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My N3RD wants to empower you to take control of every gadget in your house, every appliance waiting idly, and every vehicle in your garage using just your smartphone. How, you ask? First, the project needs $50,000. Check. They team has successfully managed to raise over $51,000 with 18 days left to go. Next, watch this video.

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My N3RD is a smart switch that needs to be wired up to whichever product you want to use it with. Therefore users will need a bit of knowledge if they want to get any use out of it. The device has a 32-bit SPARC microprocessor, a Wi-Fi radio, onboard memory, two relays, and a microcontroller.

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Outdoor uses for My N3RD include electric gates, boat lifts, hot tubs, and sprinklers. Indoors, imagine taking control of your coffee maker or fireplace. How about the lights? Here are two videos of the product taking control of a garage door.

Yeah, these photos and videos all show off the iPhone, but the developers say they are already working on an Android app. It isn't a stretch goal, so if you're thinking of throwing money at the project, don't worry about that. Calling dibs on a model from the first production run this summer starts at $75. But as usual, waiting to see how this all pans out is completely free.

My N3RD: Connect and Control Anything from Anywhere

Bertel King, Jr.
Born and raised in the rural South, Bertel knows what it's like to live without 4G LTE - or 3G, for that matter. The only things he likes sweeter than his tea are his gadgets, and while few objects burn more than a metal phone on a summer day, he prefers them that way anyway.

  • Luke

    So the device connects to wifi? How would it be useful in things like a boat?

    • andy_o

      You can still set up a WLAN on a boat. Maybe even use WiFi tethering so you don't lose internet.

    • Nick Cannon

      The device and your smartphone both have WiFi, what confuses you?

      • Matthew Fleisher

        Apparently lots of things LOL

    • Francesco Basso

      I think we are talking about wifi direct here!

  • darkdude1

    This looks quite awesome to be honest, just trying to think of some practical uses.

  • Steven Caravella

    I think this will be hard for the average Joe to setup in the home. It looks like you would need an electrician to come install the devices which can get expensive.

  • blackk

    Controlling any device? Isn't this more of an on/off type of thing? I don't suppose I'd be able to control the A/C temperature.

    • Brad

      I'm thinking the same thing

  • kpjimmy

    Pledged for my garage! Neat concept. Can't even jump on their beta because it's iOS only thus far.

  • SAI

    Why is it so expensive? Not to sound cheap or anything but genuinely curious. How would this be different than the Spark IO plus a relay board?

  • Cro0707@gmail.com

    3G version would be nice in the future... For any idea on how to practically use this device - ask any terr0rist :) Joke...

  • Norick

    I can do more things with my Raspberry Pi and Tasker. And also it's cheaper...

  • E.B

    not that I can do more with my car, but I have a Z-wave system and a Vera that lets me do all this, and its more intergrated. now, since the Vera has a nice plugin dev interface, perhaps I can use some of these in conjugation.

    • b00sted

      This is what I was thinking as I bought a Vera about 3 months ago but these look pretty nice also..

  • Brayden Reesor

    So.. How is this different than the Belkin WeMo products?
    http://www.amazon.com/Belkin-Electronics-Anywhere-Automation-Smartphones/dp/B00BB2MMNE

  • Fatal1ty_93_RUS

    I always wanted to control my yacht with a virtual stick on a Tablet...

  • http://mrmcpowned.com mrmcpowned

    "2.4GHz IEEEE 802.11 b/g"

    Since when does "I Quadruple-E" exist?

  • Chuck Jones

    This is an incredibly old idea. I was turning lights on and off 10 years ago in my vacation house from a thousand miles away using X10, X10 was pretty unreliable, but I've since switched to Smarthome's Insteon and it has run trouble free for two years. Zwave is another reliable option that can do everything shown in the video and more. Smarthome has many different types of modules allowing light and HVAC control, motion sensing and simple relay on/off as shown in the video. All UL approved, available today at a reasonable price and controllable from my smartphone. Insteon controllers are available that let you write your own programs to control what happens when. For example I have motion sensors throughout my house - when there is no motion throughout the house for a set time the controller lowers the thermostat. Once someone comes home and motion is sensed it turns on the heat again. At night it also lowers the thermostat, but only to a comfortable sleeping temperature. Sorry to rain on the parade, but I can't see anything this product does that can't already be done today.

  • steelew

    ...so no android? How 2011 of you.

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