Heat Seek Blog

  1. Switching to DigiMesh

    We were using the ZigBee protocol for the mesh network but it looks like DigiMesh is a better option. With ZigBee, all the nodes in the network need to be on all the time to receive messages, but with DigiMesh, they can sleep most of the time, and then wake up in synchrony to transmit signals at a predetermined time. This means our battery life could potentially be over a year.

    If we want our heat logs to hold up in court, we’ll have to be able to verify that our sensor readings are accurate. Having tenants have to change batteries in the middle of heat season would involve opening up the sensor, changing the battery, and then re-applying the tamper proof tape, but if the batteries could last an entire season it would eliminate that need. Plus, we want the sensors to be as easy to use as possible - basically “set it and forget it” - and this would mean tenants could do just that and not have to worry about the sensor at all once its installed.

    - AUG 04, 2014 -

  2. Promo Video

    We shot our promo video today, or at least the bulk of it. The video team volunteered their time out of the kindness of their hearts and their belief in our cause, so Heat Seek just got what would be thousands of dollars worth of video production work for free. It’s unbelievable how lucky we’ve been in stumbling across incredibly talented people who want to help us out. It really is a testament to the incredible city we live in. We’ll share the video as soon as we have a final cut!

    - AUG 01, 2014 -

  3. Partnering with CASA

    We just had a great phone call with CASA (Community Action for Safe Apartments), a community organization that helps tenants in the Southwest Bronx organize around issues of affordable housing and safe living conditions. According to their Facebook page:

    CASA’s work is grounded in the belief that everyone has a basic right to a safe, healthy, affordable and a stable home. Through unifying neighbors, educating and organizing tenants, we are shifting the balance of power in our neighborhoods, all the while protecting our homes!

    Like every community group we’ve talked to, they’re incredibly supportive and excited about what we’re doing. We’re hoping we can present at one of their fall meetings and get sensors to interested tenants in time for heating season!

    - JUL 26, 2014 -

  4. Winning the Battleground

    We won the popular vote at the NYCBigApps competition, and then went on to win the Battleground, earning us an automatic pass to the finals in September! Amazing. Thanks so much to everyone who voted, and to everyone who came out and supported us. Thanks also to our amazing team who made this all happen, and to the judges who voted UNANIMOUSLY for Heat Seek!

    - JUL 20, 2014 -