Pinoccio: home mesh nets

(via Craphound) Sometimes I forget about the fact that everything, absolutely everything, is open to change and improvement by technology, and how hard people on the internet are working to make that power to change accessible to as many people as possible.

For example, my partner has a pet hedgehog.  The kinds of hedgehogs people have as pets are from Africa, and are used to a very warm climate.  We live in the northeast, so year-round, but especially in the winter, my partner's hedgehog relies on technology keeping her environment at a particular temperature.

Pinoccio, a successfully funded indiegogo project, offers the ability to make easy devices to link up all sorts of things in your house to each other, and to the internet via WiFi.  One of the examples they use in their demo video directly refers to the fact that all Pinoccios come with a temperature sensor -- so my partner could put a Pinoccio in or near her hedgehog's cage, set to detect the temperature and send an alert if it dips below a certain point.  That could go to a Pinoccio that's connected to the WiFi, and send her an alert.

This just occurs to me now because we're in the middle of a snowstorm, and -- don't worry, she's safe and secure, but -- if there were a power outage the hedgehog would heed immediate help.

This is a small way that technology, if we had it (and the ability to program it) could seriously improve my partner's and my peace of mind on a daily level.

Right now Pinoccio is still outside of my price range, but technology only gets cheaper.  By the time my kids are old enough to use them, stuff like this will probably be available for a dollar at a gas station.

So, I guess what I'm saying is I really need to learn to code.