Here at ilumi HQ, we’re making some great progress on development! Our fantastic team has really buckled down and are putting both their mind and hearts into giving you a great experience with your ilumi. To help you get to know our team better, here’s the first installation of ‘Meet the Faces of ilumi’!
Qinghui or ‘Jeffrey’
I put the brains in the bulb, Lead Firmware Engineer
Cyan Opaque, RGB code #92C7C7
Watching movies and jogging – but not necessarily at the same time
iOS OR ANDROID?
Android. Although iOS is appealing, I like open source more!
MODERN DAY TECH I CAN’T LIVE WITHOUT?
Email and Google (Yes, I need them daily to get my job done)
MY GIG BEFORE ILUMI?
An engineer at Texas Instruments designing a Bluetooth Low Energy chip, and now I moved up the food chain.
FAVORITE SUNSET LOCATION
Hey ilumi nation – here’s a quick update on some of the things we’ve been working on here at ilumi HQ!
As dusk settled in over our offices in Plano, Texas today a nice little package was dropped off at our door. Inside, some sweet looking CNC machined prototypes of ilumi. It’s a small step, but a step in the right direction – the result of a vision, supported by a nation, coming together. We’ll use these prototypes for certification, testing, and just to have fun in the weeks ahead.
$60,000 raised, 700 iLumis, 35 countries, and 400 contributors. It’s hard to explain how amazing it feels to share your passion and vision and have people from all over the world embrace it. We are so grateful to all of you for contributing your hard earned money to a belief that light should do more than just help you see. A belief in iLumi.
It started off with our vision, but you all are a part of this now. The iLumi Nation has been born and together we are going to light up the world! Together, we will redefine what lighting is and what it can be. We will create amazing lighting experiences, and we are going to do it responsibly. Already, your contributions and use of iLumi will offset about 600,000 kilowatt hours of energy, the equivalent of saving 1000 barrels of oil from being consumed.
Keep an eye out for an e-mail with a link to an iLumi survey in the next week where we’ll need your help to confirm your order and answer some questions to refine what iLumi will be. To all of you, thank you again. We are dedicated and committed to deliver you, the iLumi Nation, a simple, quality, and amazing lighting experience that will similarly return the favor and have you say…
Corey, Swapnil, and the iLumi Team
iLumi Nation –
Good news, we decided to extend our Indiegogo campaign a few more weeks! We’re sincerely thankful for all the supporters that have joined the iLumi Nation so far from all over the world. We’re well on our way with development and looking forward to shipping your iLumis in the spring, but there’s more room at the table!
So please continue to tell your friends and family about iLumi and let’s keep growing the Nation!
The iLumi Team
You can view the new campaign at the same URL: www.indiegogo.com/iLumi
The previous campaign can be found at: www.indiegogo.com/iLumiSolutions
This time of year, people from all over the world come together to celebrate the Holidays. While the names and stories of Holidays are different, there’s something remarkably common to how we celebrate. We spend time with family, eat great food, reflect and give back, and then there are the lights! From dancing Christmas lights, slow burning Hanukkah candles, to bursting fireworks on New Year’s, light mean it’s time to celebrate.
From the iLumi team to all, we wish you a bright Holiday season full of family, food, fortune, and that the light and celebration shines on throughout the year.
Corey, Swapnil, and the iLumi Team
Live Your Light™
It’s been a little over one week since we pressed the ‘go’ button for iLumi and wow what a week it’s been. From the indiegogo launch to presentations at Cowboy Stadium and Rice University, the week has been a whirlwind of excitement.
First of all, thank you to the 146 iLumi supporters who have already contributed their hard earned cash to support the iLumi indiegogo campaign. We’re inspired by your support and can’t wait to get iLumis in your hands. You should know that even if we don’t reach the $100,000 goal, your support has already allowed us to move forward with manufacturing to bring iLumi to the world. We are committed to iLumi and committed to giving our supporters an easy, beautiful, and amazing lighting experience. Reaching the goal will mean a lower indiegogo fee, so it is still important, but not reaching it won’t stop us.
Secondly, the iLumi team recently presented at two amazing events, the Startup Texas two minute pitch at Cowboy Stadium and the Rice Alliance IT and Web Showcase. It was a jam packed three days, and at the end we came out with a trophy, lots of amazing contacts, and some amazing experiences. Check out the iLumi facebook page for some photos of these events including us presenting on the biggest HD screen in the world at Cowboy Stadium.
Lastly, if you haven’t seen it yet, we’ve added some new perks and bonuses to the iLumi indiegogo campaign including a hacker kit, a smaller donation amount, and an iLumi card to give as a ‘pre-gift’ over the Holidays. Again, thanks for your support iLumi Nation and let’s keep growing. Spread the word by posting, tweeting, sharing, and even just plain old talking. Let’s light up the world!
Live Your Light!
Almost two years ago we came up with an idea for an intelligent light bulb that you control through a mobile device. There have been many long days (and nights) since then, and that vision has now evolved into iLumi – simple, intelligent, and energy efficient LED light bulbs that you control wirelessly with a mobile App.
Emerging from the proverbial garage, it’s an unbelievable feeling to be able to share iLumi with the world. It’s a bit nerve racking, but also invigorating – and sharing is the key word. Beginning with this Blog we invite you to share in this experience with us, where we will post updates about our Indiegogo campaign, development, and just general fun-formational stuff.
We’ve come a long way over the past two years to get to this point. It’s a testament to the belief that others have placed in our team and idea that have allowed us to be able to today share iLumi with the world. You know who you are, and we thank you for all you’ve done. But there’s a whole lot more to do, and we are just getting started. So continue to believe in us, believe in our vision, believe in our team, and believe that together we can accomplish fantastic things.
Corey and Swapnil
Live Your Light!TM