The TWINE Hath Arrived!
Last Thursday, I received my TWINE. It’s a beautiful device and it’s one worth waiting for.
I also love the case. You can tell they spent a lot of time on it, because it’s molded quite nicely and even has instructions embossed on it. Once you get the AA batteries installed you are all set to start configuring it.
What’s the best thing about the TWINE so far? Well, the simplicity of the device. Setup and configuration is really easy. You flip it over to configure it, type in some basic info, and connect to a WiFi and you’re all set.
Then, depending on what kickstarter you enrolled in, you can get it responding to temperature, moisture, or orientation, etc just by configuring a really easy web-based GUI. The UI reminds me of the Scratch programming environment. Electric Imp is doing something similar, and there are others. There’s a lot of activity in providing very easy to use, web based, “node-based” programming environments these days. I think I even saw one for Arduino on kickstarter, or perhaps elsewhere.
Back to TWINE. With my TWINE, I chose to go with the breakout board option. I have a ton of electronic sensors to hook up. A lot of them I got from SparkFun, Adafruit, Seeed, and even some other smaller OEMs (i.e. I ordered a 100 piece sensor kit from China for less than 50 bucks which has pretty much everything: accelerometers, temp, light, etc).
The next step is to write some tutorials for TWINE about what I’ve been doing with it. Stay tuned.