In part 1 I described how I came to work with Internet of Things (IoT) products and how I first thought about using them for marine applications. After thinking about it I came to the conclusion that there is no reason the same products couldn't be used for RVs or many other applications (more to come on that in future blogs!). I ended my last blog talking about Optio Fuel - What it is, how it works and when you can get it. Well, here it is!
Optio Fuel is the first product we will be launching at Interactio. In it’s simplest terms it is a bluetooth enabled fuel flow sensor that calculates your optimal cruise range based on your current fuel consumption and how much fuel you have available (based on your fuel tank volume). It connects to your smartphone or tablet and has a super simple user interface that tells you:
Your current, live fuel use - accurate to one tenth of a US gallon per hour
Your current range, shown on a Map as a blue, shaded circle
Being a tech guy I have always loved using technology to my advantage. I am passionate about finding ways for tools and technology to help me, to make my life easier, better and to enhance my experiences. A few years ago I got my start with home automation when reading about how the "Internet of Things" or IoT could be applied to make home devices smarter. I purchased my first IoT device - a Nest thermostat and I love it. It has since paid for itself by controlling my home heating and cooling more efficiently, by making me aware of my home energy use and by "learning" how my family live and adjusting the climate in our home "automagically"
I was so impressed with the Nest that I really started paying attention to IoT and what other common devices could be made "smart". Of course at their hearts they are still simple machines, but by connecting them together and to the internet unparalleled improvements can be made to make them do things for us as opposed to the old paradigm of us having...