#13 Maybe you can buy one! (Just not from me)

A project log for Remote Water Consumption Display

Design and build a simple, inexpensive, and manufacturable remote indicator for the most common type of mechanical water meter in use today.

john-schuchJohn Schuch 11/21/2014 at 04:012 Comments


I'm still working on firmware, and am waiting for another (faster) PIC for my sensor and will report all that when I have some accomplishments to talk about.

Tonight, a good friend on IRC pointed me to a KickStarter project, the Water Hero, that is pretty much matches my project.

Well, kind of.

Let me say right up front, they have designed a very cool device!

There are a number of differences between their design and mine and it really doesn't meet my requirements, but it may yours.

- The Water Hero (WH) depends on WiFi from the sensor and talks directly to the internet. Mine talks to a base station.

- The WH has no local dedicated display, a feature that I believe is crucial for awareness and conservation.

- The WH is only suitable for indoors installation and virtually all water meters here are outside and underground. The KickStarter does say that an outdoors version is under development.

- The WH requires an AC outlet to plug in the power supply. (My sensor is solar powered)

- The WH requires you install an app to access the system, and they offer both a free and a paid 'premium' service to monitor your system. Again, no local dedicated display.

- The WH has an optional shut-off valve actuator. (very nice!)

- As far as I can tell, the WH is totally closed. Nothing "open" to it at all.

It looks like they've done some fine work there, and I hope their project succeeds. If their product meets your needs, I would encourage you to support them.

Several folks have asked if I am going to support their KickStarter.

Well ..... no.

I've already built one. :-)



John Schuch wrote 01/20/2015 at 22:46 point

Yeah, another example of the "if it doesn't talk to their smart phone, they'll never buy it" mentality. I only added the internet connection to my project because it was a requirement of the contest. That will be removed in my final system.

It's ( the IOT ) all so silly. I don't want every damn thing reporting back to my phone, I want it to detect problems and act accordingly without bothering me! THAT'S automation.

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thebaldgeek wrote 01/20/2015 at 22:40 point

I really like the solar aspect of your system. This one is just not in the same league. (Also, wifi?? Really?)

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