A product from Chattanooga company Variable Technologies recently received a nod from Forbes.

Contributor Mark Gibbs called the product, NODE, the gift that “every techie wants for Christmas.”

Dr. George Yu, founder of Variable Technologies, created the productafter spending a couple of years contracting withNASA-Amesand the Department of Homeland Security on mobile devices used for national security purposes, according to Nooga.com archives.

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NODE is a project aimed at helping smartphone users “explore the fun and power of sensors,” according toEngadget,a Web magazine that covers gadgets and consumer electronics and that has featured Yu’s project.

Yu applied his knowledge of syncing handheld sensors with iPhones and created a platform device that will allow iPhone application developers to create apps that can do various things, such as read a child’s forehead temperature from 15 feet away.

Yu’s company recently won the Early Innovator Award at the Chattanooga Area Chamber of Commerce’s12th annual Spirit of Innovation Awards.

He also wonFebruary’slocal Will This Float?contestwith the development of NODE, which drew attention from TechCrunch last month.

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