Kickstarter is just awesome – everyday I am amazed by the creativity of people. Using the power of crowdsourcing to gain funds for your projects: this is what Kickstarter can give you. As a contributor, you get the chance to participate in the starting days of some awesome start-ups. And this is what Thermodo wants to achieve – to become an awesome start-up.
Just like the title already explained – Thermodo is currently a Kickstarter project (fully funded in the first 7 hours!) that wants to transform your iPhone, iPad and Android device into a thermometer, or, to put it more correctly, to give it thermometer abilities. Thermodo has all the characteristics of becoming a very successful product – it is simple, it is small, the concept is great and it is not that expensive.
Thermodo plugs in your iPhone’s headphone jack
This is great and really easy to use – Thermodo is tiny and plugs into your iPhone’s jack; how ingenious! Thermodo measures the external and interior temperature of the room or of the surrounding environment. At the time of the writing, Thermodo had managed to gather more than $120, 000 in less than 2 days since the project has officially launched on Kickstarter! It will be curious to see just how much money will the project manage to raise. This is how the Thermodo sensor works, according to the Robocat team itself:
Thermodo consists of a passive temperature sensor built into a standard 4 pole audio jack enclosed by a sturdy housing. This allows your mobile device to read Thermodo’s temperature straight from the audio input. Thermodo sends an audio signal through the temperature sensor. This sensor will then attenuate the signal amplitude depending on the actual temperature. This attenuation can now be detected on the microphone input and through software we calculate the corresponding temperature.
Probably one of the reasons why Thermodo is so successful is because the audience has already been accustomed to this concept through Nest, a smart iOS thermostat. Unfortunately for those interested in this concept and also looking to save a few bucks, the cheapest offer on Kickstarter, has already been filled up. 200 early bakers, for only 19 dollars, got their chance to receive a black Thermodo device. If you pledge $1, you will have your name mentioned on the website.
Here are other pledge amounts that are still availble, read what comes with them. Also, be aware that for shipping outside the U.S, you’ll have to pay between $10 – $15.
- $25+ black or white Thermodo
- $39+ premium anodized aluminum Thermodo
- $55+ black or white Thermodo & Robocat T-shirt and sticker
- $69+ premium anodized aluminum Thermodo & Robocat T-shirt and sticker
- $99+ black or white Thermodo. Access to the beta companion app for iOS. Early access to the SDK
- $119+ premium anodized aluminum Thermodo. Access to the beta companion app for iOS. Early access to the SDK
- $139+ black or white Thermodo & Robocat T-shirt and sticker, early access to SDK and iOS app + a signed thanks from the team
- $249+ premium anodized aluminum Thermodo with your name lasered into it & Robocat T-shirt and sticker, early access to the beta of the iOS app + SDK and a signed thanks from the team
- $999+ Everything from “PERSONALIZED PREMIUM” + Copenhagen for a day, see the Robocat studio and have a dinner with the team!
- $2,999+ Get everything in the “PERSONALIZED PREMIUM” and help us improve the product. Contact Robocat before pledging
Robocat has a few surprises prepared if they’ll manage to receive even more funds than they currently have. The Android companion app is almost certain, since they will release that once they will hit $125, 000. At $250, 000, the team has said to bring a new color to Thermodo – fiery red. So, those who pledge $25 or more, will be able to choose red. $500, 000 seems to be the bottom line for Robocat and it should bring anodized aluminum materials instead of plastic!
Robocat is also bringing a Software Developer Kit (SDK) that will allow developers to play around with it, because it’s open source. By the end of August, 2013, if everything goes well for the team behind Thermodo, this should be already a commercially available product. Of course, Kickstarter backers will get early access. Oh, and by the way, Thermodo will measure temperatures between -20° C and +50° C (-5º F to 120º F).