We have made huge progress to identify what components are really required to bring you the best quality at the best price. We restarted our design from scratch to reduce the number of components and optimize their use.
Another good example of our latest advances: Loochi’s electronic card (PCB) size has been reduced by 58% compared to the August prototype and over 200% from our very first prototype: we changed from 2 rectangle interconnected cards to a single round card.
A major modification we made is to switch from Wi-fi to Bluetooth technology (specifically Bluetooth 4.0 also known as Low-energy or Bluetooth Smart). The main reason for this change is that we were not satisfied with the user experience to setup Wi-fi network (and in particular entering the WEP or the WPA password !) With Bluetooth 4.0, we have managed to drastically simplify this experience: you plug in the lamp, it is automatically detected by your smartphone or tablet and you can start to use your Loochi immediately!
As our online survey indicated there are over 60% of you who are very interested in Loochi’s design. We decided to spend more time and creating a unique design with great light diffusion.
We know design is very personal (luckily we do not like the same forms and colors ;), we decided to standardize Loochi’s device base in order to let you choose different enclosure in the future. You can even 3D print your own: we can’t wait to see what your Loochi will look like!