Here at Delegator, we’re slightly obsessed with the latest and greatest in geek technology. Whether its our resident neck-beard painstakingly showing us every single android feature that is better than its iOS counterpart, or our yuppiest of project managers downloading the latest social aggregator on his iPad mini, we pretty much have an epic collection of techy toys. That’s why we are extremely excited about a local tech company that we’re working with: Variable Technologies.
These guys are the real deal. Led by George Yu, a PhD engineering wiz out of Georgia Tech, Variable Technologies produces a modular sensory device called NODE.
NODE is a sleek and powerful bluetooth device that sends a wide array of data sets to your smartphone.
As illustrated, NODE is comprised of a core unit aptly named Kore, and has 2 open slots at either end which can be configured with any two modules. Even without two modules attached, Kore is loaded, boasting a motion engine, a gyroscope, accelerometer, and magnetometer. Combine this with all the module offerings, and you’ve got yourself a powerhouse.
A sampling of the sensory options you have with NODE:
NODE features some differentiators that we think could be game changing:
1. It’s modular
Variable Tech produces a wide variety of sensors, with a ton still in R&D. All of the module sensors are compatible with the central unit - Kore. Simply screw on whichever sensor you are interested in using, and you can immediately start collecting data.
2. It’s smartphone based
These days, everyone has a smartphone; especially professionals. Choosing a widely owned and popular platform lowers barriers to market adoption. Whether it's for small, niche companies, or massive corporate quality control, it doesn’t take much to equip your team with this device and begin collecting valuable data.
3. It’s cheap
In the realm of handheld sensors, NODE costs a fraction of what other, enterprise level sensory devices cost, and it collects a comparable caliber of data.
Variable Technologies is on a hot streak right now - wrapping up second of two very successful Kickstarters. They have been all over tech blogs (TechCrunch, Gizmag, and many more), and have recently interviewed with Forbes, Wired, and Popular Mechanics.
Based on current web trends and the rising obsession with mobile, it's hard to imagine that Variable Tech's NODE won't soon be changing the way businesses standardize their field data collection. Heck, maybe we'll even see NODE on Mary Meeker's 2013 trends summary!
We hope you’ll be as excited to watch these guys evolve as we are!
Web - VariableTech.com
Twitter - @VariableTech
Facebook - NODE