Scarab: A Wearable Sensor Platform That’s the Next Step in Self-Monitoring

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Seeking to create a new digital nervous system, Scarab is a mobile multi-sensor wearable that monitors the environment around you. The app, developed by Amulet Corp., is for those who love data, and provides information on the environmental dangers—such as UV, carbon monoxide and radiation—and claims to have more sensors than any other personal consumer product.

With 429 backers as of Tuesday, Feb. 17, Scarab’s Kickstarter campaign is overfunding at $118,285 of its $100,000 goal. The campaign ends on Feb. 19, at 5:32 a.m. PST. Rewards range from a “Thanks for joining our journey!” for $1 pledges, with 35 backers, to $5,000 or more pledges with 30 backers, which offers the chance to meet Scarab’s team, have dinner with them and obtain four Scarabs (estimated delivery Aug. 2015).

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The campaign also notes that the “Scarab system includes mobile apps on your smartphone, a web mapping service, such as Google Maps, and a community of users.” After downloading the app, the device can conveniently be attached to a bike, purse or backpack.

The Kickstarter campaign page also notes,

Via your smartphone, Scarab will send its real time data to the cloud for further analysis and visualization. Secure and anonymized, your data will mix with the data from all other Scarab users to give the entire community a richer understanding of the invisible hazards on your street, in your city and around the world.

According to updates on the Kickstarter campaign page, the company is still testing various batteries and solutions out, and will also be integrating firmware and software-based power management protocols. While the app visualizes the data from Scarab itself, it uploads and downloads current info to/from the cloud continuously. The timeline for the Scarab’s development this month includes Scarab testing and Scarab enclosure development.

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Scarab’s Kickstarter page notes that the benchmark product will come in two colors, both circular and small: matte black and glossy white. Currently, the product is priced for retail at $199.


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