out is Peter Hoddie’s interview with EE Times on “Internet, Apps & Now Hardware”. Everyone knows how the Internet changed the design engineering world. Peter notes it was the first wave, profoundly affecting the way engineers think about the user experience, software, and system designs. Then the mobile wave hit, turning every developer’s energy to mobile apps, even for a system design. “Now, I see the next wave emerging,” he’s quoted as saying. “It’s hardware.”

Kinoma Create update #10: Sharing is Caring, with the Kinoma Create Referral Contest

April 10th, 2014

[This update originally appeared on the Indiegogo page for Kinoma Create — the JavaScript-powered Internet of Things construction kit that we’re crowdfunding there. You can learn more about Kinoma Create and contribute at Indiegogo.]

Dear friends and funders,

We’re doing something special for the last week of our campaign: A referral contest!

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Just share your special link

To participate, simply share your unique referral link everywhere you can.

Your referral link appears underneath the video on the Kinoma Create campaign page. (Mine is http://igg.me/at/kinoma/x/598740, and yours should look similar.) When you share this link, we can attribute contributions directly to you.

When

The referral content starts immediately, and ends when the Kinoma Create campaign ends — April 16, 2014, 11:59pm PT.

Reward

The top referrer — and by “top” we mean the Indiegogo user with the most contribution dollars associated with their referral link — wins a Kinoma Create!

(*Members of the Kinoma team and other employees of Marvell Semiconductor, Inc. can’t participate, naturally.)

Thank you!

We really appreciate your continued support and feedback during this campaign.

Kinoma Create update #9: One Week to Go!

April 10th, 2014

[This update originally appeared on the Indiegogo page for Kinoma Create — the JavaScript-powered Internet of Things construction kit that we’re crowdfunding there. You can learn more about Kinoma Create and contribute at Indiegogo.]

Dear friends and funders,

There’s just a week left in the Kinoma Create crowdfunding campaign!

Today we wanted to give you the highlights of the campaign so far, including shout-outs to the contributors that helped us get to key goals.

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Highlights

  • Day 1: The campaign went live around 1am on Friday, March 7. Because it was our first campaign, we wanted to make sure that everything was perfect before we announced to the world the following Monday.
  • Day 2: We let friends, family and co-workers know about the campaign, and of course we hoped that some of them would want a Kinoma Create of their own. We were thrilled when we blew past our $10K goal before we even announced the campaign.
  • Day 3: The SXSW Trade Show started, and we were very excited to be able to introduce Kinoma Create to SXSW attendees. Starting a trend that would last for all four days of the show, many people contributed to the project right on the show floor.
  • Day 4: We officially announced the crowdfunding campaign to the world — and we hit our $15K stretch goal!
  • Day 7: We hit our $25K stretch goal!
  • Day 12: Kinoma Create is selected as Indiegogo’s Tech Campaign of the Week! Thanks to the “Indiegogo bump” this became the 2nd biggest day of the campaign so far.

Notable contributions

  • Our very first contributor was Konstantin Othmer.
  • Gary Madden‘s contribution put us over our $10K goal on just Day 2!
  • Timothy Donovan pushed us over the top on our $15K stretch goal, and thanks to your support we have the resources needed to create two online webinars for contributors. You can learn more about these events here.
  • A contribution from Paul Cuciureanu clinched the $25K stretch goal! Thanks to Paul and everyone who contributed before him, Kinoma Create will gains support for some really interesting new Bluetooth features — specifically, support for Bluetooth File Transfer Protocol (FTP) and Bluetooth OBject EXchange (OBEX). You can read more details here.

As I write this, we’re incredibly close to our $50K stretch goal! When we break through $50K, we’ll officially commit to developing a Linux version of Kinoma Studio — including the Kinoma simulator and the full Kinoma Platform Runtime. Once we hit that goal, Linux fans can look forward to developing and deploying to both Kinoma Create and Android devices from the comfort of their preferred OS.

P.S. We’d really appreciate it if you could share a link to the Kinoma Create campaign with your friends.