Mexico students target home automation with smart fridge app

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Students from Mexico's National Polytechnic Institute developed a mobile app to monitor the consumption of products stored in refrigerators.

Guadalupe Ximena Moreno, one of the developers, said in a press release that the application is based on sensors that weight goods placed on shelves in the inside of a fridge's door. The data is sent through a Raspberry Pi2B controller to a cloud server, where variations in product weights are measured and reported in real time to the user's app.

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Jonathan Fabián Almanza, another member of the development team, said the app is compatible with the Android system and will soon be available at Play Store.

The mobile app market has allowed Mexican entrepreneurs to target the home automation segment. Local start-up Vanedroid is a firm that is developing smart lighting solutions controlled with mobile phone apps.