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Okapi is the intelligent, variable speed fan control system for Solar Air Heaters. Now, monitor your heaters & log data via Bluetooth!
9 backers pledged CA$ 1,147 to help bring this project to life.

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Okapi Bluetooth circuit board
Okapi Bluetooth circuit board
Full Okapi systems include fans, all required wires, sensors and power adapter.
Full Okapi systems include fans, all required wires, sensors and power adapter.
Two 4' x 8' Solar Collectors (we currently do not manufacture collectors)
Two 4' x 8' Solar Collectors (we currently do not manufacture collectors)

 This video visually describes some functionality of Okapi:

  • Okapi optimizes the solar heating experience by delivering heat at floor level.
  • Okapi is weather sensitive. Okapi tracks heating and cooling trends inside your solar collectors and uses them to predict forthcoming solar heat potential, while intelligently and accurately controlling variable speed fans.
  • Okapi Bluetooth transmits important data from your solar heater EVERY SECOND! Inlet temperatures, Outlet temperatures, Fan speeds, as well as the Ambient temperature can be monitored or logged so that you can see exactly how your solar collectors are performing!
  • Okapi can be powered off-grid by 12v battery, charge controller and solar PV panels, giving the advantage of free indoor heating when the sun shines!
  • Okapi is backed by almost 3 years of Research and Development, testing and tweaking and has been available as a consumer product for a number of months now.
  • Okapi Bluetooth is brand new. The pledge prices reflect significant savings compared to the price point we will list Okapi Bluetooth at, on our website, after this campaign is over.

Do you know someone who is building a Solar Air heater? Let them know about Okapi. Or, better still, buy one here as a gift for them!

Solar Air Heaters with No Okapi? Thermal imagery proves you are just heating your ceiling.

Ceiling heating
Ceiling heating

With Okapi, the floor and furniture is heated (saving your primary heat source from blowing hard earned cash doing the same).

Okapi fan is on the wall on the left. You can "see" the heat it is putting into the concrete floor and couch
Okapi fan is on the wall on the left. You can "see" the heat it is putting into the concrete floor and couch
Data received from Okapi graphed
Data received from Okapi graphed

The following video is a brief demonstration of the Okapi Manager App (for Bluetooth enabled Android devices). The app is demonstrated to show it connecting to four Okapi 2 Bluetooth systems SIMULTANEOUSLY! Allowing the user to view the data from up to EIGHT solar air heaters.

 The Okapi Manager app is currently in an alpha state but has all required functionality.

The following video was added to the campaign on September 14th. Updates have been made to the app including a unique display for the Okapi tSense product and power output (watts or BTUs/hour) calculations for your solar air heaters!

The following is an instructional video on how to connect a Windows 8 Bluetooth enabled system to an Okapi 2 Bluetooth system, for the purposes of logging data. You can connect to as many Okapi Bluetooth units as your system allows, log all data and analyse or graph it using a program such as MS Excel.

Check out Update #1 for more details!
Check out Update #1 for more details!

See details, pictures and creative uses for the "Okapi Bluetooth tSense" here: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/2107309041/okapi-bluetooth-the-solar-air-heater-control-syste/posts

The science we use in our technology is real. We back up all our claims with well known mathematical formulae or scientific principles.
The science we use in our technology is real. We back up all our claims with well known mathematical formulae or scientific principles.
Hot company president
Hot company president
Stressed-out executive with GSoH
Stressed-out executive with GSoH
UL rated enclosures
UL rated enclosures
Circuit boards printed and ready for production
Circuit boards printed and ready for production

You think this is a great idea and want to pledge! Click on the top pledge option on the right!

You want to purchase a discounted Okapi Bluetooth system right now! Read through the other pledges and simply click on the option that best suits your needs!

You want more information about solar air heating. Please check out our company website for further details and links to reference material.

