A flooded basement is all the inspiration you need to create a device that could prevent a future plumbing disaster. SAFEPIPE is a "smart plumbing" device that monitors the temperature of your pipes, sending you alerts when your pipes are in danger of bursting. After presenting this concept and a working prototype, the project is now in the works with Speakman plumbing company.
Concept, Logo & Identity Design, App Design, User Experience, Prototype Photography
1 Digital Temperature Sensor
Used to sense the temperature of the water in the pipe.
2 Pipe Valve
Allows or constricts the flow of the water through the pipe. This valve can be opened when the pipe is getting too cold to allow water to flow.
3 Liquid Flow Meter
Measures the amount of water that goes through the pipe. This allows the homeowner to know how much water is being used when the water drips to prevent freezing.
4 Sparkfun Redboard
Micro controller used to read data from the Digital Temperature Sensor and the Liquid Flow Meter. The Redboard sends a digital pulse to the Spark IO Core when the temperature is too cold
5 Spark IO Core
Wifi enabled module that sends notifications to the homeowner when it receives a digital pulse from the Redboard.
The Digital Interface
The Future Product
By consolidating all the technology and components into one product, the valve could be easily installed in-line with the homeowners plumbing. These smart fixtures would ideally be installed in the plumbing near the outer walls of the building, since those are typically the first pipes to freeze. A “T” valve would allow the flow of water to be redirected and possibly be recycled.
Illustration by Rachel Davis
SAFEPIPE was a collaboration with Avianne Tuano, Michael Balles, Rachel Davis, Ziyu Wang