Twine: Listen to your world, talk to the Internet
Pledged: $556,541 of $35,000 goal
Funded: Jan. 3, 2012
Twine is a 2.5-inch square containing two AA batteries that run for months. Twine can be set up with several sensors to detect moisture, temperature, or its physical orientation. Without needing to be programmed, it then uses its own internal Wi-Fi to alert you via e-mail, text, Twitter, or other methods, if the front door is opened, your basement is flooded, or what the temperature is outside your house.
The startup, which began at MIT’s Media Lab and rented office space at the Globe during the Kickstarter campaign, has since moved to Austin, Texas. According to the company’s Facebook page, it started shipping the products in late September. Soon after the Kickstarter campaign ended, Boston.com’s Innovation Economy blogger, Scott Kirsner, wrote about it: “Combined with pre-orders placed through Supermechanical’s website, [one of the founders] says they’ll be making more than 5,000 Twine devices in their first run.” Now that they’re in the groove, Supermechanical is starting to sell its product on Amazon.com, though in early January it appeared they were out of stock.