Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Wattvision Meter Reader

Just a quick note about the Wattvision electric meter reader product. I haven't seen one in person, I was just reviewing the website, but this looks like about the simplest solution out there right now. I still like the idea of the RF approach, but visually inspecting the options on the meter is a good option too.

It's a little spendy at $250, but I suppose that's not too bad if it gives you the online tools and such as well. I think that a maker could easily hack together the same system with an Arduino and Wifi shield or Rasberry Pi and Wifi for under a hundred. And I think a couple of AVRs and a cheap RF serial link could do the job for about $30.


Wattvision said...

Thanks for the kind words -- let us know if we can help!

Anonymous said...

I want the AMR meter off my house worried about security and safety there has been evidence of house fires! Also I thought that the AMR Centron C1SR R300 ( no matter what the model number is) does interfere with solar panels and accurate billing by the utility company