- Workers claim Google made spy tool to prevent them from organizing Wednesday 8:13 PM
- Hailey Bieber denies shading Selena Gomez with ‘I’ll Kill You’ Instagram post Wednesday 7:46 PM
- Trump signed an ego tweet sheet for Tomi Lahren–and it features conspiracy theorists Wednesday 6:59 PM
- Attorneys say ICE deleted evidence pertaining to transgender asylum seeker’s death Wednesday 6:24 PM
- Everything you need to know about VSCO filter codes Wednesday 6:17 PM
- Are users prepared to pay for Gmail storage space? Wednesday 6:09 PM
- Facebook pledges $1 billion to fight housing crisis it helped create Wednesday 5:16 PM
- Lizzo officially credits ‘DNA test’ tweet writer on ‘Truth Hurts’ Wednesday 4:50 PM
- Pornhub takes down videos secretly filmed in a college women’s locker room Wednesday 4:15 PM
- Google Maps on iPhone now shows you speed traps Wednesday 3:47 PM
- Here’s why you’re seeing ‘rise and shine’ all over social media Wednesday 3:45 PM
- AOC grills Zuckerberg over false political ads on Facebook Wednesday 3:27 PM
- Fox News promotes pro-faith, anti-antifa film ‘The Reliant’ Wednesday 3:17 PM
- Cardi B to star in ‘Fast & Furious 9’ Wednesday 3:12 PM
- AOC on opening her DMs: ‘By this morning, it was trash’ Wednesday 2:26 PM
Former Mozilla CTO forced to refund backers and cancel successful Kickstarter project
Another smart device folding under the pressures of IoT.
While major players Amazon and Google start to find traction in the living room, new entrants are struggling to get a foothold in the smart home space. The latest to fall victim is Silk Labs, a startup created by former Mozilla CTO Andreas Gal. The company successfully funded a smart home hub on Kickstarter, only to cancel its progress before development, and refund its backers.
Silk Labs’ device was called the “Sense,” and was claimed to be the “eyes, ears, and brain” of your home. It could run apps from your smartphone locally, protecting it from the insecurities of the cloud all while using hardware based encryption. The Sense hub was intended to use the company’s Silk software platform, which allows all of your device to speak with each other through Silk’s applications.
The Kickstarter campaign, which started in February, succeeded in raising $164,885, which was well over the $100,00 goal. Gal wrote a message to the project’s backers yesterday detailing a change in direction.
“We’ve reached a difficult decision. We are not going to build the Sense hardware product, and all backers will be refunded in full. Why? Our original plan was to launch a Kickstarter product first (Sense), and then work with commercial-scale hardware manufacturers on integrating Silk into their future products. We are now seeing so much commercial interest in the Silk platform that we have realized we can bring our vision to more people more quickly if we switch gears and focus on the commercial opportunities ahead, instead of completing our Kickstarter device first.”
His comments don’t necessarily rule out the creation of such a device. It makes sense for Silk Labs to want to build up its platform before producing a device that uses it. Something tells us the nearly 800 backers might have a different option on the matter.