Member Since: October 17, 2012

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  • I have to say, because I haven’t used this platform yet, the OLED shield would be the first shield to get. An immediate feedback output for debugging and learning coding techniques. Second would be the battery shield for the portability it provides. But while learning It would probably be attached to my computer anyway so the first important shield would be the OLED shield.

  • Connect it to the entry system so when a person is authenticated for entry it starts making that person’s preferred beverage. No more trying to decide if you want a drink when you get home. Now you must drink when you get home, or waste a drink. And that is alcohol abuse. ;-)

  • Oh, also kudos on being willing to talk about this very personal issue.

  • Sorry to hear that you are prone to panic attacks (and SAD). Thankfully, I haven’t experienced a panic attack, but I have some friends who also have panic attacks. I know I can’t do anything for them during the attack, but I always try to be there for them when the come out the other side.

    Kudos on making lemonade here.

    Have you found any cloud data systems (like data.sparkfun) but would conform to HIPAA privacy standards? Would a phant installation on a personal home server be sufficient?

  • No boom today. Boom tomorrow. There’s always a boom tomorrow.

  • On retrospect, I think you are right that I misread the <4g acceleration limit as the item’s mass. My bad.

  • I don’t see in the datasheet any mention of PPS (a text search in AdobeReader for “PPS” shows zero hits). You might be confusing PPS with update rate.

    Unless one of the test points accessible on the top-side is the PPS signal, I think the only way to get a PPS out of this is to kludge a pseudo PPS by setting a PPS flag at the start of each second’s worth of NMEA sentences and then clearing it 500ms later.

  • This little tiny (and light) GPS module would probably work well for amateur high-altitude ballooning. The stated max altitude is 50km (164kft). When I was working at UDel, one of the projects I worked on was stratospheric balloons (we had 2 payloads, and collaborated on a 3rd). These professionally made zero-pressure balloons typically topped out at between 120kft and 130kft (under 40km). Many amateur launches using rubber weather balloons should expect between 60 and 105kft (18.3 to 32km), well within the max altitude of this module. At a weight (well, actually mass) of less than 4 grams, that leaves more payload capacity for other things, or to allow more altitude.

  • Don’t forget to emblazon these with “do not swallow” stickers…

    I suppose you might be “safe” as long as you don’t market them as toys. (I never did get a couple cubes of the buckyballs or cubes before they were recalled…) :‘(

  • Clever use of a lunch box. I might have set it up with the external connectors going through the lunchbox side below the breadboard mount. That way the wires coming in from the side don’t interfere with the breadboards. Also allows a little easier access to the storage area.

    Though, I suspect you’ve already discovered this and filed it away as something to do to the next one that you may or may not build…