Posted By Simon Montford on Jan 27, 2015
FishBit is an aquarium monitoring device that enables owners of tropical fish to remotely control and monitor their tank's water composition. After developing the idea for fun, the team decided to quit their day jobs, join a hardware accelerator programme (Highway1), and pursue the project on a full-time basis. Based on the success of their Kickstarter campaign, it looks like they won't be needing their jobs back any time soon!
I don't claim to be an expert, but what I do know is that taking care of fish is a big responsibility, and it looks very complicated, stressful and expensive! Just check out "Fish Keeping" on Wikipedia and there's a bewildering array of concerns including water temperature, food dosage, maintenance, water conditions, nitrogen cycles, and lighting etc.
The FishBit app (available on both iOS and Android) allows owners to remotely access their aquarium, and it helps owners make sense of data harvested by the FishBit's sensors. The FishBit attaches to the side of the tank and can synch with other devices such as lights and pumps, and presumably it will also work with a food dispenser at some point.
Current Labs, the company behind this smart aquarium gadget, have comfortably exceeded their campaign goal of $5,000, which is great news for fish fans! You can pre-order one via Kickstarter for $299 (£198), and the estimated shipping date is June 2015.
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