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Node-ify Brings IoT to Homes at Low Cost

Palo Alto Innovation intends to release its product later this year, using BLE and LoRa technologies to capture sensor data, ranging from water leak detection to an opened door or refrigerator temperature, in the cloud.
By Claire Swedberg
Mar 12, 2019

California-based technology startup Palo Alto Innovation is launching a low-cost Internet of Things (IoT) solution known as Node-ify that employs Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) and long-range (LoRa) technologies to allow consumers to manage products around their home.

The system includes a gateway known as the Node-ify Core, as well as Axon sensors, which are currently in prototype only, and the company plans to launch the solution later this year for preorders. The products are expected to be made commercially available by early next year, the firm predicts. The system is designed to make "dumb" products smart via a single universal device, the company explains. The firm offers an easy, modular installation with sensors that can be used for a wide variety of functions throughout the house.

Node-ify Axon sensors
Palo Alto Innovation was founded in 2015 as a consumer gadgets designer aimed at solving everyday problems. Its products include a smart clock known as the Sandman Doppler. The Node-ify technology was envisioned by Alex Tramiel, the company's co-founder and CEO, as a solution for simple household problems. Tramiel says he was struck by how difficult it was to remember tasks like brushing his teeth when he was younger.

"I had terrible dental hygiene as kid," Tramiel recalls. "My issue was remembering to brush." Instead of requiring a parent to check a child's toothbrush to find out if he or she has used it, Tramiel conjectured that technology could solve the problem if it could track the toothbrush's movements. To that end, he developed the idea of a weight sensor built into a cup in which the toothbrush would be stored, with a wireless connection to capture data about the brush's use.

However, Tramiel thought, a solution of value would need to do more. "I wanted a product that was ubiquitous," he explains, "so I decided to make the expansion board to allow other sensors to be used on the same software platform." The result is the Node-ify system, which comes with Axon sensors that can capture a variety of measurements.

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