Kinoma Create update #14: A Big Thank You!

April 17th, 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,

You did it! Thanks to you, the Kinoma Create crowdfunding campaign was a raging success on Indiegogo. We exceeded our funding goal, unlocked stretch goals, connected with a vibrant community of developers and makers, and received invaluable feedback on Kinoma Create. Kinoma Create will now be brought to market in September, when you will receive your devices.

We are grateful to you all for the support, encouragement and ideas you’ve shared throughout our campaign.

Here’s a short video of thanks from the Kinoma team.

The campaign in snapshot:

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This is just the beginning. Now, Kinoma Create is available for preorders at the full retail price. If friends and colleagues have heard about Kinoma Create from you, but have been hesitant to jump in, they can still order the JavaScript-powered IoT construction kit at kinoma.com/create.

We cannot wait to see all the amazing things you’ll make and prototype with Kinoma Create.

Please stay connected with us on TwitterFacebook, or by subscribing to our blog.

Best,

— Peter Hoddie

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.