It used to be the case that a human being could see with their eyes, feel with their skin and hear with their ears. But now our species is so deadset on becoming chair-bound internet plug-ins with holograms of ever-looping cat videos embedded in our eyelids, there is simply no more time for stuff like "experiencing" and "living". This is why Twine, created by robots engineers John Kestner and David Carr, can be configured to tweet you when your doorbell rings, email when your car is unlocked, and even message when your handsome neighbour is shirtless or call when your cat is dreaming of food. (note: cannot guarantee it can do the last two things). The Twine is a way to become truly reliant on technology so we never have to learn when plants need water, how to fix the garage door, or where the trash goes.
"Twine is a wireless sensor block tightly integrated with a cloud-based service. The durable, rubbery block has WiFi, on-board temperature and orientation sensors, and an expansion connector for other sensors. Power is supplied by micro USB or two AAA batteries (and Twine will email you when you need to change the batteries)."
"The Twine web app makes it simple to set up and monitor your Twines from a browser anywhere. You set rules to trigger messages — no programming needed. The rules are put together with a palette of available conditions and actions, and read like English: WHEN moisture sensor gets wet THEN text "The basement is flooding!" We'll get you started with a bunch of rule sets, and you can share rules you create with other Twine owners."
"Right out of the box, Twine has an internal temperature sensor and accelerometer for orientation detection. Additional external sensors plug into the multipurpose jack, and pop up on the web app ready for you to add to your rules."
The Twine comes with a temperature sensor, orientation controls, a magnetic switch, moisture sensor and breakout board. For a little extra, it can come with a soul.
"Because the hardware and software are made for each other, setup is easy. There's nothing to install — just point Twine to your WiFi network. Sensors are immediately recognized by the web app when you plug them in, and it reflects what the sensors see in real time, which makes understanding and testing your rules easy."
You can request the way in which Twine communicates to but currently your options are limited to email, messaging, twitter and HTTP request. In the future, it may also be able to speak to you in the voice of Morgan Freeman, sing like a little child or even get up and boogie like a dancing queen everytime your laundry is done.
The MTI graduates raised their financial goal and began funding the project last year. Here is their Kickstarter video, explaining the inner workings of Twine:
A Twine can be ordered over at Supermechanical.