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Brief Published: 12 Jan 2012



Twine – created by Massachusetts Institute of Technology Media Lab graduates David Carr and John Kestner – is a tiny gizmo with a big, internet-filled future.

The 2.5-inch plastic square is designed to get the inanimate objects in your life e-mailing, talking and tweeting. It comes with Wi-Fi connectivity, internal and external sensors, and AAA batteries to keep Twine running for months. And don’t worry – the device will e-mail you to tell you when it needs new ones.

To get Twine talking, users download the accompanying Spool web app, which allows you to monitor and programme your Twine from anywhere. They then set ‘rules’ to trigger messages – for example, the device can be programmed to tweet “the basement is flooding” when the moisture sensor gets wet.

The beauty of this software is its simplicity; the versatile web app allows anyone to create internet-connected systems for physical computing that’s fun. Thanks to Carr and Kestner’s very successful Kickstarter campaign, Twine will be available in early 2012.