Building a new aquarium monitor & controller

Discussion in 'Equipment' started by Alex Uribe, Nov 17, 2014.

  1. rygh

    rygh Supporting Member

    Interesting thought.
    I currently have all the ugly probes and stuff in my sump.
    But that does have downsides. PH is not the same due to skimmer aeration.

    So if it is small enough with no wires ... I could put it in main display tank.

    Although temp probes really need to be in the same container as the heating element.
    If return pump stops, that would be bad. Hmm..
     
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  2. Alex Uribe

    Alex Uribe Guest

    There's just one cable! all black, thickness of a normal USB cable :)

    Hmm, that's an interesting use-case that I suspect is not uncommon; I'll bring it up with the engineering team!
     
  3. Alex Uribe

    Alex Uribe Guest

    @BAYMAC better response: For the production FishBit we're (planning) to use ultrasonic welding to waterproof the electronics! But for right now we're using a gasket (o-ring)
     
  4. HiFidelity

    HiFidelity Guest

    Alex, one of the existing reef controllers on the market allows you to run multiple temp probes I imagine specifically for the same issue that Mark brought up. Perhaps to address the issue a second probe could be an optional addition of some sort... I would imagine that the wire from the probes/sensors to the controller will be proprietary so I'm not sure if an additional module for a "sump probe" would be in order or a second independent temp input is more feasible, just a thought :)
     
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  5. denzil

    denzil Webmaster

    Aww man, I must have missed the update on this and didn't get in on the beta on time. Funnily enough, I sent your team a message, @Alex Uribe, commending you guys on your product.

    Would love to speak with you guys in person about your product and what you guys have in store for the future. :)
     
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  6. Alex Uribe

    Alex Uribe Guest

    Haha, nice! And absolutely, I bet you have some great ideas :)
     
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  7. Alex Uribe

    Alex Uribe Guest

    Sadly we lost a backer for one of the thirty units; if anyone from BAR is interested (and quick!) we'd love to have you :) http://kck.st/13XqJ5X
     
  8. denzil

    denzil Webmaster

    Find someone from BAR to fill in for the lost backer?
     
  9. Alex Uribe

    Alex Uribe Guest

    I'm not sure if they're from BAR, not a name I recognize and I can't direct message them yet! I'm wondering if they stumbled on the KS at the right time and picked it up LOL. We hadn't shared the fact with anyone outside of BAR...
     
  10. denzil

    denzil Webmaster

    Hrm, well, at least that's problem solved. :)
     
  11. Alex Uribe

    Alex Uribe Guest

    Hey all! we're doing some design research for our mobile app, would love to chat with anyone interested in helping :D

    DM and we can coordinate
     
  12. BAYMAC

    BAYMAC Guest

    Alex, great seeing you two at REEFstock a couple weeks ago. Like I said at that event, feel free to email anytime for help (Gresham in case you forget the screen name)
     
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  13. Alex Uribe

    Alex Uribe Guest

    Absolutely :)
     
  14. robert4025

    robert4025 Sponsor

    We'll back it if it's still needed.
     
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  15. Alex Uribe

    Alex Uribe Guest

    We sold out! But it'd be great to chat with you, going to DM
     
  16. naterock101

    naterock101 Guest

    Hey All,

    We've been heads down for a long time in the development process and a bit silent but we promise that we've been working hard. We're finally ready to launch another kickstarter but this time for the production version!

    We're planning to go live with it tomorrow but wanted to give everyone here a head up and get thoughts and feedback from our kickstarter preview:
    https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1758456789/823758501?token=2fd9aa7f

    It's the result of a lot of help from you guys and we really feel like being a part of this community has accelerated Fishbit's timeline and product!
     
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  17. euod

    euod Supporting Member

    Congrats!
    Let them roll!
     
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  18. HiFidelity

    HiFidelity Guest

    looks great
     
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  19. rygh

    rygh Supporting Member

    Great, hope it goes well!

    Do I see wires on that monitor? ..... :oops:
    I guess the whole wireless thing proved to be a huge pain. Not all that surprising.
    Smart to keep it simple.

    There is only one tiny quick view of the controller on the video. No pictures of the sensor at all. Mostly about the app.
    I think I get the marketing reasoning, but makes it seem a bit less "real" for a true production round.
     
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  20. naterock101

    naterock101 Guest

    Yeah we decided to do a wired version for production for two reasons.

    1. while its really cool and awesome wireless power isn't as reliable, which is the most important thing in a moniotr/controller.
    2. Our engineering task of keeping the elctronics in the water yet still having replaceable probes is very difficult and while we were comfortable with the challenge we were getting pushed to get this product out. So by adding the wired addition we were able to finish the engineering challenges and rather work on the manufacturing process since we had already finished all the other engineering tasks.

    Yeah we kept the video a little less physical product-y and were hopeful that the rest of the kickstarter would provide that information. Combined with our beta users who have been testing the system for months we really preferred to focus on the experience. We're trying for a message that this just "works out of the box" I do have units here though and I'd be happy to show any BAR's an inside look under the hood :)
     
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