Lee Hart wrote:
>> "Would http://www.serialio.com/products/SerialMagic/use/Multimeter_BT_AAA.php
>> be something like you were thinking of?"
> It's hard to me to figure out exactly how this would work. Could someone
> 1. It appears to read the serial data from a particular meter
> (Protek 506). I happened to have one of these meters; it worked
> for a year and died. As I recall, it sent encoded data (its LCD
> segments, rather than ASCII values). I had to run a Windows
> program on my PC to read its data.
> 2. I assume their device translates RS-232 data into Bluetooth RF
> data, which needs to be received by some device with Bluetooth.
> Won't most Bluetooth devices ignore it, because it's not a
> headset or other expected device?
> 3. They show a too-small-to-read screen on a high-end mobile phone
> that I guess is supposed to be telling you what the meter reads.
> Where does the software come from that translates the meter's
> segments into sensible readings on the phone?
> 4. The Protek meter I had was strictly battery operated (no AC
> adapter option). It also automatically shut itself off after
> 15 minutes of use, with no option to keep it on. Their Bluetooth
> device is also battery operated, and probably can't operate for
> very long. How would you get around that?
> 5. What is this whole affair going to cost? It looks like a number
> of over-$100-each black boxes are needed.
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