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Bluetooth Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) – World’s First
Kick start* companies are popping up left and right these days; folks who are trying to make something of themselves by seeking to raise funds to come up with an innovative product and / or idea.
Indiegogo.com** currently has, “The first Bluetooth Smart Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) that works directly with your Smart Phone (Patent Pending).”
There are interesting products that pop-up on these sites and it is fun to watch and see if they are going to be funded within the requested time frame. Currently the Bluetooth TPMS systems is funded over 175% at $49,044USD, over 21K of their requested $28,000.
I do think this is a great idea and I can definitely see manufacturers possibly “adapting” or stealing this idea to integrate into their vehicles. The existing TPMS technology is unpredictable and unreliable. When it’s cold outside the light comes on (and yes we understand that the pressure is lower and when heated it returns to normal, but the light going off and on randomly is annoying). When the air pressure is low it doesn’t tell you which tire it is; perhaps the more high-end model vehicles do tell you, but it will be nice to see this integrated into all vehicles.
What is it and how does it work?
FOBO Tire is an advanced Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) using latest Bluetooth 4.0 that works directly with your Android and iOS device. It also comes with an intelligent In-Car monitoring unit that works simultaneously with your smart phone. So that you will still get an alert in the absence of the smart phone.
So what do I get?
The cool thing about these kick starter deals is their are usually package deals associated with people who contribute. For example, for the FOBO Tire set mentioned here, for $90USD you get 1 set of FOBO Tire #2, Comes with 4 tire sensors and 1 in-car unit. SAVE $59 OFF the $149 retail price * Add $20 for International Shipping (Product is shipped from Malaysia) * Tax not included Estimated delivery: November 2014
For more information about this product, check out: https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/fobo-tire-world-s-first-all-bluetooth-smart-tpms
*Kick Start companies, example Kickstarter.com: Kickstarter is a global crowdfunding platform based in the United States. The company’s stated mission is to help bring creative projects to life.
**Indiegogo is an international crowdfunding site founded by Danae Ringelmann, Slava Rubin, and Eric Schell in 2008. Its headquarters are in San Francisco, California. The site was founded in 2008 and was one of the first sites to offer crowd funding.
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