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: