Smart dust for sale

Dust Networks launched the sale of its first product today, the SmartMesh wireless mesh networking platform for enterprise-class monitoring and control solutions. The dust is in the form of motes--compact, ultra low-power wireless network devices that provide modular connections to a wide range of sensors and actuators.

Dust Networks launched the sale of its first product today, the SmartMesh wireless mesh networking platform for enterprise-class monitoring and control solutions. The dust is in the form of motes--compact, ultra low-power wireless network devices that provide modular connections to a wide range of sensors and actuators. Each mote is a complete, wireless subsystem outfitted with an antenna connector, serial interface, analog inputs, and digital inputs and outputs. The SmartMesh network allows data to hop from sensor to sensor, just like TCP/IP, and to feed the data to a hub. Founder Kris Pister says he's overcome the biggest barriers to the commercialization of this technology--the ability to scale up the wireless networks beyond a handful of motes and to run remote networking nodes on AA batteries that can