Final Scheduled Update...
Happy holidays everybody. This is our final regularly scheduled update. We want to thank you all again for your support in getting Sensordrone off the ground and for following, supporting, and pushing us forward over the past year and a half. We may send out an update in the future if there is something really exciting to announce (there will be), but with this update we want to just summarize everything.
First, Some Fun:
Here's a fun video we put together for Sensordrone last month. Hope you like it, if you do, share it with others.
Thanks to you, Sensordrone is in production with a growing user base. There will continue to be new apps and updates going forward. All future updates will be posted on our website: http://sensorcon.com/sensordrone/
There are several programmers & hobbyists using Sensordrone for projects now. For source code, API, developer forum and technical discussions, keep coming back to our developer site: http://developer.sensordrone.com/
10 Apps currently exist for Android from us, and there are a couple 3rd party apps available as well. Search Sensordrone in google play occasionally to see if there's anything new. Our Google Play homepage with all of our app listings is here: https://play.google.com/store/apps/developer?id=Sensorcon,+Inc.
We have submitted 7 apps to Apple. As of this writing, 2 are published, with the rest under review. Keep an eye on the app store and our website over the coming weeks & months or a flurry of new apps to try.
We're shipping all of the add on modules we originally planned for, which include CO2 air quality, and water quality sensors for Dissolved Oxygen and pH. These modules currently have apps for Android only. If you'd like to learn more about these modules visit our extension page: http://sensorcon.com/sensordrone-extensions/
Newest features (aka Beta)
We'll be rolling out new apps and functionality in Beta for the public to try out and let us know what problems exist prior to full release. We've completed internal Alpha testing of on-board data logging, and will be releasing it to beta next week. In order to become a beta tester, you'll need to update your firmware next week with the latest beta firmware, which will always be updated here: http://developer.sensordrone.com/downloads/
You'll also need to sign up to become a Beta tester of the beta apps, which is outlined here: http://developer.sensordrone.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=91
Thank You Again
You all have supported us to make Sensordrone, which is our attempt to consolidate multiple devices into a single multipurpose sensor. This has not been easy, and we continue to refine things, but this is beginning to happen. Right now, Sensordrone is a tool that is very powerful, but perhaps still a little rough around the edges.
It is simple for the average consumer to understand a sensing device that only does 1 thing (e.g. a pedometer, thermometer, bluetooth key finder, etc.). It is currently a challenge for many people to quickly understand what Sensordrone is, and that it offers not only several uses today, but many additional uses in the future.
You, our backers, are all obviously not average consumers, as you have all shown that you have enough vision to believe that what we said is not only possible, but that it actually makes sense, perhaps in the same way that 35 years ago a small segment of the population said: "Hey, I was looking for a typewriter, but buying a computer might actually be a better investment!"
So, What's Next?
Our path forward is to make the Sensordrone concept better and more understandable and useful for more people. Our company's foundation is in hardware and manufacturing. (more about us here if you're interested: http://sensorcon.com/about/)
Most of the world seems intent on making the coming internet of things a subscription model with a bunch of closed software systems built on top of crummy hardware. Data is gathered by you, owned by somebody else, then sold to another group.
Our approach is the opposite...
We feel that quality and flexible hardware should serve as a foundation to collecting more data that you own and can choose to share openly for both commercial and educational uses.
We will focus our efforts on making sensors, hardware and software that can achieve this goal.