@blaineg That’s weird then. Unless they have designed this for areas that have variable water pressure and you want to know if you have enough to have a decent shower? I lived somewhere with a well. When it was running low/dry water pressure would drop substantially and tar would spit out of the shower. We could have used something that measured water pressure there so we could opt not to take a shower if the pressure was at the spit the tar into your hair level.
@blaineg@chienfou@Kidsandliz One our showers has the “temp-only” control, and we didn;t really want to rip the wall apart to put in something more practical, so we installed one of those manual valves on the shower head stem so we weren’t always running full throttle.
I’m surprised the IOT people have not come up with temp/flow control devices so you can monitor your temp and output with your waterproof smartphone in the shower …
They have. They’re busy closing their third round of VC financing after a successful launch of the app-controlled bluetooth toothbrush. Once they get the blockchain integrated, it will be the next slanket.
@chienfou@Kidsandliz@stolicat My home shower control is a much plainer temp compensating single handle temperature-only valve. American Standard, I think. Unlike a previous brand, the compensation really works.
I thought I’d miss the volume knob, but I never have.
I’m surprised the IOT people have not come up with temp/flow control devices so you can monitor your temp and output with your waterproof smartphone in the shower
I’m weird, I’m a high tech Luddite. I earn my living with computers and electronics, in the area of industrial automation. I enjoy gadgets. But there’s a lot of trendy things I will never have, because I know way too much about how they work. And how they break.
No smart door locks. No smart doorbell. No smart sprinklers (yet). I did compromise on smart security cameras, so I could get something running quickly before our Africa trip a couple of years ago. But I found out beforehand that Wyze cameras can be hacked for local control.
My main objection is “the cloud”. There is no cloud, it’s just somebody else’s computer. Can you trust them? Trust every one of their employees and/or suppliers? What happens when they go broke or get bought up? Or just get bored? Even if they’re not malicious, do they have even the faintest clue about IT security?
Nissan lost some of their source code to network intruders recently because the username and password on the server was admin admin.
Sometime I will migrate the cameras from Wyze to iSpy or something similar, and everything will be on my computers.
One day (maybe) I will automate the sprinklers, but it will be OpenSprinkler or SIP, not the IOT darling of the week.
I have ordered a Wyze video doorbell, but again, I have the option of running it myself.
Ring has turned evil since Amazon bought them. Behind the scenes they are using law enforcement for marketing and promotion, with a promise of unfettered access to a citywide network of citizen provided spycams. That is a proven effective dodge of approval, oversight & budget controls.
No problem you say? I don’t have a Ring doorbell you say? Guess where your neighbor across the street’s Ring camera is pointed?
Yes, I know, most people can’t do this. But be aware of the problems, and ask awkward questions when someone wants your money and trust.
@blaineg Oh there is no way I’d want to cut off the shower if the building ran out of hot water in the middle of the shower (hot water heater here can’t handle the demand at certain times of the day - which having learned that I try to avoid those times for a shower). Would rather rinse off shampoo in cold water than have to pour it over my head from a container that I fill up in the sink.
@stolicat nope, I had to look the site up but I’ve seen it installed in a house being remodeled. Six or eight different zones plus steam, controlled by a touch panel and I believe also by app. The control modules and mechanics/valves (including the steam heater) took up most of a 4’x4’ section inside the wall behind the shower.