We’re happy to report that the Black Rock City Power Coop (and Particle Camp, who was part of the coop) was entirely MOOP-free. Check out the Day 7 MOOP Map.
We’re proud to announce that Particle Station is the latest stop on the Black Rock City Subway. A TUGS Tube (Tesla Under Ground Subway) will run right under the Particle Dome, providing easy access to every quadrant of our great city.
For fare schedules and emergency preparedness in the case of wormhole activity, please consult the Black Rock City Subway site.
Mind the temporal gap.
We visited the Black Rock Desert on June 1st to test our equipment and to get our first baseline measurements. We wanted these initial measurements to occur before the event was underway and while the playa had a minimal population. (Note: The Black Rock Desert is often called ‘the playa’, a generic term for a dry lake bed, and that’s how we will refer to it in this article.) Continue reading “particles on the playa — a baseline”
Gerlach without Burning Man is a bespoke surreal performance piece, an dance of endurance between man and environment. Missing the crowds & rules of Burning Man, Gerlach is still a remote and desolate outpost filled with the sorts of people who you would expect to find in a remote and desolate outpost, or perhaps in San Francisco.
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. Continue reading “Particle Sniffer Data on Google Earth”
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. Continue reading “Particle Sniffer ran for 15 hours”
Using the Sharp dust sensor, I got Particle Sniffer to collect GPS and particle data. Continue reading “Particle Sniffer with GPS and Sharp Sensor”
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. Continue reading “Sniffer hardware: USB stick interface and GPS”
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.