Interesting product. Implementing this connectivity at the microcontroller level definitely opens up possibilities on how to communicate information from inexpensive field devices. Will be interesting to see what types of applications emerge to use this technology. Thanks.
OK, I get that you can mount one of these Pinocchio's within minutes, onto say, my refrigerator or my dishwasher. But you also need to have a very refined set of engineering skills to enable your refrigerator to feed Pinocchio any data. Say the Milk is empty (need a pressure sensor installed in the door tray) or the temperature is too warm (hopefully the existing thermostat is Pinocchio-compatible) . Point being, while Pinocchio can be set up and online in minutes, it will not be "seamless" or simple to feed Pinocchio any worthwhile data without additional installation of various sensors. Does the company also offer a line of commonly used thermocouples, weight or vision sensors?
Hi, JimT, I think the idea of tying it to Arduino is how Pinoccio is meant to be more easily installed. There is probably detailed information the company's website that can help answer some of these questions. Try this link: http://pinocc.io/faq
I agree, Chuck, this is definitely a trend that is starting to emerge and could be a real opportunity for some creative folks to take advantage of. Right now there seem to be small players and startups trying to get in on the action but I imagine eventually bigger companies will build this technology directly into existing components, if they aren't starting to do that already.
A neat idea, and nice to read about it here. But alas, is currently not an actual anything (at least, not anything yet).
FYI this is a crowd funded effort, that is not yet shipping. No info on their web pages I could find (sometimes I do miss the obvious, so be kind if I have) suggests when it will ship (although you could register so they will notify you when it does become available). Please, next time, include availability and contextual information in the post. Otherwise, as always, a nice post.
It will definitely be neat to see who comes up with what to take advantage of all this new technology. I like the idea that it will be several people trying to come up with stuff rather than just one company that owns the keys to the technology. Several minds will come up with better solutions than just one.
Thanks for the feedback, 3drob, I will include those details next time. Sorry for the omission. I suppose it would be good for people to know they can sign up to receive information and the product when it's available!
What should be the perception of a product’s real-world performance with regard to the published spec sheet? While it is easy to assume that the product will operate according to spec, what variables should be considered, and is that a designer obligation or a customer responsibility? Or both?
Biomimicry has already found its way into the development of robots and new materials, with researchers studying animals and nature to come up with new innovations. Now thanks to researchers in Boston, biomimicry could even inform the future of electrical networks for next-generation displays.
Focus on Fundamentals consists of 45-minute on-line classes that cover a host of technologies. You learn without leaving the comfort of your desk. All classes are taught by subject-matter experts and all are archived. So if you can't attend live, attend at your convenience.