In the future almost everything will be connected to the internet in some way or another, collecting data, and functioning off of commands received from the cloud, via mobile devices or other gadgets. The “Internet of Everything” is beginning to take off, but has been mostly geared towards the business sector in the early going. A Portuguese company, Ynvisible, aims to change this with a crowdfunding project they just launched on Kickstarter earlier today, for Printoo.
Printoo kits are a series of extremely thin, flexible Arduino compatible modules which can be inserted into tiny spaces of objects, connecting them to the internet, and performing other important functions. The modules are fully programmable, and anyone familiar with Arduino should not have a problem working with these kits. One of the main goals of Ynvisible, with Printoo, is to give 3D printer enthusiasts a way to easily add electronic components to their 3D prints, without having to compromise their designs. Currently there are 15 different modules which will be made available once funded. These include, but are not limited to a printed battery connector, a coin battery holder, DC motor drivers, a solar cell connector, a sensor module, a LED matrix, a Bluetooth module, and an Isorg slider. The list goes on, and will likely expand once the company is funded.
“We hope that by making this prototyping platform available to the growing community of makers and interactivity enthusiasts, we can help bring these novel printed electronics technologies out of research and development laboratories into the mainstream,” said Inês Henriques, Ynvisible´s CEO. “By making these technologies accessible, open and easy to work and play with, we hope to generate a wave of innovation to make the physical world smarter and more enjoyable.”
Ynvisible seeks to raise $20,000 by May 17th to begin the production and distribution of the Printoo modules. The kits are offered to backers of their Kickstarter project, for prices ranging from $45 to $550. Considering the fact that they have already raised about 13% of their goal, only hours after the launch, it’s safe to say that this project should be funded quite quickly.
This technology should help push the “Internet of Everything,” into the hands of everyday people, thus giving some incredible tools to those interested in 3D printing objects which need electronic components to operate. The DIY community will likely jump all over these kits.
Have you backed this project or intend to back it? Let’s hear from you at the Printoo forum thread. Check out the video below for further details on the Printoo kits that Ynvisible is making available right away.