Deep diveThis week we’re going to explore how the Hydroid app works and what you can learn from it. I’m excited to share a little bit about the app, since it’s a new and exciting way to learn about something we usually take for granted: water. The Hydroid app is your interface for all the new data you’re going to get from the Hydroid Meter, which is a water monitor that can be installed in the main water line to your home or business. It’s a high-resolution water flow meter with an integrated water valve. It allows you to monitor all your water use down to the tiniest drip, and shows you flow data in real-time via the smartphone app. And let me tell you, there’s a lot of data!

A Fitness Tracker for Water

When it comes to tracking water, it’s similar to tracking steps walked each day or miles run per week on a FitBit. It displays current and past activity and gives you the ability to set alerts and goals for your household.The Hydroid app is designed with intuitive navigation.

There are four interactive tabs: Live Data, History, Goals and Events.

First, Some Background

In developing the Hydroid app, we worked from the premise that water flow data, water management, personal valve control and local, environmental data have never been together in one place before. This is new stuff for most people so there is little experience or expectation out there in the market. We wanted to bridge this experience gap for our customers by making the information make sense for anyone seeing the app for the first time. For that reason, we decided to visualize the flow.

As water flows through the line, Hydroid app maps the water flow in a flow graph that mirrors the flow of water. For example, you can see the increase of flow as the bath faucets open, or dip as you adjust the faucets to slow the fill rate. And you can see what a toilet flush looks like as water refills the tank, the flow as the dishwasher runs, and the washing machine cycles. It’s pretty addictive to see how my household uses water. At any given time, one of us is watching the water flow in Hydroid App.

Here’s a look at the four tabs on the home screen: Live data, History, Goals, Events (Alerts)

Live Data

Live Data gives you real-time flow and the current reading of all the sensors. You’ll see this moment in time for valve state, open or closed, flow rate in gallons per minute and whether the Hydroid Hub and Hydroid Meter is online and connected to the Cloud. The app shows today’s current water used total, yesterday’s total in gallons, and all time since the Hydroid was installed. We then provide the environmental data for water temperature, water line pressure, water pressure, air temperature, humidity, and finally barometric pressure. Also, you’ll find the valve control that provides you the ability to open or close Hydroid’s integrated valve from anywhere in the world where you have internet access.

History

swimming pool
How much water does it take to fill a pool?

On the History tab, we show all history for data older than five minutes. It gives you the option to analyze earlier today, yesterday, the past week, or pick your own date range. This will help you map your usage to your water bill, trend behavior, or detect a plumbing issue. We also show a quick summary of your sensor data. For each sensor, we show you the average for the time period you’ve selected to view and the highest and lowest readings for the time period. This will help you quickly see anomalies and diagnose potential issues. In the water flow window, we’ve added pinch to zoom gestures to drill down for a certain time period. When zoomed in, view water use down to the minute. So, want to see how much water that long bath used? Or your shower this morning? Or how much water it takes to fill your pool? You can do that here.

Goals

 

The Goals tab is where you can set water consumption ceilings to help you conserve water. The Goals screen will show you how well you’re doing each day and where your use falls in relation to the upper limit you set for yourself. We see this as being helpful in lowering your use to reduce your water bill, being mindful during droughts and dry periods and practicing caution if on a rain harvesting system. This might be the first goal tool where you get a star for being an underachiever!

Alerts

We know that sometimes you need a reminder or a notification because life is busy. So, we’ve included a user-adjustable alert system to help you manage everything. Based on your unique needs, Hydroid app gives you the ability to set alerts for: valve state, flow rate, flow volume, device connection and continuous flow. What does all that mean? Hydroid app is flexible for your specific needs. Two of the most useful alerts are high flow rate and continuous flow. High flow usually indicates a serious plumbing failure. Continuous flow usually means there’s a silent leak, like a trickle leak in a toilet or running water that’s been forgotten about.

Select Alert Set alert level Receive alerts via app or email

Wrapping Up

We can’t wait for you to get a Hydroid installed in your home, business, ranch or apartment. We know you’re going to love it.

At the time of publishing, Hydroid is in Beta use. The product is fully-developed and working in several applications around the US and Canada. We plan to launch a crowdfunding campaign in early 2018 to raise funds to manufacture the device. If you’re interested in learning more about Hydroid and would like to be one of the first to get a special early-bird discount, please join our mailing list!

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  1. Jim,
    A friend of ours was telling me about what you are developing. I was interested in learning more, so I read your blogs and this is a GREAT idea. I have been on a well for 17 years with ABSOLUTELY no clue how much water I am using. I also had a few water leaks in my house due to what the plumbers believe was bad copper sent to the US in the 80s. The two times it has happened have been huge disasters. It looks like you have all of the beta testers you need, but if you ever need more, let me know. Just one more thing, I grew up in a family of 5 in Ca. My dad was always looking for ways to cut his water bill, in Ca, he placed bricks in the tanks of the toilets to reduce their capacity, he also was known to turn off the hot water during one of my sister’s showers to stop the 30 minute showers. When he had his house in Austin, prior to electronic meters, he would put a rock on the cover of the water meter to see when they were read so he could know when to reduce his water usage to prevent huge waste water bills. What you are doing here is a GREAT.