If you've heard of Modiot Labs, it's probably because of FloatHub®, our flagship product. FloatHub is an internet connected device that monitors marine vessels and their systems. We created it because we love boating and we wanted a truly cost-effective way to get data off our boats and into a web-based medium where we could easily interact with it.
FloatHub securely communicates information about the current state
of your vessel to internet-based servers. Want to check the
voltage of your starting battery? Compared to last week? From a
coffee shop in Austin? While your boat swings on a mooring in the
Chesapeake? No problem. That's exactly what FloatHub was
designed to enable. And you can do it from any computer, phone,
or tablet using only a browser.
FloatHub is built around an off-the-shelf Arduino Mega micro-controller board. Together with the design of the enclosure, this exposes:
Inside the device, a FloatHub Shield is attached to the Mega. It has a number of onboard components including:
All FloatHub devices have WiFi connectivity. There is also a model which adds cellular connectivity.
We use a simple line-oriented data protocol (PDF) to send information from the device up to the web. Some of the items monitored and possible uses are: