IMAGE: BRITTANY HERBERT/MASHABLE
Detects real-time changes in motion and orientation
Arms based on your proximity
Left-behind feature prevents the accidental loss of important items
Operates independent of the mobile app
Communicates with smartphones, tablets, laptops, and desktops
Logs motion events while you’re out-of-range
Includes an API to support custom app development
IMAGE: CHRIS DAVIES/SLASHGEAR
IMAGE: BRITTANY HERBERT/MASHABLE
Airbnb & shared housing
Garage door & workshop
Cabinets & valuables
Bag, briefcase, handbag
MOTION & FEEDBACK
- 3-axis accelerometer
- 3-axis gyroscopic sensor
- 3-axis magnetometer
- Three high-luminosity RGB LEDs
- Configurable high-output siren
- Bluetooth Smart
- iBeacon compatible
- Range of ≤ 300 ft. line-of-sight
- Secure Simple Pairing
- Key exchange via ECDH
- AES-128 data encryption
- Bluetooth firmware updates
- Width: 26mm (1 inch)
- Height: 12mm
- Weight: 6.63g
- Translucent enclosure optimized for LED diffusion
- UV and impact resistant polycarbonate
- IP67 waterproof to 3 meters
- Available for iOS and Apple Watch
- Android app slated for Q4 of 2016
- API available for custom app development
- Replaceable CR2032 coin-cell battery
- 1+ years estimated battery life (Stealth Mode)
- Cases available for secure attachment
- Sticks to surfaces with included 3M Command™ Strips and Glue Dots
- Template available for 3D printing cases
- Packaging made with eco-friendly materials
Share the Sensor-1 campaign with your friends in two steps:
- Log into your Indiegogo account
- Share the link to this campaign (using the social media links at the top left of this page)
When five of your friends click the link you shared and purchase a Sensor-1 SOLO perk (or a perk of greater value), we will send you a free Sensor-1 SOLO perk.
"MetaSensor is building a platform that tracks everything that moves!"
- Dennis Chan, Lead Investor
- Manage up to seven Sensor-1 devices per smartphone
- Quickly add and remove Sensor-1 devices
- Arm/disarm all your Sensor-1 devices from one screen
- Select a Motion Preset:
- Bag, Briefcase, Luggage
- Stealth (no siren or LED lights)
- Manually arm/disarm
- Enable Automatic Proximity-Arming (automatically arm when you walk away, and disarm when you return)
- Enable Left-Behind Notifications (so you don't leave important items behind accidentally)
- View remaining battery life (to the hour)
- Switch motion presets
- Adjust the sensitivity to motion (the amount Sensor-1 can move before triggering an alarm)
- Change the siren volume
- Select siren patterns and the number of times the siren repeats
- Change the LED brightness
- Select LED patterns and the number of times the LEDs flash
Supporters who purchase the SOLO + API, 3-PACK + API, or SPONSOR perks will have access to the Sensor-1 Application Programming Interface (API).
Your Sensor-1 API key can be used to view and analyze the raw streaming data from Sensor-1 via the Aletha Web Platform, Mobile App, and directly over Bluetooth (e.g., with a laptop, desktop, mobile app, or Bluetooth enabled development kit). Sensor-1 can communicate with Arduino (using a BLE shield), Raspberry Pi, Nordic dev kits, or any custom system capabale of sending and receiving BLE communications.
Measuring impact in sports
Robotics & swarm networks
The Aletha Web Platform helps you visualize and understand information from your Sensor-1 devices, and is your primary dashboard for setting up, configuring, and importing data from Sensor-1. Your API key and API documentation will also be available to you through the Aletha Platform if you order one of the Sensor-1 API perks.
Use the drag-and-drop interface to quickly setup autonomous reactions to motion events, so you can monitor the important items in your life. Each Sensor-1 perk purchase includes access to the Aletha Platform.
March 20, 2016: Indiegogo campaign ends
March-May: Design for Manufacturing (DFM)
May-July: Engineering Validation Test (EVT)
July-August: Design Validation Test (DVT)
August-September: Production Validation Test (PVT)
September-October: Mass production
October-November: Our anticipated window for global shipments
In order to keep you updated on our status, we will post photos/videos of our progress to our social media pages (Twitter, Instagram, Facebook), and send you regular email updates. We will do our best to ship Sensor-1 prior to our estimated shipping window of Q4 2016.
Sensor-1 is the result of a project that started in 2009 when my family’s home was invaded and they were burglarized while I was in the process of building a security system to keep them safe. Six months later, a colleague had their laptop stolen while we were working to improve the U.S. education system at the Carnegie Foundation. Both of these events deeply affected me, and fundamentally altered my life’s path. I decided at that point to dedicate myself to developing systems to keep these types of events from happening to others. Six years later, I am honored to have the opportunity to offer Sensor-1 and the Aletha Platform to you. We have developed and tested eight generations of prototypes, filed multiple patents, raised venture capital, created a kickass team, and are now ready to bring these revolutionary capabilities to you.
Founder & CEO
Q: How does Sensor-1 differ from a Bluetooth keyfinder?
