We have all heard how fascinating GEO applications and Location Based Services are. I am certain that all of us do agree that LBS and GEO applications are awesome but then once in a while its always nice to get that gadget addict inside us to go wild and try something new, right? Besides, aren’t we anyway considered as the gadget addicted generation with all our smart devices. Yes, we do love our gadgets.
So how about building our own Gadget!
For all of us who thought it is rather a difficult thing to get into the electronics world and try something like building a new GPS enabled GEO data logger, think again! The GEO data logger is a simple device that lets us log data pretty much any kind of data that we wish to. Well, if you are wondering if that going to expensive. The answer is not really. Now you can built one in less than a $100.
I am no electronics engineer and my knowledge about these stuff is limited but then this Geo Data Logger: Arduino + GPS + SD + Accelerometer to log, time-stamp, and geo-tag sensor data by Instructables gives you a really detailed and informative picture of how to get it done. The article is an excellent source on how do build your very own GEO data logger aka our first Internet of Things sensor if we build it right 😉
What’s the big idea?
Ever wanted to be able to collect your own sensor data like something like Riazuddin’s post on Valarm: “might make” towards “makes” and his wish that some company take up that cause. Well, looks like we can try and play “Innovators” here and create them from home.
So here’s the thing – this awesome cheaper than $100 GEO data logger is designed to log road condition data. So we use an accelerometer and a “Bump-O-Meter” to log the road condition information and you have a GPS that can give you the coordinate stamp and time for analysis.
Basically, you have a prototype that helps you log road condition data and then you can visualize it and use it for like a lot of cool applications! Maybe even develop a lot of cool Apps. A lot of people would love to know about how good or bad the road condition is, in India for sure.
Pretty neat, right! In fact, this prototype can be replaced with any sensor that you might want to use it for! Pollution meter – Check! Sound meter – check! I mean the possibilities are endless..
So lets build our first GEO data logger shall we!!