Like the idea of Helium, but I think you are totally missing the main use case to get people to me to shell out $400 for the device. Your pitch is 1) earn Helium coins - My reaction - I’ll take em, but it’s not a reason to buy. 2) Help Create the Future - Yeah, but that not a reason to buy.
What about enabling it to support existing IoT devices we already have installed in our homes, e.g. Ecobee, Wyze, Kasa, Zigbee, Z-Wave, Wemo, Feit, Sense, etc. I hate the poor reliability of my ISP (Comcast) that keeps causing my devices to drop off the network. It’s a maintenance nightmare. Need a more stable and reliable network for my 100+ devices. If you can offer me a solution to that, then I am more than willing to shell out the $400. Spent some time checking out your blogs and community posts and all the chatter is about earning coins or inventing new use cases. Nobody talking about support for existing IoT device suppliers.