…The case is made from two 2″ x 3/4″boxes from the Container Store. They are bolted together bottom to bottom with the same screws that mount a USB charger in the bottom, which also holds the 500 mAh Li-Po battery and on-off switch. The top holds a Neo Geo Watch sandwich – GPS, Flora, magnetometer, plus a pushbutton. The battery also powers the GPS’s VBackup pin. I’ve dubbed it my NeoGeo GoBack Machine.
FLORA NeoGeo Watch: Make your own LED timepiece! Use FLORA and its GPS module to tell time with a ring of pixels. A leather cuff holds the circuit and hides the battery. The watch is chunky but still looks and feels great on tiny wrists! The circuit sandwich becomes the face of the watch, and you’ll use a tactile switch to make a mode selector. The watch has timekeeping (one LED for hours and one for minutes), GPS navigation (customize your waypoint in the provided Arduino sketch), and compass modes. (read more)
Embedds highlights this useful project from Oscar Liang.
Small GPS device is always nice to have. One thing is that it can be used to tell the time. But most importantly it is used give coordinates of your position and other derivative values like speed and distance. Oscar wanted to build small GPS watch which were small enough to carry around and have useful features like logging.
Basically, GPS watch is based on Arduino Nano board which talks to Adafruit GPS module and Mini SD card module for logging. Information is also displayed on OLED mono color display. Watch is powered with single cell 600mAh LiPo battery. Charging module is also include in to box. Initial tests show that its accuracy is about 3meters and refresh rate is about 10Hz.
We carry a few different GPS modules here in the Adafruit shop, but none that satisfied our every desire – that’s why we designed this little GPS breakout board. We believe this is the Ultimate GPS module, so we named it that. It’s got everything you want and more:
-165 dBm sensitivity, 10 Hz updates, 66 channels
5V friendly design and only 20mA current draw
Breadboard friendly + two mounting holes
PPS output on fix
Internal patch antenna + u.FL connector for external active antenna
Startup OMsignal has developed articles of clothing capable of sensing varying levels of body activity, including possible cues to emotional state, and communicating them to mobile devices for self tracking as well as for checking in with loved ones. From Postscapes:
The shirt and bra being released for sale by the company are machine washable and have their sensors woven in them just below the chest to best collect ribcage extension/contraction breathing data and heart rate details. Housed in a hidden pocket a small unit encloses the accelerometer, GPS unit, and memory card storage in case connectivity to your mobile device is lost.
The company is working on an application allowing you to track your historical readings and privately share your data with your loved ones. Example scenarios for its use include sending your partner a comforting text message if you notice their stress levels are rising, or using it to remotely monitor an aging parent for signs of approaching health issues.
The clothing’s GPS capability can provide details on how your body is reacting to a certain environment. You might, for example, learn your stress levels are much higher while working from a coffee shop than from the office, or learn to avoid certain travel routes on your commute home if possible.
Nathan Yau from FlowingData created beautiful maps by using publicly accessible exercise app data:
There are many exercise apps that allow you to keep track of your running, riding, and other activities. Record speed, time, elevation, and location from your phone, and millions of people do this, me included. However, when we look at activity logs, whether they be our own, from our friends, or from a public timeline, the activities only appear individually.
What about all together? Not only is it fun to see, but it can be useful to the data collectors to plan future workouts or even city planners who make sure citizens have proper bike lanes and running paths.
This smart shirt uses textile embedded sensors making workouts trackable according to Gizmag.
French company Cityzen Sciences has won the CES 2014 Inclusive Innovation in Everyday Health award for its development of a Smart Sensing fabric woven with integral micro-sensors – these add the practical benefit of monitoring the health and fatigue levels of the wearer.
The Smart Sensing fabric reads body heat, respiration rate, heart rate, and motion through location via GPS. “The fabric can be made into any clothing; gloves, shirts, pants, you name it,” said Gilbert Reveillon, Cityzen’s international managing director.
The new smart fabric combines sensors, fabric, distributed computation, and a small battery-powered transmitter into a unit that links in real time to a smartphone. The phone runs an app that stores and analyzes data from the fabric, showing if the person wearing the garment is tired, stressed, or in the path of an imminent heart attack. Obvious applications are for people who find themselves in extreme conditions, such as athletes, first responders, and soldiers.
The shirt can perform many tasks while on the body, but there is more in store while it is off the body.
Perhaps the cleverest part of Smart Sensing fabric is still under development. Cityzen is working on a recharging system for the fabric, that receives most of its energy when the clothing is washed. This is a perfect use for a motion-driven recharging system – can you think of a better environment for collecting mechanical energy than a washing machine?
Picture this – you’ve just left the office and are getting ready to make your way home. It’s another week until payday and you know you shouldn’t be spending any more money, but you ignore the responsible voice in your head and decide to take a quick detour down to your favourite shopping haunt, ‘just to window shop’, you tell yourself.
As soon as you enter your shopping ‘danger zone’ the bag lights up with a LED light warning signal that’s triggered by a GPS chip. If you decide to ignore this and make a purchase, the bag will track your wallet being taken out and send an SMS to your nominated ‘responsible other’ to let them know you’ve had a spending relapse.
