A prototype is a preliminary model of something. Projects that offer physical products need to show backers documentation of a working prototype. This gallery features photos, videos, and other visual documentation that will give backers a sense of what’s been accomplished so far and what’s left to do. Though the development process can vary for each project, these are the stages we typically see:
Proof of Concept
Explorations that test ideas and functionality.
Demonstrates the functionality of the final product, but looks different.
Looks like the final product, but is not functional.
Appearance and function match the final product, but is made with different manufacturing methods.
Appearance, function, and manufacturing methods match the final product.
WiCub is a World First; a small battery-powered device that measures temperature and humidity 24/7, saves the readings and emails them straight to you everyday.
If at any time the readings exceed the pre-specified alarm threshold bands, an immediate email alert will be sent so you can take appropriate remedial action.
Very little configuration is required so it’s essentially a ‘plug and play’ device. Simply register it onto your WiFi network, configure the email address you want to receive data and if required, configure the alarm thresholds. All this can be done using your PC or smart phone web browser.
Once configured, position the device in the desired location and that’s all there is to it. You can be assured your home or business ‘assets’ are being monitored 24/7 and you will receive notification should the temperature or humidity hit the alarm thresholds.
WiFi Enabled - 802.11bgn - connects to your WiFi router
Battery Powered - 12 month battery life. Replaceable, of course
Temperature Sensor - accuracy +/- 0.3°C
Humidity Sensor - accuracy +/- 2% RH
Alerts - sends email alert when an alarm condition is triggered
Data History - data is measured and saved every 15 minutes
Daily Email - sends a daily email with all data saved during the day
It’s Your Data - no requirement for either a web portal or cloud storage and the data belongs to you
Simple - can be configured from PC or any smart phone web browser (no mobile App required)
Over the Air (OTA) Upgrades - Firmware updates over the WiFi network
Local Time Zone Support - use anywhere in the world with the correct local time automatically adjusted for daylight saving
Small Footprint - so it can be used pretty much anywhere (50x50x25mm)
Stylish - available in Smart Black or Cool White
Fully Certified - including CE and FCC
Ensuring proper indoor humidity has important skin allergen and other health benefits by inhibiting the growth of mold, bacteria, viruses, fungi, mites and other asthma inducing agents.
Reduce your energy bills by avoiding over-heating in winter and over-cooling in the summer and managing the settings in every room more accurately with WiCub.
Get your own weather report sent to your e-mail everyday.
Young children and elderly are more sensitive to environment changes. Help your baby sleep safe and sound by managing the temperature (16°C-20°C) and humidity (30%- 60%) in the room.
Use WiCub to check these accurately in your baby’s cot or bed.
Quality of Cigars is greatly affected by humidity.
Place a WiCub with your equipment to make sure the humidity is between 68% to 72% to protect against tobacco beetles.
Typical fridge temperature should be between 3°C and 5°C and freezer temperature -18°C.
Use WiCub to adjust your settings accurately and reduce your energy bills by avoiding over-cooling.
Remember, not all products are equal. Are the controlling measures in your Greenhouse working satisfactorily?
WiCub will give you this information accurately and can be placed anywhere in your Greenhouse to also check for circulation.
Protect against fungus growth on your lenses by making sure the humidity where you store, is less than 60%.
Put WiCub with your lenses to ensure the conditions are fine.
Laziness, skin agitation, dry eyes, asthma are typical problems due to incorrectly set temperature and humidity in buildings.
Use WiCub to monitor these in any room.
To protect your artwork, ensure temperature variation does not exceed 20°C over a 24 hour period and humidity remains within 20%.
WiCub will alert you if temperature or humidity exceeds its thresholds.
Ensure that perishable food items are always maintained at the proper environmental conditions.
WiCub can be placed with foods to make sure the settings are correct and protect against food poisoning and early expiry of food.
The life of your books is affected by the temperature and humidity they are stored in.
Protect against pre-mature aging and rotting by using WiCub to monitor your storage conditions.
Remember, not all products to manage storage conditions are equal.
If you have a doubt on the storage conditions of your expensive wines, WiCub can be used to provide accurate humidity and temperature information and help you protect your wines.
Monitor server cabinets, rooms, data centers and other mission critical facilities to prevent equipment failure, downtime, loss of revenue and reputation.
Use WiCubs to make measurements at different parts of the cabinet to ensure there is adequate air flow around the equipment and room.
Use WiCub as a building inspection tool to make sure the temperature and humidity in ALL parts is correctly set to protect the goods you are storing.
WiCub can also help you determine if the circulation of air is working effectively.
August 2016 - WiCub idea!
September - Hardware development
October - First PCB prototypes received
November - Firmware development
December - Launch Kickstarter!
January 2017 - v2 Prototypes and firmware refinement
February - Testing WiCubs
March - Manufacturing
May 2017 - Ship to backers. Hooray!
Risks and challenges
Our greatest challenge with WiCub is battery life from a device that is only 50 x 50 x 25 mm. We aim to provide a battery life of at least 12 months using 2 AAAA (quadruple A) batteries.
Our battery calculations indicate we should be able to achieve a battery life of 15 months but from experience we know there is nothing like field testing to give you an accurate result. We are running a number of tests in real life applications to determine what battery life can be expected from WiCub.
We have several manufacturing partners that we have worked with in the past so we do not anticipate any problems with manufacturing and quality.