The Energy Conservatory® has just announced the name of their new manometer, the DG-1000, pictured right. It is referred to as the "Future of Gauges", but it resembles an early stage programmable thermostat. However, when compared to the aging DG-700, the pictures show a new clean, touch screen user interface. The website doesn't give a lot of details, but some features include the full color screen, built in WiFi, built in USB, mini USB and Ethernet ports, replaceable batteries, custom operating system, and a "landscape orientation for a distinctive look and feel".
That leaves a few questions:
1. How much? Does that mean that WiFi is standard on all units? The DM-32 WiFi model by Retrotec is $300 more than the non-WiFi. This could be a big selling point depending on the new unit's price point. The DG-700 requires a "WiFi Link" to add WiFi capability ($195)
2. The website expressly refers to the DG-1000 as being "Compatible with all TEC products". It won't run Retrotec DucTesters and Blower Doors as well? Over time employees come with their own equipment, systems are taken in trade, and sometimes you buy used - this is a pretty big deal. A gauge, like the DM-32, pictured right, that runs all brands and only requires you to point at the configuration you're using is going to be a no-brainer.
So far, or at least until they release more details, the only thing futuristic about the DG-1000 is their delivery date.