Posted By Simon Montford on Nov 20, 2014
The Scandinavians have always had a flare for good design. Just look at their passports for goodness sake - they're gorgeous! Two of the most noteworthy are Norway and Finland. We think there is a good chance that Finland could become a global hub for IOT startups. This is because since Nokia quit being a mobile OEM (leading to wide-scale redundancies), quite a few talented individuals have decided to move into the IOT space to design connected devices.
A prime example of how all this excess talent is being put to good use is Haltian, a Finnish product design services startup that's made up of ex-Nokia employees. The company designs and builds connected hardware for others but is now in the process of producing its own connected device that's aimed at IOT startups.
Their device, called the Thingsee, is ruggedized and waterproofed so can be used outdoors. It features a 1,900 mAh battery and a monochrome display as well as 2G GPRS, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, GPS, a pressure sensor, accelerometer, magnetometer, light sensor, and gyroscope. The Thingsee can, therefore sense movement, light, temperature and moisture.
Developers will be able to configure the device via Haltian's mobile app (Android or iOS) so that it can be used to test business ideas and business processes before dedicated hardware and software is needed. The Thingsee is expected to cost around $150, available April 2015.
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