Smart phones are basically little computers that can do almost anything you want. Part of their power lies in the multitude of sensors such as the gyroscope, accelerometer, GPS, camera, microphone, or a combination of more than one of these features. Unfortunately, the fact that these sensors are all inside the smart phone, making them useless for monitoring other devices. Now, however, due to NODE, which was developed by Variable Technologies, this may all change.
NODE IS about the size of a C-cell battery and includes a magnetometer, a gyroscope, and a 3-axis accelerometer as well as an audio buzzer and two blue LEDs for output. NODE has 2MB of memory and features a micro-USB port for updating and charging the battery. NODE gets around 12-14 hours of battery time on each charge. Finally, Bluetooth reception and transmission to a linked computer or smartphone can be accomplished at distances up to 164 feet away.
This miraculous little device comes equipped with ports at both ends to allow for connection of other sensors that are currently under development. One of these, the Oxa module, senses multiple gases. The Luma module serves as a programmable flashlight that provides flashing patterns and intensities defined by the user. A final module, the Clima, measures wind speed, temperature, barometric pressure, and humidity. Just imagine all of the things you could do with these great add-ons, especially in times of an emergency.
As if that wasn’t enough, there are even more modules in the works to be released in the future. People who own a NODE can expect to see the availability of inrared transceivers and thermometers, chemical sensors, and radiation detectors. All firmware, application programming interface, and source code will be open-source, so the possibilities of other great modules from other sources is very high.
While all of this sounds very sci-fi super cool, could the average person actually find some use for the NODE and its modules? To be honest, the possibilities are almost limitless. You could use it to get weather and wind chill information before heading outside, to determine your location, weather, and elevation when hiking or camping, to inspect your home, to let you know when the dryer finishes running, to use with motion-sensitive games, and much, much more. The capabilities are enough to meet all of the tasks your imagination can come up with.
At this time the developer is trying to get funding for product development. If you would like to help make this come to the market, visit Kickstarter and make a pledge of $175. This donation will guarantee you one of the first Android or iPhone compatible NODES if and when they finally reach production. This is a golden opportunity for all true techno-junkies that like to be in with all the latest gadgets. Even if you aren’t planning on pledging, be on the lookout for NODE to hit the markets and get yours quickly before the rush starts.
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