Ecotech Marine made a splash today by announcing a development kit for their wireless interface. What this means is that 3rd party companies will be able to create products that interface with the wireless technology that is in select Vortech Pumps. Tim Marks the president of EcoTech Marine had this to say:
We are extremely excited to announce the release of a development kit for third-party aquarium controller companies allowing them to create a wireless interface to our VorTech aquarium pumps. In addition to offering customizable controllability of the VorTech remotely through your controller, EcoTech customers will be able to download firmware updates and be remotely updated as to the operating conditions of the VorTech. The limits of this platform are vast and are only just beginning to emerge as controller companies take interest and start working with the development kit.This kit will be available to the industryâ€™s leading controller companies and we are working diligently with them to wrap up the arrangements necessary to bring controller interfaces to production. While we know that there are still many unanswered questions and we are working to provide those answers to you, this is all the information that we are able to announce at this time.
With this announcement we can expect to see a larger array of controlling devices on the market. Our first guess would be interfacing with popular controllers like Digital Aquatics’ Reef Keeper Elite, Neptune Systems Apex or GHL’s Profilux II (III?) aquarium controllers. This was probably one of, if not the highest requested features with the popular Vortech aquarium pumps. Who knows what else might show up to market in the months to come.