The "Internet of Things" concept stipulates that soon, all of our everyday objects will be smart -- that is, have sensors and Internet connectivity embedded in them -- and allow us to make nodes of and collect data from virtually anything.
The first examples are already here: Internet-connected televisions, intelligent kitchen appliances and, of course, your smartphone.
To speed this transition along, two MIT Media Lab alumni operating under the name Supermechanical are producing a sensor-laden, connected square called "Twine" that can be used to apply these principles to otherwise dumb household objects.
The 2.5-inch rubberized square has a temperature sensor and accelerometer (moisture, pressure, current and RFID sensors, as well as a mechanical switch, are all additional options) and can send an SMS, Tweet, e-mail or HTTP request under certain conditions, such as when a door is opened or a room reaches a certain temperature.
It's a sensor pack for the masses.
In many ways Twine is rudimentary, but it's a solid step toward creating an off-the-shelf platform that other vendors could incorporate into existing products. (Or, an endlessly entertaining holiday gift for those of us who spent our childhoods rigging projects of dubious value.) We dig it.
This post was originally published on Smartplanet.com