What is RUSK?

The Ready Universal Sensor Kit 2, or RUSK2, is the world's most versatile sensor array based on the Spark Core/Photon, and also the most versatile solar-power-integrated sensor array add-on for the Spark Core/Photon.

RUSK2 was designed for academics who research/teach science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM); software developers who want to explore hardware; as well as electronics professionals, hobbyists and enthusiasts; to give them a deploy-able teaching and learning tool that’s affordable, versatile and accessible:

  • It's affordable at USD89.00, delivered anywhere in the world
  • Our small, low power design (just 84mm x 42mm) packs a dozen different sensor types on-board and intelligently incorporates the ability to use solar energy to power projects that need to be used in remote locations
  • We provide all the software needed to get started; from there, access to source code lets owners build anything they can imagine

Many existing solutions in this category are sadly closed source, do not provide the degree of access and flexibility needed to really help users, or simply do not cover as broad a range of sensors to truly quantify the world around us.

When combined with increasingly mainstream resources like 3D-printing and cheap solar panels, we foresee users building low cost weather stations to help agricultural communities, create automation solutions that respond to indoor or outdoor environmental conditions, improve management of urban farms, monitor urban infrastructure and use, as well as deliver new options to take an integrated approach in teaching STEM subjects.

What Else Do We Do?

In short, we build computer controlled, network oriented, electronics and software, or what's popularly known as the "Internet of Things".

RUSK isn't our first product.  Our first, truly custom design, is the Foxfire F5M board.

The F5M is an actuator/motor control board that you can attach to a computer, typically a small embedded system like Raspberry Pi or similar with USB, that you can then use to control fairly high powered motors.  Our largest F5M installation controls all the louvers that make up the facade of one of the modern buildings in downtown Melbourne.  That system is connected to our could based software/infrastructure.

Today, we are expanding.  We continue in the spirit of connectivity for all devices and people.  With our particular view of what it takes to make stuff "smart"; which happens to be open, accessible, affordable, and designs that you can customize.

Who are We?

Marcus Uy is an information technology sector veteran with more than a decade worth of experience in Enterprise IT systems. He is the founder and owner of VirtualThinking, a Singapore based IT firm.

Christoph Behrens has a Bachelor of Engineering (Mechatronics) and a Masters degree in Economics. He has worked for a range of engineering firms including Toyota, Halliburton and Festo.

Dr Sean Hutton BSc MSc PhD (physics) is a former academic physicist and Energy consultant/Analyst. His research experience includes a Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Centre of Excellence for the physics of Geological Processes at the University of Oslo in Norway; he was a Senior researcher at the CSIRO division of advanced Fibre materials and a Senior research fellow at RMIT University.

When Did We Start?

The team has known each other for some time now, but we basically got together around 2010, give or take a few years.

We've always batted around ideas to make stuff.  Sean and Marcus pitched together during TechVentures 2011.  Then one fateful day, around 2012, Marcus picks up a call from Christoph: "Hey, is it possible to control a window across the Internet?"

That innocuous question triggered lots of sleepless nights, snowballed into lots of circuit designs, and ultimately, the birth of Foxfire.

Why Kickstarter?

We share Kickstarter’s philosophy of building collaborative artistry with backers who are not merely consumers but users who stand with producers like us to pursue new heights of excellence, new horizons and relationships with the creation of new things. 

Because we admire their love of excellence, innovative spirit and responsible integrity in the way they operate, and we want to take a role in developing this culture.