I haven't taken an in-depth look, but Opto 22's Groov look pretty sweet for remote equipment access - it's a somewhat similar concept to Fluke, but for mobile access to industrial equipment. The groov system has a box (~$2K or so IIRC) in the middle between remote access and the equipment.
@MFOSS582, I did get a live demo of hte Mooshimeter. Also an interesting concept in that it's wireless, but the Fluke system goes far beyond, with it's ability to connect to a second phone and display data. OTOH, Fluke is a large company with far more resources.
It is interesting to reflect upon the evolution of instruments. With SmartPhones, "instruments" may become peripherals and sensors with the SmartPhone serving as the control panel, display, and (perhaps) processor. This poses an interesting marketing problem for the instrument vendors. Historically it was the control panel, display, and packaging that impressed the buyer and drove sales. The rest of the instrument was pretty much out of sight and out of mind. Now any processing done by the "instrument" may be hidden in a small electronics module which is little more than a thickened section of the sensor wire and the purchased instrument may be a SmartPhone accessory.
The problem is the phone screen is so small. Tablets were needed where you actually need to see some detail. Today's oscilloscopes have large screens so you can see waveform details. Or, it could be that large screens are needed because so many engineers are too old to see small screens.
Just look at the scopes in the ads on these pages. If you don;t see a scope, refresh your browser. The ads rotate. I'm looking at one right now.
Seems like the big value will be in capturing many data sources. Hopefully Fluke is working on making small sensors that can be used in large numbers. I want Fluke quality, but for big data measurements...
The Fluke Connect is actually implementing the Industrial Internet model. GE recently brought its major factories and assembly lines under sensor and cloud data. If you have sensors and a cloud connection, then getting the data from any plant to your smartphone won't be too tough, and for that an app won't be required.
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