We recruited Daniel Kronovet and Harold Cooper to help us get the hardware cost down. If we can build our own hardware rather than using twines, we can cut the price per sensor down to about $20 - $40, rather than $125. Since we know we want to be able to offer the sensors free of charge, getting the cost down is going to be really important moving forward.
Daniel graduated with us from the Flatiron School and did a pretty cool hardware project that involved devising a system to detect when we needed to make more coffee in the communal coffee maker. He’s really excited about the project and we’re happy to have him helping out.
Harold is a friend of a friend who works at a hardware startup called Ringly, building software that talks to smart jewelry. He’s been in tech longer than everyone else on the team combined, so we’re super lucky to have him. Both Daniel and Harold have skills we desperately need, and we’re very excited that they’ll be working with us.