We are excited to share some big news around the software behind the Light Phone. The phone itself is quite simple, but the cloud software that we've acquired to support the phone is where the innovative technology exists.
We found a great team from Seattle that have built an impressive platform that is perfect for the Light App. After getting to really know each other, we've decided to join forces. Light has acquired their patent pending I.P. and brought the founders, John Wantz and Kyle Schei on board the Light team to help us deliver the best possible product experience for the Light Phone.
This cloud software is going to be the "brains" behind the Light Phone. It will make using a Light Phone in conjunction with your other phone seamless.
Built in partnership with AT&T, the software is enterprise tested. It will allow for Light to scale it's software needs globally. The Light App will be able to work across operating systems.
Here are some high level animations that explain how the app, cloud, and phone work together:
Typically, when you get a phone call from your mom, it goes to the carrier's tower, which then recognizes the number and sends the call to your phone.
Control your settings through the Light App. Things like who gets forwarded to your Light Phone, your 10 Speed dials, or maybe even tweet to the world that you're taking a break. Those settings sync with the Light Cloud from your smartphone.
Turn on call forwarding, telling the carrier's tower to forward any calls to the Light Cloud, and grab your Light Phone. A deep breath, you are free.
As you can see, when mom calls, the tower forwards the call to the Light Cloud. It's processed according to your settings and if approved it will get forwarded to your Light Phone. In addition to just allowing the call to forward, we can do cool things like a Light ringback tone for the callers.
You can choose who to let through to your Light Phone. When someone calls and they don't have access to reach you, say maybe your boss, the cloud will recognize this and allow them to leave a message for you on your smart phone. You will see these notifications when you return to your phone.
Outgoing calls also go through the cloud so that the Light Phone always uses your existing number.
When someone receives a call from your Light Phone it will show on their caller ID automatically as your current number.
Our first trip to Seattle in late June
This is just the beginning. We are really excited to be working with John and Kyle. This is going to save us a huge amount of time in trying to develop the software from scratch, as we originally planned. They have great insights around the telecommunications space and will be helping make sure we can successfully deliver on time. These features are just the tip of the iceberg in terms of functions we can add to the Light Phone. We will be sharing more of these, as well as the design process (User Interface) for the Light App as we work on that together over the next few months.
The proven support of our Kickstarter backers and on going pre-orders helped make this acquisition possible by giving confidence to future partners. Thank you once again for believing in us.