Twine is a a new way to connect your things to the internet. A project created by two MIT Media lab graduates (David Carr and John Kestner) and currently seeking funding on Kickstarter (Looking for $35,000 and ending on Jan 3rd 2012) the 2.5" object provides WiFi connectivity, internal and external sensors, and two AAA batteries that keep it running.
Where Twine really starts to shine is in its service backend where you can control and set up triggers to activate a palette of available conditions and actions (ala http://ifttt.com/) like sending out authorized Text messages, Twitter posts, email, or even to Configure HTTP requests based on the objects sensor activity and the rules and conditions you set.
An example of this is having your Twine text message you when your laundry is finished, or alerting you by email if moisture is detected on your basement floor. The number of applications you can imagine with this device and the service is endless.
Available sensors will include:
- Temperature sensor
- Magnetic switch
- Moisture sensor (detect the presence of water)
- Breakout board - Allowing for additional connections