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FireBoard Announces Amazon Alexa Integration
Use the FireBoard Alexa skill to effortlessly check your FireBoard temperatures, or how long you have been cooking!
The FireBoard Alexa Skill is the perfect way to check the temperature of what you are cooking when you are busy preparing other food. It makes cooking fun with FireBoard! Use any Amazon Alexa enabled device.
The FireBoard is a digital thermometer designed to operate through your smartphone or through the web, making it easy to track temperature. It can track up to 6 temperatures all at once. It will also alert you via SMS or email to make sure your cook is on track.
It's the perfect device for around the kitchen, or out on the patio, for grilling and barbecue. It's easy to step away yet keep an eye on what you are cooking. It also connects via Bluetooth® in case WiFi isn't available. The FireBoard's data logging capabilities allow you to view your historical temperature data. It's like a fitness tracker for cooking.
What makes the FireBoard Special?
Cloud Connected. The FireBoard connects via WiFi to our FireBoard Cloud servers, allowing you to monitor temperature remotely via your phone or the web.
Accuracy. We wanted to make sure our design provided accurate and reliable temperature readings. This requires two things: a solid circuit design; and robust and accurate temperature probes. FireBoard has both. We have had our prototype boards tested to be within 0.4°C accuracy!
FireBoard is also a Bluetooth thermometer. If you don't have WiFi, you can still use it conveniently within Bluetooth range.
It's incredibly smart. All your temperature data is stored both onboard the device and on your FireBoard Cloud account. Data is synchronized between the two - so you can always view your historical and current cooking.
Setup alerts to notify you via SMS, Email or Push notification when your target temperatures are reached.
The FireBoard has a Li-Ion rechargeable battery. It runs for 24 hours, even pushing data over WiFi! No need for extension cables just run your thermometer.
And become a better cook by making sure you're hitting the precise temperatures you need for your meal.
Track Ambient & Food Temperatures
We've designed our mobile and web apps to provide a simple and easy way to view your historical cooks. But you can easily export the data to CSV, either as a single session or an entire archive file of your history. With FireBoard you always have open access to your data! Download a sample dataset of the graph above here.
- FireBoard Cloud
- WiFi / Bluetooth (BLE 4.0)
- 6 Channels
- Temperature Alerts
- Temperature History (Data Logger)
- Battery powered (Li-Ion battery lasts approx 24 hours)
- iOS / Android / Web apps
Mobile & Web Applications
About the FireBoard Cloud
FireBoard sends realtime temperature data to the cloud every 5 seconds, and re-distributes the data so you can view it anywhere. If you need to head back to the office, or run out to the store, you can track everything remotely. Alerts can even be setup while you're away since everything is managed through the FireBoard Cloud. We use MQTT as our main messaging protocol and a REST API for non-realtime information. The FireBoard Cloud is free to use up to 48 hours per week. 24/7 monitoring will be available for $10/month.
With FireBoard Cloud the data is YOUR data. It's always available to download right to CSV so you have your history.
Even if the FireBoard isn't able to reach the internet, it can synchronize data to the cloud using a Smartphone's Bluetooth connection. This is a handy feature to keep your history available on the cloud, so you can always see what you've been cooking.
Easy 3 step Setup
Setting up the FireBoard is a breeze. Plug in a probe and you're tracking temperatures. Using the app, connect your FireBoard to WiFi and set up alerts to be notified when you're out and about!
- Alerts can be configured to be sent via SMS or Email
- Advanced alert functionality such as thresholds & time windows
- Alerts can be set remotely via the cloud
BBQ Competitions & Our Beta Test Group
Some have asked us - "What's the port on the side for?"
Our Journey - Beta Testing & Prototyping
We've spent the last year and a half researching, developing and testing our design. We've also accomplished the vast majority of work on the software front. Balancing 5 separate codelines has been a whirlwind, but we've developed the device firmware, backend server app, web app front end, iOS app, and Android app.
A great amount of time has been dedicated to lab testing and calibrating our device, making sure the temperature readings are spot on!
The Final Prototype Board
Why Wired Temperature Probes?
We decided to use wired probes because they are time tested and robust. Since the probes are such an important element we didn't want them breaking down in extreme heat. Cooking, grilling and smoking can expose the probes to harsh conditions and we wanted our solution to work well over the long run.
Our probes are RTD Class A probes, which are extremely accurate and precise. We believe they perform better than commonly found thermistor type probes.
About Our Team
Ted worked in the investment industry for the first 14 years of his career, focusing on building expert systems and proprietary software to support investment strategies. Always tinkering and soldering with electronics in his spare time, FireBoard has brought together Ted's passion for not only building businesses and software, but also building hardware to solve simple problems for everyday life.
Steven Briggeman has been consulting in the digital space since 2002. He has developed practical tools that are being utilized in a wide range of applications - from Market Research firms, college classrooms, state agencies, and small business. With FireBoard, Steven is able to utilize the depth of his expertise in web technology while also developing new skillsets in developing mobile applications.
Thank you from Ted, Steven and the whole FireBoard team!
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Risks and challenges
Challenge: Making Robust Temperature Probes
We use industry standard RTD PT-100 probes. We choose these because they are available from hundreds of suppliers, which mitigates risks sourcing these. RTD probes are also simple and robust, but we want to make sure as we continue to test our probes that they perform exactly according to our specifications. More about this topic is part of Update #2.
Component Supply Risk
We use a particular computing module from Intel which is readily available today, and we believe based on our analysis that the module is readily available. That being said, this component and certain other components are more specialized, and thus are subject to potential supply chain delays with large batch orders.
Volume & Scaling Supply Chain Risk
Since this is a new product, we will be placing large batch orders for the first time, and despite our best effort to research the availability of all components, there is potential for disruptions, especially if the campaign significantly exceeds its goals.
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