In an effort to complete production of our Luminode light switches we recently submitted a project to Kickstarter which they sadly declined to accept. I wrote the following letter to appeal their decision, but when I went to submit my letter I found that they only allow 500 characters in the appeal. So instead I am publishing my appeal here on our blog in the form of an open letter to Kickstarter and ask that anyone and everyone to please post a comment to show your support. And please follow us on Twitter and like us on Facebook if you feel so inclined.
Here is my open letter followed by our two videos that we produced for our Kickstarter project. Thank you for your support!
I believe that our project does indeed meet the Kickstarter Project Guidelines and I hope very much that you will reconsider and accept our project. According to your guidelines, as a technology project we must meet three additional requirements which I believe we do meet.
1) Project - The Luminode is a project that can be completed. We have working prototypes and are well on our way to completion. And although it is designed to work with other systems it is also a stand-alone product (well you actually need two to do anything useful).
2) D.I.Y. - Although this is a complex project that has spanned years and had various people involved at various stages, it is really my (Stephen’s) brain child and baby. So far I have funded the project almost exclusively by myself out of my savings while also taking various jobs at various times to help put food on the table while also persuing my dream of building these light switches. Although I used to work at Microsoft as a software developer 10 years ago (I left in 2002), we are D.I.Y. This was literally developed in my garage and bedroom for years before moving into a 500 square foot workspace that I needed after selling my house (with garage) to help pay for this venture. I personally wrote the firmware that runs on the Luminodes and the back end learning software. In addition, on the hardware side, Steve Dame who despite his impressive credentials also works on this out of his garage in his spare time. We are small players in a very big pond.
3) Form as well as function - Although light switches not may seem stylish, this is a very creative product in this space. The impact of using this device will streamline home lighting controls and provide a more minimalist, and yes stylish, interface to lighting control and home systems in general.
Aside from also putting a great deal of effort into our Kickstarter project, and that the Luminode seems consistent with many other technology Kickstarter projects, this is my baby. I have put much of my personal savings into this project and I firmly believe that Kickstarter is the right place for the Luminode. As much as this is my baby I recognize that Kickstarter is yours and as such I appreciate your continual efforts to protect your image as I protect mine. There are many people who can vouch (and I hope they do) not only for my personal passion and dedication to this project, but also to the project’s tremendous potential. Please, I urge you to reconsider!
- Stephen Harris