About

RoomCentral with Sensor
RoomCentral with Sensor

RoomCentral is a plug in controller that controls your old room heaters (and room air conditioners in the summer time) to save you energy through a smart phone or tablet. RoomCentral is an electronic device that connects to room heaters or air conditioners with mechanical controls to maintain the right temperature in a given space. A 10 ft sensor measures temperatures in air or water. It comes with a free app for your Android or iPhone/iPad.

What RoomCentral does…..

Saves energy on your electric bill
Saves energy on your electric bill
Makes you, your loved ones –yes even animals! comfortable
Makes you, your loved ones –yes even animals! comfortable
24/7/365 allows you to control your comfort
24/7/365 allows you to control your comfort
Monitors power usage
Monitors power usage
Safely controls your older room heaters and air conditioners
Safely controls your older room heaters and air conditioners

RoomCentral “plays well in the sandbox” with a variety of room heaters, air conditioners and other heating and cooling devices. It will help you control devices acting as a programmable thermostat which will help keep a consistent temperature in a given environment while reducing your energy bill.

RoomCentral supports:new low cost,more mature heaters and room air conditioners as well as any device with mechanical heating or cooling controls.

 Energy savings-saving you money so the heater or air conditioner is not on when you are not there. This helps RoomCentral “pay its way “ in a small amount of time.

Room comfort or area control of many different devices

RoomCentral with room heater
RoomCentral with room heater

Easy to use app interface- (7) day a week controls. Reminds you of the programmable thermostats you have seen-nothing too fancy;it has a solid, easy-to-understand user interface.

RoomCenral App
RoomCenral App

Nice clear, bright and large LED temperature display-see what’s going on. Do you really want to have to look at your phone to see the temperature?

Room Central Display
Room Central Display

Works with 2 and 3 prong outlets-we designed it for BOTH higher current draw space heaters (up to 15A) as well as A/C devices

Wide temperature range- -67° to 250°F (-55° to 121°C) control; it understand both Fahrenheit and Celsius!

Flexible to get temperature readings from across the room-not just at the controller. We made the temperature sensor so that you could connect it to different lengths from the unit (25 feet max). This will help you sense the temperature in tough locations such as remote lakes, ponds and swimming pools. Many of the things that the RoomCentral is controlling already have a thermostat. If the temperature sensor of your current controller is in a tough area like near an outside window, the rest of the room may be too warm or way to cool!

Battery back up in case of power outage

It would be a pain to reprogram the controller if the power failed. RoomCentral has your program saved in  the app.

 The RoomCentral can be used to control the temperature in a  multitude of applications:

  • Curing system for adhesives,
  • Keeping your donkeys happy in the barn,
  • Keeping your plants happy in the green house,
  • Adjusting your toaster oven temperature for a special use
  • Germinating your sod during the initial growing stages
  • Heating up your chicken brooder with heat lamps,

Wherever you need to control temperature and have a device that will swing the temperature up or down. The temperature sensor can withstand the temperature rage cited and can be used in wet environments (the sensor/cable portion). We are sure Kickstarter users will come up with many more innovative ideas!

 User Interface : Bluetooth Classic and Bluetooth Low-Energy Support for Android and Apple iOS

Display: Tri-colored status LED. High bright four digit seven segment LCD display

ON/OFF switch

Temperature: Set point Range:  -67° to 250°F (-55° to 121°C)

Differential time: 1 to 7 minutes

Input Voltage: 120VAC

Pilot duty: 125VA

Output Load: 15A @ 120VAC

Sensor:  Digital Thermometer operating range:  -67° to 250°F (-55° to 121°C), 1" (25.4mm) long x 1/4"dia (6.35mm) with 8' (2.44m) cable (included)

Operating Temperature:  32° to 140°F (0° to 60°C)

Storage Temperature: -40° to 176°F (-40° to 80°C)

Ambient humidity:  0 to 95% RH, non-condensing

Enclosure:  NEMA 1

Dimensions: 4.11” (104.4mm) x 2.23” (56.6mm) x 2.50” (63.5mm) - (L x W x H)

Agency Approvals: UL listing , FCC (Both pending funding of the project)

In the box: thermostat, cable & plug, welcome guide, mounting screws

Yury and Bob have outlined several other uses for the RoomCentral platform.

