Reasonable question(s), and excellent answers by the community thus far.
First question: Why is it called "groov"? gmitchell's answer is closest. I was looking for a single syllable word that could be a noun or verb, memorable, and available (groov is indeed a registered trademark). Plus, we're a California born and bred company, and the name had a West Coast groove to it.
Second question: Why is it so special? My opinion is our industry is moving away from expensive, Windows-based PCs for user interfaces and edge computing. Plus, many of us want to use the powerful computers in our pockets. groov takes a crack at both, providing an industrial, server-based system that's easy to use, yet powerful enough for today’s and tomorrow's applications for mobile, web, and of course, Internet of Things related applications.
What else is special? There's much more to come. groov as an edge appliance will continue to evolve with new and useful features and functionality. For example, we're adding an OPC-UA server with AB, Siemens and other drivers to groov Boxes as part of our integration of Inductive Automation's Ignition Edge software. And you'll get MQTT with Sparkplug payloads, too. More details to come next week, but you heard it here first.
The best part? Everyone who owns a groov Box under current maintenance will get the upgrade for free through a groov Admin update. And all groov Enterprise licenses will automatically be eligible for an Ignition Edge license on release. Pretty groovy, right?
And next year will be EPIC. I'll leave it at that.
Thank you for your continuing contributions and support of Opto 22 products. -Benson