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New Bluetooth Based Tyre Pressure Monitoring System Keeps Your Car Tyres Healthy

You don’t need to guess anymore if your vehicle’s tire pressure is within an ‘ok’ range or not. All you need is to purchase the Fobo’s new Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS), which will be the end of your tire problems as far as leaks and tire pressures are concerned. The TPMS by Fobo makes use of Bluetooth 4.0 to connect to Android or iOS devices coupled with individual tire sensors that are used to monitor the pressures actively and aim at providing data in real time to the user’s smartphone all the time.

A number of similar gadgets are present for bikes and motorbikes, however, Fobo claims that TPMS is the first such gadget for cars. The installation for the smart gauge is as easy as 1, 2, and 3. It replaces the wee cap and makes use of 2 AA batteries for the ‘In-Car’ unit and a single CR2032 button battery for each individual sensor unit. The Fobo Tire gauge then connects to the companion app on Android or iOS platform device.

As per the designers, every tire gets its own unique identifier that enables the system to record data accurately and comes with a 3-level alert system. The alarm is heard over the phone if one of the tire pressures drop below acceptable level. Aggressive alerts follow up if the level drops below safe mark making it unsafe to drive.

In case you don’t have a smartphone, the backup system that is based on the in-car unit and covers live monitoring and notifications, takes over. The user is provided with information up to 30 meters away from the car. Corporate clients can have the device setup so that up to 20 cars can be monitored from one app. Although the device mounted on tires will be quite easy to steal, the effort will be useless since each sensor is keyed to the owner’s own Fobo cloud account.

According to Fobo, the device is waterproof and durable. It has been tested in extreme hot and cold environments and has emerged victorious. The batteries are expected to last about two years in normal temperature conditions.

Fundraising goal has been achieved on Indiegogo where for a pledge of $90 you can warrant an in-car unit, four sensors and the free app. Deliveries are expected to start in November if everything goes as planned.