With a kickstarter funding goal of $35000 they reached $556,542 which should be more than enough to see Twine brought to life.

“Twine is a wireless module tightly integrated with a cloud-based service. The module has WiFi, on-board temperature and vibration sensors, and an expansion connector for other sensors. Power is supplied by the on-board micro USB or two AAA batteries (and Twine will email you when you need to change the batteries).

The Spool web app makes it simple to set up and monitor your Twines from a browser anywhere. You set rules to trigger messages — no programming needed. The rules are put together with a palette of available conditions and actions, and read like English: WHEN moisture sensor gets wet THEN tweet “The basement is flooding!” We’ll get you started with a bunch of rule sets, and you can share rules you create with other Twine owners.

Because the hardware and software are made for each other, setup is easy. There’s nothing to install — just point Twine to your WiFi network. Sensors are immediately recognized by the web app when you plug them in, and it reflects what the sensors see in real time, which makes understanding and testing your rules easy.


Right out of the box, Twine has an internal temperature sensor and accelerometer. We’re also making additional external sensors. That brings the initial total to:

  • internal temperature sensor
  • internal accelerometer (for vibration, impact, and motion detection)
  • a magnetic switch (useful for doors and anything else that moves)
  • moisture sensor (detect the presence of water)
  • breakout board — provides analog or digital input, power and ground (allows you to easily wire up other sensors that you think up — no soldering required!)

When you plug these into the multipurpose jack, they pop up on the web app ready for you to add to your rules.

If we go over our Kickstarter goal, we’ll be able to develop additional sensors for you to choose from (up to three). For every additional $10,000 we raise, we’ll offer our Kickstarters the chance to vote for another sensor. These might be an RFID reader, a pressure sensor or a current sensor.

Update: We went *way* over our original goal, so we’re going to be making all three of the new external sensors. Backers can expect to see the first poll soon.  We’ll put the projected cost and availability dates for each sensor in the poll.


Using our simple web app you can configure Twine to speak in a variety of ways.  At the moment we support:

  • Text messaging (SMS)
  • Twitter
  • Email
  • Configurable HTTP request (for fancy applications)

Each of these let you include sensor values (like the temperature) and your own text.”

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