Bob and Yuri are both from immigrant families.

If we are rewarded with extra financing we will will offer the following in terms of "stretch" goal goodies:

If you allow us to hit the $74,300 mark we will develop this product such that it can be used along with your rice cooker as a cost-effective sous-vide cooker (typically $350+!) .

If you rears us with $82,200 mark we will develop the software right away to include a power monitoring feature in order to see how the connected load is consuming is consuming power.

Finally for your $87,460 commitment we will have a SMT reflow oven (typically $300 and up) application in which you can control the profile through your smart phone and plug in a simple toaster oven to the RoomCentral. No extra relays to hard wire. Just attach your thermocouple and off you go! This is great for building your PCB prototypes!

FAQ

Q: How do use RoomCentrl(TM) as a sous-vide cooker?

Rice Cooker for Souis Vide
Rice Cooker for Souis Vide

Using your RoomCentral(TM) and a rice cooker you can create a sous-vide cooker. Put the temp sensor in to the water bath of the rice cooker. Plug the rice cooker in to RoomCentral(TM) and then plug the RoomCentral(TM) in to an outlet. Pick your temperature and run the app.

Risks and challenges

During the last months we have worked extensively on research and testing of all aspects around the PCB board and its enclosure. Most of our suppliers have already made commitments about volumes and lead times but there is always a chance of deviation, resulting in an overall delay of production. We will start pre-ordering components as soon as the campaign is successful.

Another aspect is the diverse quantity of smartphones around the world. We are already compatible with a large number of smartphones due to our experience with the Sous-vide Cooking App. If your phone is a recent model, produced by a known manufacturer, you will most likely have no issues using our app. However, there is a slight possibility that your specific model might need some changes in the code. We will do our best to address these issues as quickly as possible, as they come to our attention. Any feedback is highly appreciated

During the last 3 years our team has gained a lot of experience in terms of hardware and software development, manufacturing and operations. We have already successfully brought a product to market, which included large-scale manufacturing processes, trial phases, global sourcing of parts and customer service. Barring any unforeseen circumstances or acts of god and with enough support from the Kickstarter community, we will be able to fulfill our project plan as outlined above. We are thrilled to receive your feedback and support in achieving our goal: Breathing new life into all of those mechanically-controlled heaters out there!

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    The Device - Receive your very own RoomCentral in a WHITE configuration along a white sensor with the Android/iOS application. Included is a "Rotator" adaptor for your wall outlet so you can position the RoomCentral in any direction.

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    The Device - Receive your very own RoomCentral in a techy BLACK color with matching balck sensor along with the Android/iOS application. Included is a "Rotator" adaptor for your wall outlet so you can position the RoomCentral in any direction.

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    Twice as nice - Receive (2) of your very own RoomCentrals including one to share. One will be in black and other white along with the Android/iOS application. Included are (2) "Rotator" adaptera for your wall outlet so you can position the RoomCentral in any direction.

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    The Device Plus Space Heater - Get a device plus a room radiant space heater so you can start saving energy right out of the box. Also included is a "Rotator" adaptor for your wall outlet so you can position the RoomCentral in any direction plus the iOS/Android application.

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    The device (Included is a "Rotator" adaptor for your wall outlet and iOS/Android app so you can position the RoomCentral in any direction) plus your own sheep’s wool sweater from New Zealand -

    Males get a Shaw collar sweater made from 55% New Zealand Merino Wool, 35% Brushtail made from 55% New Zealand Merino Wool, 35%
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    Females get a Shaw collar sweater+ Sworski zipper
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    Dinner party with the developers, your own device, a personal tour of Chicago -

    Get a device personally handed to you and have a dinner party with the developers of the project. Our chief engineer is a Sous-vide (Another use for this device platform!) chef as well as very experienced hardware designer. The team will personally make a 4 course dinner at our factory after showing off the sites of Chicago such the Magnificent mile, Lake Michigan lakefront and other destinations. This reward includes: a ride to/from airport, the dinner and hotel. Donaters will have to get to Chicago.

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