WHAT IS REREMETER?
A low-cost and handheld plastic type sensor using machine learning.
We published detailed information about the measurement process and signal processing.The technology used to create reremeter is available as an open source project.
HOW CAN I GET AN REREMETER?
We do not manufacture any devices by ourselves at the moment.
SO, WHEN CAN I BUY MY REREMETER?
We just finished the first version which we see as a prove of concept. You can find the details in our paper.
Having seen the prototype working so far, we’re excited to start developing the next version. Its quite a commitment though as we expect about six man-months of development time to get to the second revision. Plus testing, training the AI and possibly a third revision before we can deliver something that actually makes you happy.
This is also the moment to point out that we are confident that the next revision will work in everyday circumstances, but not sure. If you support us, please keep in mind that unexpected technical challenges could arise and the project might fail.
WHY DO WE NEED A NEXT VERSION?
There are several reasons. The main ones:
- The current version wasn’t built for end-users. It needs a cable, a laptop running python scripts and the electronics are not protected by glass.
- The impact of environmental conditions is still too strong. We have tested by day, by night, indoors, outdoors, in the sun, in the shadow and noticed that e.g. nearby halogen lighting misleads the sensor. Especially if we’re scanning (semi-)transparent plastic.
- Selling electronic devices in Europe is regulated quite tough and we need to pass certain tests and obtain certifications.
To overcome these, we need to work on a second version.
HOW MUCH WILL IT COST?
If you build the first version yourself, the parts will cost about 200€.
The next version will need additional hardware to be wireless, communicate via bluetooth etc. We expect the parts to cost about 250€.
If we get enough pre-orders, we can buy the parts in bigger quantities and get better prices. We aim at selling the fully assembled device for ~300-350€.
HOW CAN I HELP?
Spread the word. Now it really only depends on the pre-orders we get. Prices for the specialized LEDs in our sensor only drop noticeably if we order more than 100 pieces. Then the margin is big enough to pay for our rent and food and we can make this happen.
HOW CAN I PRE-ORDER?
Just fill in our short pre-order form. There is no payment needed yet. At the current point we need to get an idea of how many people are interested in the sensor to decide if and when we start working on the next version.