This week the team has been balancing eggnog and yuletide carols with hardware and software developments. Our biggest development is on the Lucera Labs website: we are now accepting pre-sale orders for Wakē. Units sold as part of a pre-sale order via the Lucera Labs website will ship after the Kickstarter units but are a great option for those who missed out on the Kickstarter campaign.
On the technical front, we finished integrating the feedback from the injection molding consultant and we are ready to commission the molds. By the end of this week we should have the mold order placed! Our electronic engineer also made the final updates to the circuit boards; we’ll be ordering a couple test boards to verify the updates before we place our big order.
The software & firmware team is testing the new interface between Wakē and the mobile apps. Previously, the mobile apps communicated with Wakē via a cloud interface. While the cloud interface is helpful for development purposes, we wanted to move to an approach that increased user privacy and reduced our cloud costs. Our new approach stores user data on the Wakē itself (versus the cloud) and allows the mobile apps to communicate directly with Wakē over the user’s local WiFi network. This means that when you use Wakē on your local network, your data stays on your local network. This approach also reduces the loading time for the mobile apps depending on your network connection. For best performance, you should make sure your Wakē has a strong WiFi connection.
One drawback of the new interface is that you must be on the same local network as your Wakē in order to schedule wakeups or otherwise configure your Wakē. That is one of the reasons we will be offering cloud connectivity as part of the Wakē experience. We will discuss cloud connectivity and the associated benefits in a future update but know that one of the key features of cloud connectivity is the ability to configure your Wakē from anywhere.
Please note that Wakē requires a 2.4 GHz WiFi network and that 5 GHz is not supported. 2.4 GHz is the typical WiFi frequency used by home routers so unless you have an advanced network setup this should not be a problem.
Next week we will be talking about some of our partners that made the Wakē V2 Kickstarter campaign a success.