Wimoto is a family of tiny, low-cost bluetooth sensors
Hardware keeps getting smaller and less expensive. A year and a half later Twine was a huge success on Kickstarter with a web-enabled sensor block that fit in the palm of your hand. Now the Wimoto is out at a fraction of the size and cost.
Wimoto just completed a successful campaign on Indiegogo, raising over $115,000 for their family of low-cost sensors, and took the interesting step of immediately launching another 30 day campaign. Wimotos are tiny (about an inch square), cheap ($99 for a three pack) and cover an impressive range of capabilities:
- “Climate” measures air temperature and humidity, as well as a light sensor
- “Grow” takes readings of soil temperature and moisture levels, as well as a light sensor
- “Thermo” has an infrared remote temperature sensor
- “Sentry” has an infrared motion sensor and an onboard accelerometer
- “Water” detects the presence of water, so useful to detect flooding or water level
Using Bluetooth low energy means the battery doesn’t need to be changed for a year, and the interface lives entirely in a smartphone app (both iPhone and Android). They’re also promising a wifi bridge device, so that the Bluetooth Wimotos can talk to the web without needing your phone.