You may think that although these features are great, they’re only a deterrent and won’t actually stop you from making a purchase, so there’s also a real-time clock which locks the bag during vulnerable spending times during the day.
Still very much a work in progress, but finally got to a presentable point in the process!
Using Arduino UNO, Ultimate GPS Logger Shield, an LCD from (another company….for now), a few buttons, and a “Skeleton Case”….
this was created –
I’m waiting on a different/better enclosure and screen from Adafruit right now. Then I can button things up a bit nicer, get the screen out of the way of the GPS antenna, and make it a bit more durable. It’s not entirely solar powered. More “solar-assisted” as the USB battery uses solar panel to help keep the battery charged. But, I know I’m using more mA’s than the sun is putting back into my source!
I plan on using it to help me with my final project for my GIS class (Geographic Information Systems) to help me collect & track location-based data. So, I’m sure I’ll be adding a few other sensors & features to it soon!
If anyone has any questions…or better yet, advice/suggestions….post away!
Adafruit Ultimate GPS Logger Shield – Includes GPS Module: Brand new and better than ever, we’ve replaced our Adafruit GPS shield kit with this assembled shield that comes with an Ultimate GPS module. This GPS shield works great with either UNO or Leonardo Arduinos and is designed to log data to an SD card. Or you can leave the SD card out and use the GPS for a geocaching project, or maybe a music player that changes tunes depending on where you are in the city. (read more)
Ever since Twitter shuttered their 1.0 API, a lot of classic Arduino+Twitter projects have been out of commission. The new 1.1 API is robust and secure, but the authentication procedure is asking an awful lot from a little 2K microcontroller. The usual work-around has been to use a proxy server to do the heavy lifting…adding another piece to the puzzle…more code to run, a server to host it and all that entails.
Recently we got Twitter 1.1 API searches working with our original Internet of Things Printer. Now we’ve cracked the nut of sending tweets too…wirelessly over 802.11 this time, direct from Arduino to cloud by way of our CC3000 breakout board, no XBee, no proxy, nothing but net.
Additionally, unrelated to Twitter, there’s a new geolocation example sketch which returns your approximate latitude and longitude based on IP address. Combined with the NTP time sketch, this can provide net-aware home automation projects with sufficient information for seasonal calculations like sun position, insolation or day length without entering coordinates or using GPS.
EVERY day for up to ten minutes near the London Stock Exchange, someone blocks signals from the global positioning system (GPS) network of satellites. Navigation systems in cars stop working and timestamps on trades made in financial institutions can be affected. The incidents are not a cyber-attack by a foreign power, though. The most likely culprit, according to Charles Curry, whose firm Chronos Technology covertly monitors such events, is a delivery driver dodging his bosses’ attempts to track him.
The signals are weak. Mr Curry likens them to a 20-watt light bulb viewed from 12,000 miles (19,300 km). And the jammers are cheap: a driver can buy a dashboard model for about £50 ($78). They are a growing menace. The bubbles of electromagnetic noise they create interfere with legitimate GPS users. They can disrupt civil aviation and kill mobile-phone signals, too. In America their sale and use is banned. In Britain they are illegal for civilians to use deliberately, but not, yet, to buy: Ofcom, a regulator, is mulling a ban. In recent years Australian officials have destroyed hundreds of jammers.
A radio navigation research team from the Cockrell School’s Department of Aerospace Engineering and Engineering Mechanics successfully discovered they could subtly coerce a 213-foot superyacht off its course, using a custom-made GPS device. The purpose of the experiment was to measure the difficulty of carrying out a spoofing attack at sea and to determine how easily sensors in the ship’s command room could identify the threat. The animation above shows how they did it.
Becky and I were lucky enough to check out Syuzi Pakhchyan, our friend who writes FashioningTechnology, speak at the Wearable Tech Expo at NYU yesterday. Amidst waterproofing vendors and military tech vendors, Pakhchyan commented on the growing meeting points of wearable technology and high fashion, noting that “fashion seeks inspiration through novel manufacturing techniques.” We think so too! And are excited to see more of her beautiful posts that find these intersections.
Among other things, Pakhchyan pointed out the adaptions made by Swiss embroidery house Forster Rohner to incorporate circuitry into their intricate threads,
the GPS devices included in luxury apparel and accessories designer Asher Levine as the embodiment of embedding electronics in items formerly made entirely of natural fibers,
…and fashion designer Iris van Herpen, using 3D printed fashion design that right now allows for a new degree of intricacy in couture, but someday might make a new kind of individualized mass production.
As Pakhchyan points out, though, the two industries have very different embedded cultures, one emphasizing luxury, exclusivity, rarity, while the other emphasizes innovation, democracy and open information. At the close of her lecture, she also noted that the tech sector could borrow a page from fashion and borrow their ability to maintain a signature (Louboutin‘s red sole), tell a story or a narrative, and stick to a niche/brand identity. Between blinky embroidery, 3D printed bat wings, and GPS tracking jackets, we can’t wait for both industries to learn a little from each other.
This program enables you to connect a GPS module with PPS signal (or any other PPS source) to a Raspberry Pi and then sync the local clock using NTP. This can give you very accurate timekeeping. When you use this program you do not need to patch the kernel to get PPS support, you also do not need to patch the NTP program.