Thingsee aims to bring the Internet of Things to everyone
The Finnish company Haltian plans to democratise the Internet of Things using their Thingsee project.
It is a product and service limited only by your ingenuity. The Finnish company Haltian says the service can alert you when the mailman arrives, send car telemetry for amateur rally drivers or even track a balloon’s flight. This is Thingsee One, a unique approach to the Internet of Things.
“Thingsee One is the world’s first smart developer device,” says Ville Ylläsjärvi, co-founder of Haltian and head of the Thingsee project. “The same device can be used for both development and testing the solution. The best thing is that companies might start their business with Thingsee One – with no investment in hardware R&D.”
The Internet of Things is the interconnection of uniquely identifiable computing devices. Ylläsjärvi explains that it consists of three parts: the hardware device, the backend data and the frontend application. Thingsee provides all three, and it aims to be so simple that even novices can use it.
“For the first time people with no prior experience can explore the Internet of Things with Thingsee and our mobile application. People with a very specific problem can use it with our mobile app without any technical experience,” Ylläsjärvi explains.
The look of the hardware is reminiscent of an old smartphone, which makes sense as Haltian is staffed by former Nokia employees. The device communicates wirelessly and includes a GPS locator, gyroscope and magnetometer. Additionally it has a variety of sensors which detect light, pressure, temperature and humidity.
“Thingsee can be used in unlimited ways. People interested in embedded software development can create great software on a high quality open-source developer platform. People planning to build an Internet of Things service or application can use Thingsee One as their hardware. The Industrial Internet is just one market segment where it can be used as a hardware platform for system integration and development.”
The company began business analysis and concept development in May 2013 and the current device has been under development since the beginning of 2014. To help get the project going Haltian has embarked on a crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter.
“The first beta devices will be shipped to Kickstarter backers in mid-January 2015 and commercial shipments are planned for early April 2015,” Ylläsjärvi continues. “At first we are selling through our own web store, but we are already in talks with retailers around the world.”
The idea has already captured the attention of large American technology websites like Tech Crunch, and the Finns are pleased with the crowdfunding response so far.
“During the first few days of the Kickstarter campaign we have had an overwhelming amount of interest globally and in less than three days we reached 50 per cent of our original target. It looks like others besides us think that Thingsee might be useful for a lot of innovations,” he concludes.
Text: David J. Cord