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Kickstarter Project “tōd:Connect Real World Actions to Mobile Devices and the Web”

The Kickstarter project “tōd:Connect Real World Actions to Mobile Devices and the Web” is now online, and I recommend all readers of my blog to visit the Kickstarter.com pages since I’m involved in this project as well.

For people who were interested in the location micro cells I created as my first BLE hardware can get some tōd’s since they can offer similar functionality without need to change the firmware. The location microcells were just a feasibility study on how to create a small hardware to communicate with an iPhone4S and are now discontinued after tōd has been announced.

Don’t worry, the BLE Shield is not discontinued! 🙂

4 Responses to Kickstarter Project “tōd:Connect Real World Actions to Mobile Devices and the Web”

  1. Jon April 27, 2012 at 22:24 #

    Michael,

    Thanks so much for all of your help!

    It was with great fortune and good timing that I came upon your work.

    You have been an invaluable team member in this process and can’t wait to see what the future holds for all of us here at tōd.

    Jon

  2. jan April 30, 2012 at 17:03 #

    Found the post and backed the project. I think most people don’t realize what you guys are creating and might mistake it for yet another internet of things project. This is a milestone and will be a facilitator for endless innovations and startups similar to what the Kinect has done. Will help to spread the word. Thanks for this great work.

    • Don May 3, 2012 at 22:19 #

      Jan Thanks for the comment, support and interaction on the project!

      With tōd we wanted to create something that was open, flexible and configurable. Something that could be anything throughout the day when needed. The Fitbit is cool when I’m jogging or biking and such, but after that it goes in the drawer. The Nio is great for tracking things, but then what. Both great products in their own right, but for the price tag we feel they could be sooo much more and that’s where we’re going with tōd.

      Singular or minimal use products are great, but with tōd Smart Beacons it can be what you need when you need it. You can also completely make it your own thanks to the Build Interaction and the API. That’s only the consumer side of things, for company marketing and interactions there is a large market as well.

      Of course we started with the DIY crowd in mind that wants to play with BLE or connect their projects to the web using the connections on the devices they already own. With such a wide variety of options, markets and possibilities it’s hard to nail down and explain the power of the tōd ecosystem. It’s almost too much.

      Anyway, we’re just getting started but we are VERY excited by the road we see ahead. We’re glad to have Michael on team tōd and appreciate all the support and feedback of our backers on Kickstarter.

      Don

  3. Tal Or May 12, 2012 at 08:09 #

    Dears,

    I am interested to integrate the TOD with my in-door application. The main concern here is if I want to install many TODs (more than 100 beacons) in less than 3 feet distance between each other, how would it affect the accuracy and reliability so my iPhone app will be able to identify each beacon location without any problem? Thanks. Tal.

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