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Kickstarter [Dec. 30th, 2011|10:24 am]
Nicodemus
(Expanded from a G+ post a couple days back)

The Twine Project


There's a group on Kickstarter that wants to produce these little sensor blocks (time, temperature, moisture, vibration, etc.) that know how to use wifi to send messages (email, text, tweet, http). Simple setup, simple application, major possibilities. (They give the example of a moisture sensor texting you "basement flooding!") This seems to me a much more likely path to get to the "smart house" than the over-engineered showpieces by tech companies. Modular and user-defined.

Their funding goal was $35K and they're currently at $445K; they're on track to get nearly a half million in pledged funding. (That's pretty incredible conceptually, too.)

As my wife said, "Isn't it amazing when you can see the future coming?"


Also, a funded campaign that's heading toward production:

Revo Bike Lights


Bike lights that mount on your wheel rims. They use ultrabright LEDs to create the effect of a headlight and a brake light by synchronizing to the spinning of your wheels.

It's like those persistence of vision toys that create images with a strip of LEDs moving back and forth (and, indeed, they have adaptations of those for bike spokes), except that this is put to a practical purpose. Nice!


Or if you're really holding out for a bizarre and furry Kickstarter item, there's the Monster Violinist still trying to make his goal. Yup, a fiddling werewolf is out busking... It's even a hard economy for creatures of the night.
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[User Picture]From: patch_bunny
2011-12-30 08:07 pm (UTC)
Static lights are just static lights and can vanish among other lights on the side of the road. What I've found most effective in spotting bicyclists are the reflectors on the pedals, as you spot their up and down motion among the clutter.
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[User Picture]From: porsupah
2011-12-30 09:18 pm (UTC)
And indeed, a regular blink period is quite an effective attention getter - even a small LED or three is very easy to spot at 2Hz or so. Of course, a system like the above could just as well implement that, or a rapid growing and shrinking of the length, though that might even be a little too effective an attention-grabber, lest some driver approach too eagerly for a closer look. =:)
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[User Picture]From: porsupah
2011-12-30 09:36 pm (UTC)
I do like the idea of a werewolf violinist. ^_^ Maybe he and ysengrin should talk.. whilst he hasn't reached the $2k goal yet, I'm heartened to see he is half way there.

I think the aspect of Twine that caught my eye was less the sensors - where there probably remains some thought as to just how practical various types of sensor will be in real world usage - as the style of programming interface involved. Nifty hardware with a geeky UI is vastly less useful, in the grand scheme of things, than something with a more limited feature set and a UI whose demands are well thought through, as would seem to be the case there. It won't be the first such device, but it may well be the first to really hit the big time.
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[User Picture]From: shockwave77598
2011-12-30 09:48 pm (UTC)
Is it REALLY so hard to point LEDs forward from the fork? No Gforce sensor needed. No CPU needed. Just a battery, current regulator or white LED driver, and shine on you crazy diamond. Granted it doesn't look as COOL as this does. But it'll be just as bright for less than a quarter the price -- only .25 of the LEDs in this are shining on the road whereas 1.00 of the LEDs on the fork assembly would be pointed the right way.
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[User Picture]From: nicodemusrat
2012-01-02 05:37 am (UTC)
Besides the coolness factor (and that absolutely is a factor), I think this adds a lot more to the bike's visibility. Especially from the side, when you consider you have broad arcs of light reflecting off the rims.
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[User Picture]From: thump
2011-12-31 12:26 am (UTC)
Regardless of the project, I just love what Kickstarter is making possible!
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[User Picture]From: nicodemusrat
2012-01-02 05:39 am (UTC)
Agreed. Kickstarter itself and how straightforward it is -- that's a valuable tool. (It's powered, in part, by Amazon! But I'm uninvolved with that part of the company.)
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[User Picture]From: minnieme4rl
2012-01-01 04:33 pm (UTC)
Happy New Year! Will I see you at FC this year?
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[User Picture]From: nicodemusrat
2012-01-02 05:39 am (UTC)
A happy 2012 to you, as well! Kit and I will be down for FC, though just the con days rather than an extended trip. Hope to see you there! :)
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