December 16 update

 

Happy holidays to one and all!

With the holidays right around the corner we know everyone is getting busier and busier, so we’ll keep this short and give you the latest.

Testing

As noted last month, our next step was to build our first group of devices and to put them into a limited number of homes and into the regulatory testing process.  This is happening now and things are going great!

  • In addition to our office testing facilities, we have units in 2 test houses currently and others are in the process of being prepped for installation. We’re testing not only how Brights work together, but also how they work with various devices and apps for home control, entertainment and security. We’ll be testing the likes of Alexa, Google Home, Nest, Sonos, SmartThings, Wink, and many more.
  • Outside of the in-home testing, the most rigorous testing will be in the Z-Wave arena and we have engineers working globally on that. We are literally working 24 hours a day in different time zones to speed through this period, tune up the systems and roll forward into production.

Timing

Our last update projected us to complete the testing/regulatory process and begin full scale production around the end of December. This is still roughly true, but will likely be impacted by holidays, both here and in other countries, as well as regulatory review cycles (Z-Wave, Bluetooth and Wi-Fi) that are difficult to predict. By our next update after the holidays we should have a better handle on the full production schedule and will publish it here.

Some of you have written and expressed frustration with the timing, and we couldn’t agree more.  However, we are putting everything we can into delivering your units as soon as they are ready. As a company, we want nothing more.

A peek from around the world

Some pictures of from our manufacturing and testing facilities, as well as some production units that are in testing now.

Brightswitch component manufacturing in China and assembly in Bend

Production units

 

As the holidays are upon us we give thanks for all of you and for your patience and continued support.  May each of you have a rewarding and happy holiday season this year.  Thank you, and talk to you soon!

Best holiday wishes,
The Brightswitch Team



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