Vertex Aquaristik just announced that their upcoming Vertex Cerebra controller will be released to beta testers by the end of March.
When the first news about the Vertex Cerebra came out at ReefBuilders, I had a hard time conceptualizing a stand alone product with a 7-inch screen. I even posted the following:
I don’t see the logic in this. In the age of iPhones, iPads, web browsers, and web-connected TVs, why create a separate standalone product that add additional expense to the hobbyist?
Well, eight months later, it seems like a lot has changed and things have become much clearer. The Vertex Cerebra will actually be a custom built Android (yup, Google’s mobile operating system) Froyo (2.2) device with a 3.5-inch touch screen display. It will support several wireless connectivity standards like WiFi, Bluetooth, 3G (GSM), and even Zig-Bee. It will have an embedded web server built-in so you can access it anywhere over the internet. Firmware update is even automatic and OTA (over-the-air).
What can it monitor and control? A lot! — PH, ORP, temperature, conductivity, dissolved oxygen, humidity, and dissolved and ambient CO2 to name a few. It even looks like Vertex is coming out with a range of “V-Chrome colorimeter” products that will let you monitor and control calcium, magnesium, etc. It will also definitely control other Vertex products like their Illumina and Illumilux LED lighting, Libra dosing system, and an upcoming V-Cam wireless camera module.
Additional modules for PWM, 6 and 8 controllable outlet modules, air and fluid meters and regulators, Par/Lux meters, optical and mechanical level sensors, leak detectors, etc.
Since the Cerebra is running Android, you can purchase and install additional apps from the Vertex App-Store. If you are an Android developer, create custom apps for the Cerebra and sell or share them at the store as well.
As a mobile and reef enthusiast, these are the kinds of devices I am waiting for and I’m hyped! I just wish that it will be affordable for the hobbyist when it hits the stores sometime June.
Now, to find out how to get in that beta testing group…
Full press release after the break:
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