Someday, Indian River Lagoon researchers may draw scientific data collected from devices attached to hundreds of backyard docks, helping wage war against fish-killing algae blooms.
Four Florida Institute of Technology students created the SensiDock during the 36-hour “Hack the IRL” hackathon at Groundswell Startups. Housed inside a waterproof box, the small apparatus can transmit river temperature, pH, salinity and dissolved-oxygen measurements, using the dock owner’s phone.
“It’s essentially the same as a crowd-sourced weather station. But it’s for water,” said Cody Clemons, a sophomore mechanical engineering major.