David Carr, Supermechanical

Supermechanical is a Kickstarter success story whose goal is to give everyday objects a voice on the Internet.

Co-founders David Carr and John Kestner worked together in the Information Ecology program at MIT Media Lab on projects that sought to connect the digital and physical world in meaningful ways.

An early example is their Proverbial Wallet project, which allows your wallet to monitor bank account balances and provide tactile feedback when funds are getting low.

In late 2011 they announced Twine, a small plastic square that promised to “connect your things to the Internet, without a nerd degree.” In just over a month they raised half a million dollars from almost 4,000 backers on Kickstarter. Most recently at SXSW in 2013, Supermechanical introduced Twine Cloud Shield, a Twine connector that triggers actions from an Arduino and enables output to the Internet.

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