CES 2013: Node Modular Sensor Hands-on by George Yu
A modular device, NODE communicates with smartphones via Bluetooth. Bluetooth requires less energy than Wifi and can send information directly to your Bluetooth enabled device. With new Bluetooth Low Energy, NODE can communicate with iPhone 4S and some Android phones at up to 50 meters with even less energy than conventional Bluetooth. With multiple NODEs networked in your home or office, you can control the different devices by your location.
Here are the basics of each NODE: Arduino compatible Lithium Polymer battery (650 mAh) 12-14 hours battery life with continuous Bluetooth use 2 MB memory 3-axis accelerometer 3-axis magnetometer 3-axis gyroscope Audio buzzer Bluetooth 2.1 or Bluetooth Low Energy 2 module ports 2 dimmable blue LEDs micro-USB for charging and firmware programming Open API, Open Firmware, Open Source Code The hardware of NODE is fixed, but we’ve left the firmware and API open and compatible with the Arduino platform. We’ll also provide you with the free NODE demo app source code. At Variable, we’re really big on making awesome tools and gadgets, but we’re also big on collaboration. We have fantastic imaginations, but we can’t imagine everything. That’s why we’ve left lots of room for you to control the behavior and applications of these quality sensors. We want to see how you would use them.