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Old 03-17-2016, 09:26 PM   #1
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Invention: RV Temp Monitoring for Pets

Our first time out with the Georgetown last year, my wife panicked because we had the pets left inside while hiking and she imagined the power going out and then getting too hot inside. I thought about a way to solve that problem and I wonder how many other people might be interested.

I made a small device that allows me to check the temperature inside from my phone, send me alerts when the power goes out and send alerts when certain temperature levels are reached.

It works over the cellular network and there is no wi-fi to connect to. As long as you have a weak signal it will get out. It didn't really cost much to make and I"m going to have the app work on iPhone and Android.

I'd be interested in finding some people to help me test out my code and see how the "gizmo" works in other scenarios. Any frequent RV'ers out with dogs interested in this at all?

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Old 03-17-2016, 09:57 PM   #2
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We have 2 dogs and I've often thought about this scenario. We leave them in the camper with the A/C running sometimes.

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Old 03-17-2016, 10:11 PM   #3
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Don't they already make thermostats that do this? (Nest comes to mind; there's a Honeywell versions, too, I believe.)

They do work via wifi, though, I believe.
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Old 03-17-2016, 10:44 PM   #4
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I know I've read about methods of doing this on other forums over the years. The ones I remember involve having something that hooks to a cell phone to call you and alert you.

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Old 03-17-2016, 10:52 PM   #5
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Interested with a couple of questions.

1. I assume the cellular would need to be via subscription similar to tablet cellular as an additional device on a family plan?

2. Power outages would be indicated by abnormal temp changes where the device is placed?

3. What do you see as a target price for a device like this?

Sounds like a great multi-purpose device given a reasonable price point.
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Old 03-18-2016, 11:47 AM   #6
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Temp app

Interested in info!! I travel with 2 small dogs and also worry.
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Old 03-18-2016, 11:53 AM   #7
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I might be interested if the cost is not very much. I worry over our 3 furbabies when we are out. Give me some more info. We live in north central Alabama and cell reception can be really bad. Maybe use walkie talkies and do the same.
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Old 03-18-2016, 11:54 AM   #8
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I purchased a similar device in 2011 before my RV trip to Alaska. Monitors power and temperature in the home. Called a "temperature guard" from Smart Home Systems, then $250. Will go through a call sequence to notify you of temperature or power problems. Had is call my son first so he could monitor the deep freeze and frig. During 2 months away had 2 alarms. Work well.
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Old 03-18-2016, 12:01 PM   #9
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