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Verve 2 is like Arduino for people without programming skills


August 28, 2014

The Verve 2, along with some of its sensors and other peripherals

The Verve 2, along with some of its sensors and other peripherals

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For tinkerers and people who love programming complicated projects, devices like the Raspberry Pi and Arduino are amazing, but for those without technical knowledge, they can be a terrifying proposition. A new device called Verve 2 aims to bring the functionality of these devices to the masses without the need for programming skills.

The crux of a lot of cool projects you see developed using Arduino is the device itself, along with some connected sensors. From there, someone with electronics and programming knowledge writes the code that tells the system what to do when the sensors detect something. The general idea for Verve 2 is the same, except it doesn't require the programming step.

Once the sensors are connected to the Verve 2 unit, which is itself connected to a computer, the application allows users to translate data from the sensors to things like text messages, emails, keyboard strokes, IFTTT triggers, and more. The app allows users to set this up by simply moving sliders and tweaking menu inputs, which means anyone can get in on the fun.

The full package comes with 10 different sensors, so users can keep track of things like force, touch, button presses, light, turning, motion, magnets, sound, and temperature. There's also a DIY sensor available for users who are a little more comfortable with electronics and programming.

With these sensors, for example, one could locate the motion sensor next to a place they don't want their kids to go, and they could set up the app to alert them if movement is detected in that area. That's just a small example, and with the amount of sensors this kit is promising to offer, it will come down to the creativity of the user.

inXus Interactive, the company behind Verve 2, is seeking funding on Kickstarter and it's already met its US$10,000 goal. Backers interested in ordering a full kit can do so for a pledge of $120. The team is also offering packages with fewer sensors starting at $45.

The Kickstarter pitch video below provides more information and shows the device in use.

Sources: inXus, Kickstarter

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