Pebble Tied to Twine, Smartwatch Linked to Everyday ObjectsTwo popular Kickstarter projects have now been tied together. Twine, an initiative to make everyday objects able to communicate wirelessly with computers, has now managed to tie its hardware to the Pebble smartwatch.
We have talked about the Pebble before. It is a record-setting smart watch that ties to your smartphone and is capable of pulling and pushing data back and forth. We’ve seen examples of it used for controlling music, as a bike computer, for run tracking, and more.
Twine, meanwhile, is something completely different. It is a platform of sensors that tie themselves remotely to your network. These include vibration sensors (that sense both the start and stopping of vibrations), temperature sensors, tilt sensors, a magnetic sensor (for doors and such) and a moisture sensor. The actions that take place when the sensors are activated are configured using a simple webapp, and they can pipe data over SMS, Twitter, email or a configurable HTTP stream. and now, they can pipe data to your Pebble via your smartphone.
This may sound a bit niche, but if you are the least bit of a hacker or home automation nut, this is a dream come true. As an example application, the Twine team demoed a setup that alerts you via your Pebble any time someone is at the door. Using a vibration sensor you could do the same thing for your washing machine and dryer, or if it starts raining outside (via the moisture sensor). And these are just a few of ideas of what these two things could do together.
Both the Twine and the Pebble are still under development. Twine finished up its Kickstarter January 3rd, though they are behind schedule. Much like the Pebble, their product ended up far more popular than they expected. They went from expecting to have to make 400 Twine sensors to having 6,000 to make.
But if you like the idea of these two devices combined together, your wait won’t be too much longer. Both teams expect to have their devices out before next year, with Twine expecting the devices to be ready within a few months.