Packed With Sensors, Thingsee One Is Like an IoT Guinea Pig

A team of former Nokia product developers is turning an asset tracker they developed for logistics applications into a tool for testing IoT applications.
By Mary Catherine O'Connor

The Thingsee One, the specific device being developed via Kickstarter, contains three different wireless communication radios—2G quadband GPRS, Bluetooth and Wi-Fi—as well as seven different sensors for tracking everything from humidity to pitch, speed and light. It also comes with an OLED display and a rechargable battery that can last for up to a year on a single charge, and it can accommodate a subscriber identity module (SIM) card.

The Thingsee One is being developed to provide end users with three choices of how to use it. Haltian is creating both iOS and Android applications that will allow users to deploy a Thingsee One for a simple application, such as placing the device inside a shipment to track temperature or humidity levels. A second option would be to employ the Thingsee platform software development kit (SDK), which Haltian is also developing, that will enable an end user to program a bespoke web or mobile application using common programming protocols, such as Ruby on Rails or PHP. Lastly, end users can utilize the SDK to gain full control over the Thingsee hardware, using the C, C++ or Assembly programming language.

A deconstructed Thingsee One device
The earliest backers were able to secure a single Thingsee One device for a pledge of $149 or $199, but one must currently pledge at least $249, for a single unit with an estimated delivery date of April 2015. For a $499 pledge, backers receive the "Beta Special," which allows early access to the Thingsee SDK and a prototype Thingsee One, to be shipped next month. Once the final version of the device is complete, Haltian intends to replace it with a certified model.

At the $999 level, backers get a five-pack of Thingsee One devices. A ten-pack, meanwhile, will be shipped to backers who pledge $1,990.

Ylläsjärvi says he considers the Thingsee One pledge levels a very low cost of entry for corporate-development teams looking to test IoT applications. Before making a major investment, he explains, they can "first learn how to best use the Internet of Things… and better plan their future operations."

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