April 24, 2010
about 2 years ago
I used this in a project to meassure the wind. An arduino counts the pulses from the anemometer to compute a wind speed. It then uses a Spot Connect device to transmit this wind and temperature information to the web via the globalstar satalite system. This generates an email that drives a django based website. All the code is open source at https://github.com/fluffy/SprayWind and I look forward to hearing about what other people end up doing with this system.
This project was started as an little amusement to do over the holidays and provide information about the weather conditioins at Spray Lakes in Alberta Canada for the the folks that snowkite there. You can see the current data from this station at spraywind.com.
Some documentation of the design can be found at http://doc.spraywind.com/doc/design.html
I could not get the code at https://github.com/sparkfun/Run-SPOT-Run to reliably work for me but I have written some alternative code which has been working well. You can find it at https://github.com/fluffy/SprayWind/blob/master/Arduino/WindSat/WindSat.ino It’s open source (BSD) and the part for controlling the SPOT is set up to be yanked and and used as an Arduino library. I’ll set it up as a stand along library if others find that useful. I’m using it to send data from a remote weather station where there is not cellular coverage or other way to get the information back.
about 2 years ago
I love the stuff you guys at Sparkfun do but as other have mentioned, this board needs a bunch of improvements. As far as I can tell the 5v bus is not connected to 5v. All the pins should be brought to a via on the board we can solder too. The space over the USB jack needs to be cut our or not have holes so it does not get used.
Please, made us a new board that is better than the old one.
No public wish lists :(
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