With this timely release, Neutrino uses will now be able to configure and control and power distribution system using either the iOS or Android app.]
Configuration and management of the Neutrino is done by using the smartphone app connected by wired USB or wireless Bluetooth 4 LE link.
System setup includes full control of all six circuits with a diverse range of information available to the user regarding electrical (system-based) and environmental (smartphone sensors and app interaction) information.
While dynamic management of the system may be the norm for many users, the system can also be a true stand-alone power distribution system.
That is, once necessary pre-programming is done by a reseller or dealer to meet a specific motorcycle accessory configuration, providing a “set and forget” installation of sorts.
The Neutrino Cockpit app is designed to play nicely with other smartphone applications.
And depending on smartphone capabilities, it can become the control centre for the app convergent multi-tasking environment utilized on so many smartphones by so many riders on a daily basis, for every ride.
What the Neutrino currently provides and does is impressive to say the least. The following sections detail the design, features and specifications of the system:
Configuration and control via smartphone app (iPhone supported, Android pending) 60A total capacity over six configurable circuits.
Can handle up to 20A on one circuit (Circuit 2).
Direct battery charger input.
Programmable self-resetting circuit breakers.
Watchdog timer for automatic reboot of the system (if lock-up occurs).
Additional advanced circuit-level and system level voltage monitoring (configurable).
External thermo-sensor (temperature) lead.
Heavy-duty construction using six layer circuit board with heavy copper layers.
Waterproof and shock resistant module (not yet IP rated).
Accessible and configurable screw terminals for power and ground plane connectivity.
USB lead facilitates a wired USB connection or insertion of the Bluetooth radio adapter.
USB connection supports power as well as data.
Dimensions: 50.80 mm x 76.20 mm x 22.86 mm (2 x 3 x 0.9 in).
Benefits of the “Neutrino Cockpit” Smartphone App
Connecting to the Neutrino hardware module or “hub” can be accomplished using either a direct wired USB connection or wirelessly using the proprietary Bluetooth radio dongle that fits into the Neutrino’s USB port.
The Neutrino Cockpit smartphone app provides the user-friendly interface.
Just to be clear, the Neutrino eliminates the need for bulky relays and fuses for your accessories.
All of those electrical issues are taken care of inside the Neutrino module. Here are some of the advantages of using the Neutrino and the smartphone app:
System and circuit parameters for all of your attached accessories are highly definable; i.e., you can name the individual circuits (e.g. “EXO Heated Vest”).
Set individual circuit breaker limits, a “dimmer” or “rheostat” capability by using the system’s Pulse Width Modulation (PWM) variable control or switched modes.
Retain settings memory by individual circuit.
Set voltage alarms that will stop an accessory from overloading.
Configure circuit shut-down (auto, timed, voltage-based) if settings are exceeded.
Change units of measurement (temp/distance/speed/time), switchable between English and Metric.
Monitor and display speed, time, vehicle-voltage, amperage by circuit and system total, heading, altitude and, temperature.
And as identified previously, leveraging of other smartphone features and capabilities provides integration with navigation or map apps, phone, music, texting and email.