You want to take a look at Jon Hare's latest game. Here it is: https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/word-explorer/id518324505?mt=8

Be sure to subscribe to our YouTube channel for a chance to win a programmable microcontroller and electronics kit! Details here: http://www.greenhillenvirotechnologies.com/greenhill-posts/contests/winabasicstampkit

Risks and challenges

This is our second Kickstarter project, after the original Okapi system was successfully funded in 2013. Although this gives us the experience, it does not make us complacent. There might be a slight issue with supply of one of the components used in the Okapi system, however we have spoken with the manufacturer and have been assured it is just a distributor issue and it will be resolved by the end of September.

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    Pledge CA$ 5 or more About $4

    CHAMPION! $5 CAD or more: you endorse clean technology and genuine innovation. Enter any pledge amount to help us pay patent costs and other legal fees, bank charges, taxes and Meredith's wages. Please pledge $5, $6.79, $50 or more. But seriously, this is a good thing, we've devoted the last couple of years to developing Okapi and really appreciate any help you can give.

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    Pledge CA$ 65 or more About $49

    Okapi Bluetooth tSense. Early bird special! This is not a full Okapi system. Okapi tSense is a cut-down version that has five temperature sensors as well as Bluetooth but no fan control capability. Okapi tSense is USB powered and is compatible with the Okapi Manager Android app. This system basically allows you to monitor your solar heaters (actually, any temperature sources) in real-time, as well as log all data (which is broadcast every second). All sensors are wired, two with four feet lengths of wire and two with nine feet lengths of wire. This early bird model is already mounted in a box enclosure which is included in the super low price. Add $5 for a USB mains AC adapter (North America standard).

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    Pledge CA$ 69 or more About $52

    Okapi Bluetooth tSense. This is not a full Okapi system. Okapi tSense is a cut-down version that has five temperature sensors as well as Bluetooth but no fan control capability. Okapi tSense is USB powered and is compatible with the Okapi Manager Android app. This system basically allows you to monitor your solar heaters (actually, any temperature sources) in real-time, as well as log all data (which is broadcast every second). All sensors are wired, two with four feet lengths of wire and two with nine feet lengths of wire. Add $10 to pledge if you want the circuit mounted in a box enclosure. Add $5 for a USB mains AC adapter (North America standard).

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    Pledge CA$ 159 or more About $119

    Okapi 2 Bluetooth (starter set for customers anywhere on this sunny planet). Boxed control system for TWO solar air heaters. Includes all sensors and all connecting wires. Power supply and fans NOT included (please purchase these items separately by using our guide).

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    Pledge CA$ 189 or more About $141

    Okapi Bluetooth (USA and Canada only). Complete boxed control system for ONE solar air heater. Includes fan, sensors, all connecting wires and power adapter.

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    Pledge CA$ 199 or more About $149

    Okapi 2 Bluetooth #1. The very first production model, fully tested (and photographed). Only One available and substantially marked-down for one lucky Kickstarter! Complete boxed control system for TWO solar air heaters. Includes fans, sensors and all connecting wires.North American power supply mains adapter included.

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    Pledge CA$ 209 or more About $156

    Okapi 2 Bluetooth. Early bird special! Only One available and substantially marked-down for one lucky Kickstarter! Complete boxed control system for TWO solar air heaters. Includes fans, sensors and all connecting wires. Power supply mains adapter included (please specify US, EU, UK or AUS location). Free shipping in Canada. Shipping is basic so please contact us to upgrade to expedited, if desired.

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    Pledge CA$ 214 or more About $160

    Final Week Special Offer! Okapi 2 Bluetooth (USA and Canada only). Complete boxed control system for TWO solar air heaters. Includes fans, sensors and all connecting wires. Power adapter also included. Only ONE available on this offer. Save $25 (before someone else does)!

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    Pledge CA$ 239 or more About $179

    Okapi 2 Bluetooth (International). Complete boxed control system for TWO solar air heaters. Includes fans, sensors and all connecting wires. Power adapter also included (please specify EU, UK or AUS location). Shipping is basic so please contact us to upgrade to expedited, if desired.

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