We’re working through the final details. Our hardware works great. So does the App for remotely viewing tank levels.
But configuring the device for WiFi relies on some pretty tricky firmware.
One really hard part of what we’re accomplishing is giving you intuitive feedback from the device.
While we’re really happy with the physical install (mounting to the tank and inserting the press-fit sensor are simple and quick), configuring the device is tough. But we like a challenge, and we’re refining the firmware to make things simple for you.
So what’s so hard about firmware?
Once installed, your new interface for checking tank levels is your smart phone. No more trekking out in the snow. It will also provide feedback and diagnostics on your phone if issues arise.
However, until the device is connected, the hardware device needs to speak for itself.
I learned today that popcorn is the perfect microwavable food because despite the diversity in microwave models, you always get audible feedback that it is ready.
With that in mind, we have added an LED to flash for visual indicators. We’ve also added a buzzer, for additional sensory feedback and alerting.
Here’s a quick look at everything going on in our firmware behind the scenes.
Don’t worry. You don’t need to understand all of it. And that’s the point of this post. We’re taking the confusion and frustration out of the equation.
A great experience is very important to our success. And while we’d love to ship because we’ve got hardware and software that work, that’s not quite good enough.
But we’re very very close to announcing a ship date! Stay tuned.