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We got our hands on a Thingsee One

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Last year, Kickstarter saw the launch of the Thingsee One, a quick Internet of Things prototyping tool, packed with all sorts of sensors. The project was brought to life by Haltian, a Finnish company providing design services and IoT solutions. The device and its accompanying platform, Thingsee Creator, came straight out of Haltian’s Visionary Labs.

At Visionary Labs, we design platforms and products that are compatible with our customer’s innovations.

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The project was funded in December 2014, with about a week to go before its end. From the beginning, Thingsee have been building their community by giving a voice to their backers, asking them what they would build with the device, using #mythingsee.

We want to have fun with technology and create solutions that have never been done before.

The answers vary greatly; from a temperature logger, to a theft alert and tracker. It seems that there is a keen interest in using it for extreme sports, as performance tracker, or guidance device.

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Thingsee One has almost all the sensors you would like to use for an IoT product: geolocation, light sensor, accelerometer, altimeter, humidity and pressure sensors,… It is also armed to resist environmental damage; it can withstand impact and pressure, is waterproof and can be easily mounted on a bike, boat, car… Although small, Thingsee One is a little bulky to qualify as a wearable, but can easily be stored into a backpack or clipped on a belt to go on a hiking trail.

The online interface is simple to use, following the company’s goal of lowering the barrier of entry to the Internet of Things. Once you log onto the platform, you can register your device and start creating programs for it. Solely by checking boxes and actioning sliders, you can get started in minutes.

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To begin, you would create a purpose for your device, which is the code you will download onto it. You then determine what the triggers are for each state (e.g. the temperature is above 20ºC, speed is below 30mph), and all the subsequent actions (e.g. send a text message). All the values tracked can be logged onto the device or to the cloud, and are retrievable via the API. Users can also use the SDK or add their custom firmware to the device.

The project is still at its infancy, and some features that we would like to have seen are missing, but the Thingsee team is enthusiastic and already planning on implementing some of the features requested through the community’s feedback.

Thingsee One has no buzzer neither sound alert. However, that is something that other customers have requested among other features and we are carefully going through all of them.

Some of the requests include adding a buzzer, a way to display custom messages on the device’s screen, adding orientation capabilities with a gyroscope and magnetometer,…

(…) not only controlling the screen features but the whole set of hardware characteristics to one’s personal interest would be beneficial.

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Giving access to an IoT platform to everyone is an ambitious task that will take time to put in place. However, Thingsee are on the right track to create a device that will enable people to quickly test their ideas — with any kind of sensor and get them one step closer to the IoT market — by offering an all-encompassing, yet bespoke, solution.

Posted 19th Nov 2015
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