You want it, you need it, you have asked for it and now: you have it. A truly legendary device created by two MIT Media Lab Grads: David Carr and John Kestner can remove a lot of worries and anxiety from your life. Now you can monitor your devices and environment of your house while on the go without even a slightest nerd degree. It’s the simplest way to get the objects in your life tweeting or emailing.

About The Magic Box:

Twine is a 2.5” marvel square with temperature and vibration sensors embedded in it along with a magnetic switch. Twine is powered by the on board micro USB or two AAA batteries. It also sports an extra slot for connecting it with other sensors and is wifi-enabled which connects it to the web.

How It Works:

Twine is a wireless module with wifi and integrated with a cloud based service. The Spool web app enables you to monitor and control your twines regardless of the fact in which part of the world you are in.

You just need to set some rules for its working mind you, no coding skills required and that’s it. One might, for example, compose the rule, “WHEN moisture sensor gets wet then tweet, ‘The basement is flooding!’”

There’s nothing to install — just point Twine to your WiFi network. Sensors are immediately recognized by the web app when you plug them in and it reflects what the sensors see in real time, which makes understanding and testing your rules easy.

Sensors :Sense Organs Of Your Inanimate World

  • Thermometer: Measures the temperature. Is your fridge breaking down?

  • Accelerometer: Detects vibration,impact,motion and orientation. Has your mail arrived? Is someone knocking at the door?

  • Magnetic Switch: Senses the movement of a magnet when it is moved towards or away from it. Is your mother awake? Is someone trying to break in?

  • Moisture Sensor: Detects the presence of water. Is your basement flooding?


Besides these sensors there can be many other like weight or heat sensor which you can plug into your twine and its use can be as vivid and varied as your imagination can think of.



Once the information goes online, you can configure spool to respond and give output through various channels like twitter, email, text message and configurable http request.

After going through above mentioned dumbfounding features, your mind must be engaged in thinking of various techniques and places where twine can be put into use. One of the most out of box usage mailed to Twine’s creators is  from a gentleman who operates ice machines around a city. He plans to put weight sensors under the machines and then have Twine text him where there are only ten bags of ice left in the machine. That way he doesn’t have to drive around all of the time to keep track of which machines need to be refilled.

One can not always listen to his/her heart especially when your pocket is pinching.Fortunately this is not the case with Twine, it is reasonably priced at under $100, which makes it a good buy.


Contributed by Aditya Jalan.

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