ioApp is now on Google Play for Android Devices

It’s here, the Android App that you have been looking for… ioApp for Android is now available on Google Play for Android devices. This app works on Android 2 – 4.1, and we tried to format it for tablets and small screens. ioApp gives you access to a custom dashboard from your smart device. All you need to do is sign in with your ioBridge user account, touch Widgets, and select the Widgets that you want to see when you sign into the app. In this version of the app we now support Chart and HTML App widgets and users. We will be making similar updates to the iPhone app soon.

ioApp for Android - ioBridge Dashboard Widgets

A special thanks to all of the beta testers on the new app!

Download ioApp via Google Play and access your ioBridge widgets today. Check out our mobile apps product page for more apps.

Internet-connected Geiger Counter Happens to Detect Solar Flares

[Guy] is “Living Sustainably” and has created some great projects such as his Solar Hot Water Heating System and Electric Car Mods. His latest project involves a Geiger counter and some unexpected applications of radiation detection systems. Guy built an Internet-connected Geiger Counter so he could monitor the radiation levels near his home in Maine.

Internet-connected Geiger Counter

“The Geiger-Muller tube is rated to detect alpha, beta and gamma particles.  This means that while it can be used for local testing of radiation, it should also be able to detect astronomical events such as the radiation from solar flares.  So I interfaced it to the web using a spare port on one of my ioBridges so that I could see charts of radiation over a 24 hour and 7 day period.”

Geiger Counter CPM ioBridge Chart

The normal “clicks-per-minute” is 9-12 in his location in the United States. But, one day the radiation level jumped to over 20 CPM! The unexpected jump in radiation was due to a coronal mass ejection (CME) which is better known as a solar flare. Sure enough, there was a reported solar flare that coincided perfectly with the data collected by his Geiger counter.

For more information this project, visit Guy’s website where you can check out the live radiation levels in Maine from his Internet-conencted Geiger Counter.

Upgraded Chart Widgets and New Chart Types

We have upgraded our charts!

The charts have been upgraded to support many new features, including axis labeling, chart types, local timezone support, and enhanced browser compatibility. And here’s the best part… the new charts are available now.

New Chart on ioBridge Dashboard

The advanced charts have many new chart types available: LineSplineStepAreaColumn, and Bar. Depending on your application, you may find a chart type more suitable to represent the data. For example, if you are monitoring power or water, you may find that the Step or Column chart types convey more information at a glance. Now you have the perfect way to visualize your sensor data.

Visit the ioBridge Wiki to get more information on getting started with the new charts.

Let us know what you think. With our new charting platform, we have many new options at our disposal!

Water Pressure and Quality Monitoring with ioBridge

Elad Salomons of OptiWater noticed that his house water pressure was 9 bars. Ever since he made that discovery, Elad dug deeper to discover some answers. In his research, Elad discovered the ioBridge IO-204 Monitor and Control Module and connected sensors to the web for more analysis. He used ioBridge and ThingSpeak charting services for the visualization of data.

Water Pressure Gauge Showing 9 bars

Water Pressure Gauge Showing 9 bars

ioBridge Connected to Sensors

ioBridge IO-204 Module Connected to Sensors

Elad says this is his first step into the Internet of Things and learned a lot before he goes full-scale. “This operation, of connection stuff to the web is called Internet Of Things (IOT). The thing can be any device, even a toaster like this guy did connecting his toaster to Twitter (also done with an IO-204 module).”

Elad also wanted to share the discovery process and hold a contest. Elad’s contest is open to anyone that can correlate the data presented on his Water Simulation blog. You have until June 30, 2011 to figure it out. Visit Elad’s blog for more information or look him up on Twitter.

[via Water Simulation]

Remote Monitoring of Solar Hot Water Heating System

Engineer extraordinaire Guy Marsden of ART TEC has created a web monitoring system to keep track of his solar water heating equipment. Guy installed temperature sensors at various points in the system and connected them to the ioBridge IO-204 web gateway module. The IO-204 pushes the sensor data to his data logs and from there he can report the data as chart and gauge widgets.

“The ioBridge monitors the solar water heating system temperatures of the 40 sq. ft. Solar Heat Collector, the 40 gallon storage tank, the outside air temperature, and indicates when a solar powered circulation pump is operating.”

Guy decided to share his setup and also give you the ability to see the real-time values on his blog by embedding the ioBridge widgets. Here is a screenshot of the custom user interface that he created with the ioBridge widgets. Click on the screenshot to see his live data.

ARTTEC Solar Heating System User Interface

ARTTEC Solar Heating System User Interface

Check out Guy’s blog ART TEC for more information about this project and see other really interesting projects that he has created in the name of “Sustainable Living”.