A: While a keyfinder and Sensor-1 will both tell you when you've lost Bluetooth communication with your keys, only Sensor-1 can detect real-time changes in motion and orientation using the onboard 3-axis accelerometer and 3-axis gyroscopic sensor—one of the many advanced capabilities that isn't available on a common keyfinder.
asks, “How long does the battery last for the sensor?”
A: 1+ years estimated battery life in Stealth Mode. The full tech specs are available higher up on this page.
asks, “Does it have to be placed horizontally? Will the alarm be triggered if Sensor-1 was moved in a different way?”
A: Sensor-1 can be placed in any orientation when it is armed. An alert is triggered when the motion sensitivity you set in the Aletha Mobile App is exceeded—here is a short demonstration video
Q: K.B. asks, “So I know the device connects via Bluetooth, but how exactly would it communicate to me that it's been moved if I'm out of Bluetooth range with my phone? Is there Wi-Fi connectivity? Or does it store the information temporarily?”
A: Sensor-1 can communicate over the Internet if the device it is connected to is online. For example, if Sensor-1 is mounted on your door and connected to a nearby tablet (with an Internet connection), Sensor-1 will send an alert notification over Bluetooth to the tablet when the door is opened. This notification can then be sent to you (while you’re away) over the Internet via our Aletha Web Platform using the tablet’s Internet connection. This way, we can use a nearby smartphone, tablet, laptop, or desktop with Bluetooth support to relay an alert notification using the Internet over much greater distances. Sensor-1 is designed to operate independently of the Aletha Mobile App, so it logs motion events while you’re out-of-range (or if there aren’t any Bluetooth enabled devices nearby).
Q: I noticed that some of your earlier YouTube videos referred to a device named “HYDRA”. How does HYDRA compare to Sensor-1?
HYDRA, which is an acronym for Helping You Defend Roving Assets, was the early project codename for Sensor-1. During the development of HYDRA, the Captain America movies were released, in which HYDRA happens to be the name of a terrorist organization in the Marvel Universe. We began to notice people leaving comments saying, "Hail HYDRA" when we received press, and decided to change the name to something more . . . appropriate. Alas!
asks, “Love the sensor do you have a hub or just the sensor?”
A: Sensor-1 can be connected to any Bluetooth compatible device (smartphone, tablet, laptop, desktop, or dev kit), the device acts as the hub—which can then relay information from Sensor-1 over the Internet or to other systems.
asks, ”How many sensors can be connected to a phone/tablet simultaneously?”
A: We recommend pairing no more than seven Sensor-1 devices per phone/tablet. This number can vary depending on how many other Bluetooth devices are currently paired, the type of device (e.g., smartphone, laptop, or computer), and the device's operating system.
asks, ”Compatibility with different standards like ZigBee or Z-Wave would be nice :-)”
A: Developers can use the Sensor-1 API to create custom apps that transmit data via any wired or wireless protocol you desire. The sky’s the limit!
A: We are always looking for exceptional people with a passion for changing the world! You can use this contact form
to reach out to us if you're interested in joining our team.
asks, “So Sensor-1 cries out via low power Bluetooth or Wi-Fi if it's moved, but once it's out of Bluetooth range and off Wi-Fi, it stops communicating right? Does it send out a last known GPS coordinate?”
A: If Sensor-1 loses communication, it stores any motion alerts until it reconnects, at which point it updates the user. Sensor-1 needs to be connected to a GPS-enabled smartphone in order to store the last known latitude/longitude coordinates.
asks, “Sensor-1 sounds interesting. I would be able to try it out, and probably try to see if I can make it work with LORA's communication protocol. In India, one of the largest telecom companies has announced LPWAN for most of cities. That means, Sensor-1 can work in an entire city or probably country; hence locating missing items gets easier. Wondering if it can be extended? I mean hardware part? Or is that (other than Bluetooth/Wi-Fi) something you plan to do? India could be a good place to test LPWAN based stuff.”
A: Sensor-1 has an API that enables the integration of a wide range of communication protocols like LPWAN—so it could definitely be tested in this context.
Q: When will the Android app be available?
A: We plan to release the Android app in Q4 of 2016. If you would like to help beta test the app, please contact us
Q: When will you start shipping?
A: As anyone who has successfully shipped a wireless hardware product globally will tell you—take your best anticipated time estimate and double it. Keeping this in mind, a realistic estimated shipping window is Q4 of 2016. We will do everything we can to start shipping Sensor-1 as quickly as possible. We would rather set a realistic timeline and do our best to deliver ahead of schedule, than the opposite.
Q: How is shipping calculated?
A: Shipping rates are calculated using the recipient's location relative to our nearest warehouse. We use USPS for shipping an individual Sensor-1 or Sensor-1 3-pack due to cost savings for the customer. Bulk orders will use USPS, UPS, or FedEx depending on the optimal cost savings. Shipping does not include extra fees from customs, or additional costs associated with your country.
Q: Is the packaging made from eco-friendly materials?
A: Yes—the materials used in the Sensor-1 packaging are eco-friendly. We will be releasing an article in the near future with a breakdown of the raw materials used.