The project neu.Node was born in September 2012, when I have just realized that I've got to port Node.js on iPhone in order to solve a number of problems I had at that moment.
At that time, I was building an interactive presentation application for classrooms in Node.js. This application takes a full advantage of real-time communication enabled by Node.js and help teachers to turn his/her class into an "engaging" space with variety of real-time/interactive web pages.
Even though I could offer this application as a cloud-based service, I rather wanted to offer it as an application running in the classroom for a number of reasons -- more control, security, privacy, faster responce, cost, bandwidth, etc.
Asking teachers to run and a Node.js server on their PCs, however, is not an option. It's too difficult for regular people to manager service applications on their PCs.
At one point, I seriously consider offering it as a hardware solution - running Node.js + my app on tiny linux box (like Raspbery Pi), rasing money using kickstarter.com.
Then, I have realized that all I need is a sand-boxed Node.js runing on iPhone or iPad. It has to be sand-boxed so that I can distribute it as a regular iOS application via iTunes store.
I knew that it won't be easy because it's not a straight port, but my gut told me that it is quite possible.
This is how this project was born.