Twine project gains funding for sensor networks

Supermechanical's Twine - a Wi-Fi connected sensor platform

Supermechanical's Twine - a Wi-Fi connected sensor platformA Kickstarter project founded by MIT Media Lab graduates David Carr and John Kestner in the form of start-up Supermechanical has blown past its funding goal, thanks to a simple but disruptive premise: an easy-to-use device for ‘if-then’ monitoring.

Dubbed ‘Twine,’ the project takes the form of a compact 2.5-inch square block containing two internal sensors – thermometer and accelerometer – connectivity for external sensors, a Wi-Fi radio and two AAA batteries.

Combined with a simple web platform the pair has developed, the Twine allows non-programmers to set up ‘if-then’ rule sets with no coding required: “WHEN moisture sensor gets wet THEN tweet ‘The basement is flooding!” is but one example.

Although alternatives exist – such as the London Hackspace Nanode, an open hardware Arduino variant designed for Ethernet and RF sensor networks – the Twine is designed to be as simple to use as possible, and runs for ‘months’ on a single pair of batteries.

The concept has won the pair some serious support: with 36 days to go, the Kickstarter funding push has already smashed past its $35,000 goal with more than $100,000 raised. The pair has promised to use the excess to fund development of additional sensors, including the possibility of adding RFID compatibility.

More information is available on the official KickStarter project page.