About this project
Thingsee One is the first smart developer device that gives anyone the chance to build and use their own Internet of Things. The exceptionally durable device is packed with a wide variety of sensors, mobile connectivity, and a battery that can last up to one year. The Thingsee mobile application lets you easily set up and monitor any number of devices.
There are as many possible use cases as there are users. You can find some of the use cases on Twitter under the hashtag #mythingsee. Tweet us your own idea and win a Thingsee One!
“With #mythingsee I would like to experiment how to use #IoT to make the transportation system safer by monitoring speed & breaking distance” @tiwaash
“I plan to use my #mythingsee (accesible UI+easy mode switching) for a Makerclub, unleash kids #IoT creativity, for the really bright ideas!” @lornagoulden
“Planning on using my #mythingsee for datacollection that will end up in GPX files as a basis of improving OpenStreetMaps if precise enough” @cyberzeddk
All software needs hardware to run, and hardware is also a core enabler in all Internet of Things solutions. Having run dozens of hardware projects ourselves at Nokia and now at Haltian, we know that developing your own hardware can be a drag: it's costly and takes a lot of work. Hacking on current developer boards is fun, but they don't make it easy to build solutions that can handle more challenging conditions, or solutions that can be commercialized.
Thingsee One saves time and money by offering a reasonably priced developer device for IoT makers, or for people who just want to use it straight out of box for a specific use case by simply configuring it via our mobile app. It's designed for mobility with cellular connectivity, waterproof mechanics and long battery life. There really hasn’t been a product like this before: for the first time, you can use the same device for development, business and everyday purposes.
Put Thingsee One anywhere and it'll work tirelessly for you. Thingsee One knows what is happening around it and instantly informs you of any important events. It monitors the temperature, if it's dark or light, or if it's raining. It knows when it is moved, with what speed and the exact location. It tells you if someone kicks it or touches it softly, if it's tilted or rolling around. And if that's not enough for you, you can easily configure Thingsee One to monitor other things as well. www.thingsee.com
Interested in IoT but not familiar with programming? You can experience the power of the Internet of Things with Thingsee's simple mobile application. Just give Thingsee One a purpose of your own by choosing from a variety of tasks ranging from simply following the temperature and humidity, to keeping up with your kid's driving habits or setting it up to monitor your boat's movements. Configure it remotely to change its purpose on the go, and play with Thingsee One to explore new ways to use it to its full potential. You can control multiple devices with just one application.
You can easily build your own web services and mobile applications on top of Thingsee One. We provide you with the Thingsee Backend SDK to help you get started. It's based on NodeJS and the open source Meshblu platform. We will also provide code examples to get you started.
You can also use your favourite language or framework to build your own web apps or services. Use NodeJS, Ruby on Rails, PHP or any other tools you’re familiar with. The device can send the data over HTTP. We're working hard to enable more protocols as we speak.
Get full hardware control and the necessary support documentation to aid you through the SW development phase with Thingsee Device SDK. Go deep and extend the capabilities of the device software using C, C++ or Assembly. Get to your first proof-of-concept fast with a high-quality device and the support of the developer community. The Thingsee One device software is based on open source RTOS which will be delivered as an open source Github project.
Thingsee One’s origins are in an asset tracking product that we started developing in late 2013. The first early phase prototype was ready in February 2014 and the second prototype was done later that spring. We conducted pilots with both working prototypes, following the data through our demo web UI built for the product. The pilots proved to be successful: we were able to follow the location, temperature, speed and impact data from the device that was attached to container shipped from Finland to Central Europe.
After the successful pilots we noticed that we could do much more with the idea and decided to steer the project to another direction: providing new kind of hardware that would make developing for IoT much easier.
After changing the scope of the project we focused on the hardware design, especially size optimization. During October 2014 we were able to shrink the device to better suit its current, more broader use. At the same time we also added more sensors, and modified the software stack to be more oriented toward development work, making it open source and providing support documentation for users.
As you can see in video above, we currently have a working prototype that sends sensor data to our backend, and the data is displayed on our 3D demo application.
As for the software, the device hardware drivers and initial R&D enablers are ready, the device communicates wirelessly with our backend service and sends data from the main sensors.
Our current prototype looks like this:
Evolution of our prototypes:
We are now at a stage where we are finalising the design for both hardware and mechanics and there’s still work to be done in both device software and web and mobile app software. We are in the middle of making the Thingsee mobile app for iOS and Android, and we have the API for open source development work.
