Project

Filament

The dream of connecting everything to everything else presupposes a network infrastructure up to the task. Traditionally, connecting a device to such a network has required a whole computer, often costing orders of magnitude more than the devices actually needed. Connecting lightbulbs to toasters to stereos to telephones requires a small and inexpensive network interface. Filament is such a device: it is a serial-to-ethernet interface on a single board three inches long and an inch and a half wide. With Filament, a wide range of devices can be easily connected to a local network, and even to the Internet.

The dream of connecting everything to everything else presupposes a network infrastructure up to the task. Traditionally, connecting a device to such a network has required a whole computer, often costing orders of magnitude more than the devices actually needed. Connecting lightbulbs to toasters to stereos to telephones requires a small and inexpensive network interface. Filament is such a device: it is a serial-to-ethernet interface on a single board three inches long and an inch and a half wide. With Filament, a wide range of devices can be easily connected to a local network, and even to the Internet.