pHin, a new tech-focused product for consumers and professionals in the pool and spa industry, won the coveted best new product prize at this year’s PSP Expo.

As we chronicled in October, pHin is a smart sensor for pools and spas that floats in the water and sends measurements — including pH, ORP, free chlorine, total alkalinity, total hardness, cyanuric acid and temperature — directly to the pool owner’s smartphone. When pool or spa water falls out of balance, the app notifies the pool owner and lets them know which chemicals to use to properly treat the water.

pHin partnered with chemical manufacturers to create a line of single-dose pods, including chlorine (or bromine for hot tubs), shock, pH increaser and pH decreaser. The device is compatible only with the pHin line of chemicals, which are shipped directly to the homeowner in a subscription plan.

While initially marketed to consumers, the company is also seeking to win approval from industry professionals. Should their pool need additional service, homeowners can connect with local pool professionals through the app, all of whom have been vetted by pHin.

In addition, leaders at pHin envision their device as an easier way for service professionals to monitor the pools on their route. With a pHin sensor in each pool, service techs can readily see which pools need treatment, which cuts down on time and gas required to check on pools, the company says.

While at the PSP Expo, pHin also introduced Pool Service On Demand. With this tool, homeowners can view the pre-qualified service pros in their area, check out pre-negotiated prices and hire them on demand.

"We are very proud to see pHin recognized as best new product at this prestigious event," says Justin Miller, co-founder and CEO of ConnectedYard, pHin's parent company. "This honor represents a fundamental endorsement by the industry of the innovation and transformation that pHin is bringing to the marketplace."

To read more about pHin, check out AQUA's story here.

Cailley Hammel is Managing Editor of AQUA Magazine.