NODE Sensor Platform

Don’t we all like sensors doing the magic around us ? Be it temperature, pressure, humidity, gas content, infrared sensors etc, it’s wonderful how sensors have made life easy for us. But for most of us, the behind-the-scenes is very scary. Not anymore. Presenting NODE by Variable Technologies.

NODE is a sensor platform which can be used to sense almost anything and displays the readings on your smartphone. It is a small device which can adopt the role of any sensor you wish, like a temperature sensor, a colour sensor or maybe even a motion sensing device. NODE comes with various interchangeable sensors which can have infinite applications. For now, the available sensors are Chroma (measures colours), Therma (measures any surface temperature using infrared thermometer), Clima (measures climatic conditions like pressure, humidity), Luma (a flashlight module) and Oxa (an industrial gas sensor). Oh and did I mention, you can also use it as a motion sensing game controller. The device lasts for about 30 days on a single charge and connects with your phones/tablets via Bluetooth.

What’s more exciting ? It’s an OPEN platform. So you, me or anyone can build the hardware and software for new applications. Let’s keep a watch where this one lands up in a few years from now. For more information check out the video below :

Makey Makey : Start inventing now

Ever wanted to invent something? Make something cool? Your solution has arrived : Makey Makey . A Kickstarter project by two MIT graduates, Jay Silver and Eric Rosenbaum, Makey Makey is a small chip which can be connected on one end to your computer and on the other anything that conducts electricity. Even a lit bit. You can then use Makey Makey in innovative ways as controller to play Pacman, Piano, Keyboard etc. The website shows some interesting ideas to inspire you. The kit sells for approx. $50  (shipping charges extra). Check out the video & images below :