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INHABITAT: How long did it take for you to come up with the final Lumio prototype? Were there any limitations?

Max: It took about eight months in development before I landed on the “final” prototype. I’m still incorporating new upgrades that will improve the user experience. For example, I recently upgraded the charging system from a standard adapter to a universal USB charger.

That’s the great thing about Kickstarter, it provides me direct access to an engaged group of end users. They provide valuable insight on ways to improve the product.

The biggest challenge during the design development was translating the concept into a functional device that is simple in design and works intuitively. Simplifying and subtracting unnecessary details tends to be harder than adding more features.

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  1. Heiko von Debschitz January 26, 2014 at 10:31 am

    I am not sure if at the time of the interview Marc Carter was aware that a lot of Kickstarter backers still have not received their Lumios. I am one of them. We backed the project and subsequently paid via Kickstarter in March last year and were originally promised delivery in September. The last public word coming from Max was his project update in Mid-October when he mentioned October 28 as the planned shipping date. Since then I and many others have been waiting patiently for our Lumios to arrive, or at least for some form of explanation why our products are not shipped to us. At the same time Max has gladly been accepting (and apparently even fulfilling!) orders from new customers worldwide through his company’s website. I am writing this on January 26. I find it difficult to read an article about Lumio’s success and Max praising his Kickstarter support without feeling very upset at the way so many of the project’s original backers are quite literally left in the dark!
    (Consult the Lumio project page on to read over 1000 comments from backers and Max’s responses — or lack thereof.)

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