Making Ruuvi Personal
Founder of Ruuvi, Aug 9, 2018 - 10 min read
When RuuviTag’s development began back in 2015, our main target was to create an extreme multi-use device for makers, students, developers and electronics hobbyists to use for numerous different purposes.
After the Kickstarter campaign we ran in 2016, RuuviTag’s electronics and enclosure evolved a lot and the device also got all the major certifications such as IP67, CE, FCC, RoHS, Bluetooth and Eddystone. All these enhancements have significantly broaden devices’ use scenarios. In 2017 and 2018, open-source RuuviTags have gained a lot of attention from big and small companies, and today, Ruuvi has more than 1 000 business customers in more than 80 countries. B2B sales have become the most important growth sector to us.
However, right from the beginning, when we launched the crowdfunding campaign 2 years ago, we started to receive great feedback and interest from personal users as well. An affordable multi-use Bluetooth sensor one could use almost anywhere in home. What’s not to like?
Now, we have decided to meet the demand and launch the sale of a single pack RuuviTag, targeted mainly for personal use.
Ruuvi Station Mobile Application
To enable RuuviTag’s full potential but at the same time not to sacrifice its simplicity and ease of use, we’ve developed Ruuvi Station mobile apps for both Android and iOS.
We’ll prepare separate posts about the apps and will go through all their neat little features. But for now let’s take just a quick look what Ruuvi Station is and how users can benefit from it.
No Pairing and 3-Year Battery Life
First of all, there is no need to connect to RuuviTags. Meaning, no Bluetooth pairing is required. Your mobile phone is simply just listening for tiny messages nearby RuuviTags send.
The design approach has several advantages of which the most noticeable is sensors’ very long battery life. In normal room temperature, theoretical lifetime of RuuviTag’s battery is approximately three years. The default firmware is sending with full power (+4 dBm) once every single second (!)
Alerts, Custom Names and User Changeable Backgrounds
Great user experience and polished UIs have been always important priorities for our team. When we started to design how the app would look like we took our time to polish it to perfection.
Every nice looking thing at Ruuvi including the app UI is designed by Sini-Maaria. Our talented mobile app programmer is Elias and Marko is responsible for the apps’ quality assurance.
Ruuvi Station Android app also has other nice little features like an ability to work as a reliable gateway. We’ll go through the GW feature later in a separate post.
The Android version has been in public beta for some time now and during the testing period, we’ve received some really great feedback from our users. Version 1.0 is scheduled to be published in the next coming weeks.
Ruuvi Station’s iOS version is in continuous development and is currently in private beta. Its public launch is scheduled to happen before the end of Q3/2018. The app won’t immediately have all the fancy stuff the Android version has. But it’ll also start gaining similar extra features after the initial launch.
But Where and How Do I Use RuuviTag Sensors at Home?
Here are some ideas where one can easily measure temperature, relative air humidity, air temperature, movement or proximity to the receiver:
And the list continues! Use a RuuviTag in your wine cellar, cigar humidor, pet’s house, home construction, freezer, refrigerator, bedroom, motorsports, fishing, air conditioning, car heating, outdoor sports and so on…