Archive for July 2, 2017

FloatHub Now On Kickstarter

Posted in Commentary with tags on July 2, 2017 by itnerd

FloatHub is peace of mind for boaters. It combines hardware and software to let you know what’s going on with your vessel, especially when you can’t be on board.

Because the device is constantly relaying information about your boat and its systems, the website gives you an up to date view of the state of your boat. Fully customizable event rules can alert you by email or sms if, for example, a battery voltage drops too low or your boat moves away from your mooring point.

There are two hardware versions of the FloatHub device:

  • The standard WiFi model uses onboard or nearby/marina WiFi to transmit data about your vessel. This model has been in advanced field testing for several months and is ready to move to production.
  • The cellular version adds GSM data capabilities to the device, enabling data transmission in areas where there is no WiFi coverage (but there is cellular coverage). This model is currently in alpha testing and is expected to be production ready in 3-4 months.

FloatHub can also transmit industry standard NMEA-0183 data over WiFi. So your phone, tablet, or laptop charting application can display realtime data about your vessel while you’re onboard. If you’ve wired an AIS receiver to FloatHub’s high speed data port, you can even see data about other vessels in the vicinity that are transmitting AIS information.

FloatHub is now on Kickstarter.

UPDATE: Here’s a story that describes how FloatHub went from a “minor disaster” to preparing to launch on Kickstarter