Back in March of this year, Opto 22 introduced groov, a very easy-to-use program to build, deploy, and view simple, effective operator interfaces to monitor and control systems and equipment using computers, high-definition TVs, iPads, smart phones and other mobile devices that operate with iOS and Android platforms.
More recently, the company released optional free apps, groov View for iOS and groov View for Android compatible devices. Using the groov View app instead of a browser visually simplifies the interface on a mobile device by displaying it full screen and without browser menus. This option focuses the user’s attention on the operator interface screen by removing navigation buttons, favorites, and the URL bar visible in most mobile device web browsers, and makes a groov interface function like a native app for that operating system.
One of the more interesting features of groov is its scalability; it automatically scales to all screens, page objects, and gadgets. No programming is needed. Just select the feature from the menu you want to add to your display, drag it to your display, and you’re ready to go.
Bob Sheffres, vice president at Opto 22 stopped by our offices recently, and gave us a live demo of the groov interface he has on his iPad. One of the tasks he has it set to do is monitor his boat in California. He can turn functions on and off, from more than 2000 miles away, and, as you’ll see in the video, watch as someone walked onto his boat during his visit here. Take a look.