Author Archive for: kona

Particle Sniffer Data on Google Earth

May 18, 2013

I took the little guy out for a supplies run this morning and then overlayed the trip onto Google Maps. I think it’s ready to be handed off to Javier, Seth and Melissa on Monday. Read more →

Particle Sniffer ran for 15 hours

May 10, 2013

I found a neat rechargeable 1200mAh  battery for testing at Walmart (it’s meant for an RC car that shoots BB’s) for about $20 with charger; it’s a 6-cell 7.2v Ni-MH unit that takes 4 hours to recharge. Read more →

Particle Sniffer with GPS and Sharp Sensor

April 28, 2013

Using the Sharp dust sensor, I got Particle Sniffer to collect GPS and particle data. Read more →

Sniffer hardware: USB stick interface and GPS

April 26, 2013


Connecting a USB stick to a microcontroller is not trivial; there are lots of bare-bones USB host implementations out there that seem attractive on the surface. Read more →

Sniffer Progress

April 15, 2013

I decided to be proactive and start building a Sniffer platform. First on the agenda was GPS; I found an excellent GPS parser and built an Arduino sketch that logs data from any GPS module. Next, I want to add SD card writing. After that, we can add Mingus Dyne’s sensors and specify the data logging protocol. It’s coming together quite nicely.

Want to help? We need a procedure to encode and transfer the stored SD card data into Mingus’ databases, among other things. Mingus is already looking at enclosures and testing low-end sensors. We are actively seeking someone who can help us present the real-time data on our Camp screen. Contact me at kona@konacoffeeman.

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