On hardware side we are optimizing the PWB layout design and the mechanics construction and fine-tuning the ID.
We will continue with the mobile application design during the campaign. We plan to have the iOS application ready in February, followed by the Android application in March. We will also continue our work with the device software and the support documentation for developers.
The next prototype build with a finalized design will be done in December. We will have a pre-build of prototypes on wk48, after which we'll start testing them. A second part of the prototype build, out of which the beta devices will be shipped, will be done early January.
After testing we'll have time to add some finishing touches before the last prototype build in February 2015. The type approvals will be initiated after this build, and the plan is to get the FCC and CE certifications by end of March.
Once the certification process is done, we'll start the volume production and shipments to our backers early April.
We will ship 100 beta devices in January 2015. We will provide a prototype device and early access to our Thingsee developer community with support documentation. In April 2015 we will replace the beta prototype with a certified Thingsee One device.
We are building a global community around Thingsee, and you can be one of the first ones to join us! We will share documentation and examples of both device SW and web SW development at our community website.
Haltian, the company developing Thingsee One, is a rapidly growing design service start-up from Finland. All the people behind Thingsee One have made long careers in the mobile device business and have brought dozens of devices to market. We know our way around SW and HW, and how to make the two meet in a high-quality mobile device. With Thingsee One we’ve been able to put our collective competence to work, creating a device that may well exceed even our own expectations.
$1 - Screen saver
$25 - Thingsee One T-shirt
$149 - Super Early Bird: Thingsee One for a super early bird pledge.
$199 - Early Bird: Thingsee One for an early bird pledge.
$249 - Early Adopter Special: Thingsee One.
$299 - Thingsee One pre-order price.
$499 - Beta Special: early access to the Thingsee SDK and a prototype Thingsee One shipped in January 2015. The prototype will be replaced with a certified Thingsee One device in April.
$999 - Developer pack 5: a pack of five Thingsee One devices.
$1990 - Developer team pack 10: a pack of ten Thingsee One devices.
$105 000: Thingsee at your service
If $105 000 will be raised during this campaign, we'll create a tutorial video teaching you how to integrate Thingsee One with a NodeJS server and the WeMo switch to create you first IoT service. We will share all the code and other materials with all our backers.
$110 000: Thingsee goes Unreal
If we manage to raise $110 000, we’ll create an integration between Thingsee One and Unreal engine that shows examples of using the sensors as a part of an augmented virtual environment. We will share the integration as well as a video tutorial that shows exactly how everything was built.
We believe in our product. However, for Thingsee One to become all it can be we need you to believe in our product too and become backers.
We’ve done the math and set our goal at 99 000 USD. That’s the amount we know would let us proceed with production tooling and material orders, and prepare for the production of larger volumes. We’re experts in design and productization, and we have the experience of dozens of successful product programs to back us up on our numbers.
We also need your valuable feedback. Post your comments or ask questions about Thingsee One, either publicly or with a private message or email. Share your ideas and possible use cases so that people can see the true versatility or our product.
We appreciate all the help we can get. If you can't back our project, you can still help by spreading the message and sharing our Kickstarter campaign on Twitter, Facebook and your networks!
Get involved and help bring Thingsee One to market as soon as possible for you and everyone to enjoy!
HaltianTM is a trademark and Thingsee® is a registered trademark of Haltian Oy. Haltian reserves all right, title and interest in the design and all other intellectual property rights included in Thingsee® One.
You may, at your option, disclose to and share with Haltian ideas or proposals on how to improve or modify the Thingsee One and its functions. By choosing to disclose and share your idea or proposal, you give Haltian all title and ownership and all intellectual property rights to such idea or proposal if Haltian implements it.
Risks and challenges
With our long experience in working with challenging consumer electronics products, we have a solid understanding of the risks and challenges we will be facing while completing a product and having it ready to be shipped.
We have already manufactured several versions of working prototypes and successfully piloted the product in an asset tracking use case. Now we are finalising the design for both hardware and mechanics, continuing the work with software and designing the Thingsee mobile app.
We have planned our actions for the remaining product development carefully and trust that we can finish the product and start shipments accordingly. However, there is always a possibility that something unexpected happens along the way. If so, you will be the first to know. We will be sending you updates and keep you posted on our progress!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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