We often get admonitions to reduce our consumption of natural resources like water, but it’s hard for most of us to tell how much we’re actually using and how to reduce our consumption in line with guidelines. Drought and the expense of water is a particularly big problem in desert areas of the U.S. like Austin. A new sensor called Driblet , however, provides a social and efficient way of measuring water consumption. Coming from a group of Texas innovators, Driblet, which is currently raising funds on the Dragon Innovation platform, is powered by the movement of water through its small module. The sleek module screws on to any 1/2, 3/8 or 3/4″ pipe in a home. Its information is made available via API, so developers could eventually do all kinds of things with it, but for now the app that comes with it will have a goal and an audiovisual alarm feature.
The device is particularly of interest to landlords, condo owners and managers of student housing, who have previously not had an efficient way of tracking how much water specific tenants and properties were using. Potentially, tenants could be left feeling coerced if their water usage is tracked without their explicit permission, but the device’s page on Dragon Innovation details a more positive story: it helped CEO Rodolfo P. Ruiz’s kids take shorter showers and engage in some healthy competition toward wasting less water. In the “Internet of Things,” it’s nice to see something working toward such an important cause.