Thursday, July 29, 2010

Nimbits For Android 2.0 Released!

Nimbits is a General Purpose Data Logging System for any values that change over time. It allows you to record text or numeric data into "Data Points" so that data can be shared, charted, calculated against and visualized from anywhere in the world.

We're proud to announce a new release of the Nimbits Android App that is now available for download on the Android Marketplace. It's build on Android 2.2 (Google API 8) so if you do not see it listed in the marketplace when you search for "Data Logger" or "Nimbits" perhaps you need to update your phone's OS.

Version 1.0 of Nimbits simply allowed you to view existing points you created on the Nimbits Portal. Besides the cosmetic enhancements to the interface, Version 2 allows you to:   
  • Create New Points and Categories on your phone
  • View your points on Google Earth (if they have GPS coordinates)
  • Record values to data points (both numeric and text) using your phone
  • Use your phone's GPS unit to record the location on earth of your data entry. 
  • Enhanced account authentication uses your phone's credentials to log into Nimbits; you do not need to enter your Google account and password. 
  • Better performance by caching points on your phone's local database.
We're very happy with the way the app can use the Google credentials on your phone to authenticate to the Nimbits cloud instead of requiring you to log in with your credentials.

Nimbits has grown beyond simple numeric data logging into a full featured GPS Data Logger. You can use your phone's GPS to assign coordinates to your readings as well as log textual data with your entries. That data will show up on your Nimbits Portal, Google Earth etc.

An example making use of Nimbits' GPS Logging capabilities can be demonstrated with these data points that are logging Radon levels in the basement of several homes. Each Radon Monitoring device feeds data into a Nimbits Data Point. Each Data Point is configured with an Alarm Setting of 4.0 or higher. Further, each data point has GPS coordinates set to the location on earth where the monitor physically is located.

Using my Nexus One phone I can see the current values of my Data Points. Here, I also pressed the menu button to show what options are available on this screen:



I can select an individual point to manually log a new value and see a thumbnail chart:


The GPS Enabled message means that when I record this value, the current physical location of the phone be recorded with the current value, and the data point itself will be set to that location.  I can now see my changes on the map with the points that are in an alarm state shown in red.


We may want to check on the people living in the house with a radon reading over 6!  (this is of course for demo purposes)

I hope you get some use out of the Android App, and please let me know if you have any questions or comments.





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