This post is a special one. It marks the beginning of the next major step of building knowable, that we are very excited about: This week we kicked off the coding of ‘the new knowable’.
The past months have been very important for us as we had the chance to learn some valuable lessons, to meet and discuss our vision with some very inspiring and clever people, and to find friends, supporters and partners that decided to join us on the way. And first of all: We received your feedback, your ideas, your questions and your critique. And we’re now applying it.
The knowable beta as you knew it was our very first prototype that we launched in fall 2012. It was a first take on the big and ambitious idea of building a global network of amazing hardware ideas, and of bringing people together to work on them. And this prototype did a good job: we learned what worked, and what did not. We had a good basis to discuss and try out various concepts and features. And also, it showed the limits of the mode that we went for to achieve our goals, by it step-by-step guides or file formats.
After running this beta version for a couple of months, we have now decided to take the next step. To apply the learnings we got and push forward in this direction. And we have decided to take down our current platform, from today on. We did this because this is not just a new release for us.
First things first: Of course the content, the projects, the ideas that you’ve contributed of the past months will all be safely be migrated to the new release. And if in the meantime you would like to contribute and engage with knowable, please make sure to reach out to us.
The ‘new knowable’ marks a significant leap towards a vision that is more precise and more aware of solving some quite specific challenges than what we had in mind when we started building our prototype. And it will go way beyond what you have seen before on the beta. There are a couple of core principles that we want to realize with this new release:
With knowable, we want to make amazing ideas for hardware products visible and accessible. That means providing a way for Makers to showcase their projects and their work in a simple, convenient and dynamic way with easy and seamless sharing, and a nifty tie-in into other resources, networks and communities. Also, this means providing a place to browse and explore others’ ideas and projects as well as work in progress and little inspirational approaches. We have taken this feedback very seriously and will to realize this in the upcoming release.
We envision knowable not only as a place to find inspiring ideas, but also as a tool to build upon them, and improve them, and to discuss different versions and techniques. We learned that the mode of these discussions varies with its topic: Collaboration on a circuit-board design looks very different from iterating a CAD-File. Thus, we will provide a space that is just as open and flexible to document and collaborate on hardware, as it’s content, that has a modular structure, and that allows for a transparent overview on the current project state, previous iterations and files.
Thirdly, knowable is a social network for makers. We will expand ways for social interaction, and for sharing and collaborating offline. This also explicitly includes building a tool for professional teams and organizations to manage their design and production process internally (yep, also proprietary and privately) as well as a tool for finding potential co-workers and team members, that bring a required skill or expertise to the table - be it online or offline - based on their location, their engagement in on related projects, organizations, hubs, or local communities.
We are incredibly excited to take these next steps together with you! Of course will keep you posted on how things develop and this very place - and as always we’d love to hear you thoughts and feedback on this new developments. We also invite you to discuss and share these next steps we’re taking on twitter, facebook, etc. with the hashtag #NewKnowable. Anything specific, you’d also like to see in the new release? Let us know! Also, if you’re not already on the list, make sure to leave your email to get updated, once we launch the new knowable.
See you all soon!