Monday, October 21, 2013

Case Western University Students Launch Kickstarter Profile for "Smart Shower" Invention

Posted By on Mon, Oct 21, 2013 at 3:53 PM

Four Case Western University students have created a device that can save you money, and help save the environment. The invention, which they have named Sprāv, has been accepted by Kickstarter.com. The website features inventions and appeals directly to the public for investments. They went up on Oct. 17, and have 30 days to meet their $80,000 goal.

Sprāv is a water and energy consumption monitoring device that is snapped on to the pipe behind the shower head. The gadget monitors the temperature and water flow of your shower, which will allow you to see how much water and heat you use. Program Sprāv on your smartphone or tablet, and start saving on utility bills. 

Sprāv is wireless and doesn't require any tools to install. Clip it on, and Sprāv senses water temperature through the pipe and acoustically monitors water flow. The data is stored in the Sprāv app, which will be available for Android and iOS smartphones and tablets. According to the company's Kickstarter.com profile, if every person in America shortened their average shower time by one minute, the reduction in CO2 emissions would be equivalent to taking 6 million cars off the road. 

The LED light at the top of Sprāv's teardrop shape changes from green to yellow to red and flashes as your shower time ends. It may also start beeping, but that's still in the design phase. The device can't actually shut off the water, so you're always in control. 

Three members of the Sprāv team are currently enrolled at Case Western Reserve University. Craig Lewis is a senior studying Macromolecular Science and Engineering, and minoring in Economics. CJ Valle is a senior in the Mechanical Engineering program, and Tom Emelko is a junior in the Computer Engineering program. Andrew Schad is a recent graduate of the Cleveland Institute of Art, who is currently an automotive designer in Detroit. Lewis, Valle and Schad are the co-founders of Sprāv Water, LLC.

As of Oct. 21, Sprāv has 215 backers, $12,653 or 16% of their funding, and 26 days to go. Find out more about the project and contribute to local business and innovation here.




 

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