The Crossroads School for Arts & Sciences InvenTeam invented a product to assist homeowners and water departments in measuring domestic water usage. This monitoring device for household water meters provides real-time water usage tracking through a mobile application. It increases consumers’ awareness of water usage and may detect leaks, which account for over 10% of water usage in an average California household. Real-time access to water usage data allows for an active approach in monitoring and lowering water consumption. The device relies on a microcontroller-linked camera that sends images to a server for analysis, generating numeric data from captured image files. Images are converted into easily-understood displays via an application accessible on any smartphone, tablet, or mobile device. The application also offers a digital badge reward system to encourage lower water consumption.

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