3 days to go until SuperMechanical get their hands on almost half a million USD (286 GBP) to produce and sell their project known as Twine – the wireless trigger/ event gadget of endless possibilities.
This is a great piece of engineering which in essence allows you to do anything. The tiny device connects to a computer network via wifi. When sensors or switches are attached Twine can trigger another device. This has been a long personal dream of mine, but even with a Diploma in electronic engineering I could never be bothered to write the schematics, buy the components, program the microchip. The wonderful thing about Twine is that it’s made for people like me, who just want things to work. Twine requires no programming or electronic knowledge. It’s plug and play and comes with a web app which lets you create macros pretty quickly.
The number of attachments is pretty limitless, but they’re starting us off with a magnetic switch and a moisture sensor. More adventurist users can make their own though.
A few years ago I bought the TellStick – a USB device which lets you control any wireless plug without any need for programming knowledge. I have it hooked up to my Leopard Gecko’s vivarium to regulate the heat and lighting and it’s great to automate things around the house. I see Twine offering just as much freedom; probably more!
Preorder Twine now by funding it at Kickstarter.