About this project
It’s two beautiful devices: a Monitor that lives inside your aquarium and a Controller that powers and automates your aquarium equipment. Both devices connect to your home’s WiFi so you can use your phone to control your tank from anywhere in the world!
Your Monitor continuously checks your tank’s important water parameters -- temperature, pH and salinity -- as well as your tanks water level. So you can spend more time enjoying your tank and less time testing your water.
Your Controller makes sure that the equipment around your tank is operating optimally 24/7. You can easily control and program your heaters, pumps, and even your dimmable LEDs!
The Fishbit App is your interface for everything: you can see how your tank is doing in real-time, get alerts, turn equipment on or off, and much, much more.
Whether you’re new to the hobby or are a reef guru caring for multiple tanks, Fishbit makes it easy to keep your corals thriving and your fish happy.
Keeping your water parameters stable is the key to a thriving tank. We combine real-time data with easy automation to make it easier than ever to have a stable tank. In addition to testing your water parameters, the Fishbit Monitor has an add on water-level sensor that when combined with your Controller can create an automatic top off.
No more worrying about equipment failure. We’ll alert you if anything goes wrong and even take actions to prevent disasters.
Fishbit is up and running in the time it takes to feed your fish. And it's easy to automate your tank even if you're not a brain sturgeon. For example it takes just a few clicks to sync your lights to any location in the world.
Last year we launched a 50 unit beta test of Fishbit here on Kickstarter and sold out on day 1 thanks to you amazing people! We did this so that we can take our R&D process and iterate over and over with real user feedback to make Fishbit better. We’re so incredibly grateful for our beta users and we thought you should hear what they have to say!
Reef-er a friend! Or two or three!
If you've bought a Fishbit and someone you refer buys a Fishbit, we'll upgrade your Fishbit to include a special surprise :)
Also for each Fishbit purchased because of you we will lower the price of your Fishbit by $25! You can do this as many times as you like.
Here's how it works:
1. enter the email you used to buy a Fishbit on this form.
2. Share this link with friends and family.
3. That's it! Once this Kickstarter ends we will count up all the Fishbit you are responsible for and give you a refund!
We’ve been working on Fishbit for two years. 18 months ago we partnered with Highway1, a premier hardware accelerator. 12 months ago we launched a limited beta on Kickstarter to test and refine Fishbit. 6 months ago we sent 50 Fishbits across the the U.S. to our amazing beta testers. Together we’ve made Fishbit the world's simplest aquarium system and we’re excited to share it with you.
We’ve finalized the design and development of our hardware. We are already working with our Kansas City based electronics manufacturer and are ready to start the product safety and emissions certification testing.
We are on schedule to deliver your Fishbit to you in August 2016.
While we do not expect our timeline to change, it is possible that the shipment month may shift. At anytime up until your reward has shipped you may request a full refund by emailing us at email@example.com.
We're a team of designers, developers and engineers from companies like IDEO, Leo Burnett, and JDSU. We range in the hobby from novices to full on SPS-loving reef junkies.
When times get tough, we turn to our fearless mascot: Cassius the Crab, seen here being a beast:
Check out this mini-documentary that ThomasVisionReef made about our story!
We were able to create Fishbit because we found ourselves surrounded by an amazing community. We hope you'll back our project and help take our dream of making aquariums doable for everyone come true.
Special thanks to a number of people that have helped us tremendously: First and foremost this would never have been possible without the amazing support and patience of our Beta Backers - thanks for everything!
Brian and the folks at Tank It Easy in Chicago.
Guy Bauer and his wicked team at Guy Bauer Productions.
Zach, Doc, Dan and pretty much the entire Particle team.
Chris Tolles, Andrew Saunders, Chris Bissonnette and John Dimatos for providing us with excellent advice, mentorship and often free therapy.
Kurt and the Something Fishy team.
Brady, Marcus, Jon, Cilian and the entire Highway1 family.
Bryce, Sarah, Jessa and the entire indie.vc family.
Dave McClure and the #500fam.
Kris & Ron, Jim Ruga, Winfield, Denzil, Rolf, Mark and the rest of the BARs.
Kaia and Jesse from Keyboardio.
Mike Chang, Eric Grismer, Brent McCloskey, Chris Aldrich, Jeff Kurtz, Orlando Salazar, Jake Adams, Rich Ross, Matt Wandell, Jeremy Gosnell, Thomas Brown, Justin Credible (and band), Manny and Gresham for all the inside advice.
Most importantly Scott, you are the best manufacturer around and we owe so much to you. Thanks for all the hard work, we wouldn’t be here without you :)
If you have questions at any time you can reach us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Risks and challenges
Any physical product comes with risks and challenges. We've spent the last 2 years (since February 2014!) working to minimize these risks.
We're partnered with some amazing companies including PCH/Highway1, Particle, and an incredible electronics manufacturer in Kansas City.
We've taken Fishbit as far as we can and now we need a little push to get to market. With our beta Kickstarter we still had to do a lot of R&D before we delivered. This time around we're launching after having done all that! It’s now about paying for expensive tooling, buying components, fulfilling certifications and managing a supply chain.
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