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  • Weekly Recap - GPS HacksJuly 17, 2015

    This week is time for GPS hacks, whether you are trying to make a security project to track stolen goods or help your pet to exercise you will find some very interesting stuff here.

    Arduino GeoSteamPunk

    Here's a good example of how to make your own customized geocaching application. Folkert wanted a cost-effective GPS device so he decided to make one himself and gave it a personal steam punk look.

    He bought a GPS module and an Arduino nano to control it. He's using as well some switches, a beeper, a LiPo charger, a couple of analog meters and place everything in an antique wooden box.

    GeoSteamPunk

    After a lot of programming he managed to reuse the meters for indicating direction (the one in the left) and distance (the one in the right). A rotary encoder allows to show the current longitude and latitude and to set a new target, an the beeper increases frequency when approaching the target.

    Check our GPS module for Arduino, Raspberry Pi and Intel Galileo

    Read about this project and see some more pictures on Folkert's website.

    Posted on Hackaday.

    GPS Tracked Bike Lock

    This is a very common application for GPS modules: tracking stolen goods, in this case a bicycle. Stbennett could reuse some old parts for this project and built everything around an Arduino Uno.

    The tracker is composed by a GSM shield (with SIM card) and a GPS module mounted on a prototyping board. He included a LiPo battery to power the device and make it autonomous.

    GPS Tracked Bike Lock

    The retractable lock has been modified to be an electrical part of the circuit, this way whenever the lock is disengaged or cut the Arduino turns on and the tracker starts working. When this happens, after a short delay, it will send a text message that reads "Your bike has been stolen" and when the GPS module gets signal you should start receiving GPS location coordinates. So paste that data into Google maps and see where your bike is.

    Take a look at our own vehicle tracking project, using the GPRS+GPS Quadband Module.

    Posted on Instructables. Via Hackaday.

    GPS Dog Collar

    Becky Stern at Adafruit was worried her dog wasn't exercising as much as she should so she built a little GPS collar that tracks your dog and calculates the total distance.

    She used a Atmega32u4 Breakout Board and a GPS module to do the tracking, and a OLED graphic display. The code detects when you are moving and adds the distance to the running total.

    Besides, the OLED displays the walked distance in miles (easily convertible to km) and a little bar with the progress towards a set goal, so you can quickly check if you keep up the daily exercise.


    Posted on Adafruit.

    Tracking project by CH: Geocaching Santa.

  • A new update on e-Wheelchair project using e-Health Sensor PlatformMarch 25, 2015

    The e-Wheelchair project

    For almost a year now we have been following and supporting the e-Wheelchair project by Philip Case. You will certainly remember this amazing project in which Phil, aka “The Captain”, is developing a mind-controlled wheelchair using Neurosky products, Vuzix smart glasses, Mindwave Mobile and the Mindflex EEG and implementing Cooking Hacks e-Health Sensor Platform for body monitoring (e-Wheelchair project part1 – part2).

    What's new?

    The e-Wheelchair has a logo: Phil and his wife have designed a logo and a slogan. It's inspired by the glasses and the mind controlling the wheelchair. The slogan reads: “Power on your mind, move to freedom... ”. Hopefully it will help to bring the project to light and to stand out now that he's starting to promote it.

    Power on your mind, move to freedom...
    Power on your mind, move to freedom...

    Phil wearing his glasses

    Ups & Downs and Go Fund Me campaign

    Sarah Bennett, who is helping Phil and writing about him on her blog Tech and Toast, started a Go Fund Me page in order to collect everything necessary for the e-Wheelchair. Phil uses a Panasonic Toughbook because of its rugged design and shock protection but unfortunately somebody stole it while he was undergoing surgery. This Toughbook is essential for him since he only has use of one hand. Another drawback on this courageous journey was that last month Phil fell while getting into the chair. He hurt his back and has to have surgery again.

    But it's not all bad news, of course. Last thing we know is that the laptop has been funded by Vuzix, a technology firm that's supporting Phil, and the project keeps moving forward. He is using the Vuzix M100 smart glasses that he won in a competition. These glasses are controlled by voice and gesture and give you the functionality of a smartphone so it's very helpful to enhance the user experience. They also support native Android Apps so the e-Health Sensor Platform application is displayed on the glasses for real time view.

    More good news: Phil has now a Prusa i3 printer. A 3D printer is important because he can make himself the housings for the wheelchair and any customized parts he needs instead of having to buy them all.

    Another improvement to the wheelchair is the add-on kit. Now the project becomes portable and that way more affordable for people that don't want to buy a new wheelchair or don't have the funds.

    The e-Health Sensor Platform Expansion Box

    Complete eWheelchair and sensors

    As we said before, the e-Wheelchair includes the e-Health Sensor Shield to monitor vital signs such as Airflow, Galvanic Skin Response or ECG.

    Phil has designed and built an Expansion Box for the e-Health Platform. It's in a special built housing, covered in liquid rubber and waterproof. He included a display to visualize the data. The shield is powered by renewable energy through solar panels and a pair of dynamos.

    He also incorporated an additional part so that only the user or medical professionals can view it, since data protection is now a priority.

    The e-Health Sensor Platform has been extended in lengths so that patients can move from the e-Wheelchair to their bed and still be connected for monitoring Body Position, Airflow (Sleep Apnea), ECG, Body Temperature, SPO2 and Blood Pressure.

    The next stage Phil is looking into is to make the Blood Glucose system wireless. He is going to use a CGM device (Continuous Glucose Monitoring) with transmitter and receiver connected to the e-Health Platform in order to display the data on the Expansion Box, the M100 SmartGlasses and sent it to the cloud for either a doctor o carer to have access to. All of this focusing on protecting people's personal and confidential details.

    After these intense months Phil keeps working hard and carries on with his project. What started as a small plan is getting bigger and bigger. Now he's looking at exhibiting it as much as possible.

    We will be following up Phil's work and keep you posted about the e-Wheelchair progress.

  • Where is my car? Use Arduino for realtime GPS+GPRS tracking of vehiclesJuly 29, 2014

    If you have ever been victim of a car burglary and lost your car forever, you will be happy to know that Cooking Hacks has the solution for you: using geolocation tracking we will teach you how to prepare an useful gadget that will send you a SMS with your car location - and even will mark it in Google Maps - in case you get your car stolen.

    How does it work?

    This works as follows: you just call to the gadget, hidden previously in your car (in the trunk, the glove compartment or under your spare tyre, for example), and it will get the position data and send the realtime position to a web server. You can track your stolen car in realtime or even locate it in Google Maps.

    Use Arduino for realtime GPS+GPRS tracking of vehicles

    The heart of the gadget: the GPRS + GPS Quadband Module (SIM908)

    What is required to prepare this cool gadget is a Geolocation Tracker (GPRS + GPS) with SIM908, an external GPRS-GSM Antenna, an external GPS Antenna, a 9V Alkaline Battery, a 2300mA/h Rechargeable Battery and a Barrel Jack Adapter. With this materials, you can follow now our complete step-by-step tutorial that will guide you through the assembly and coding process.

    We will be happy to hear how this gadget have helped you recovering your stolen car. And use your imagination: we are sure you can use this gadget or a similar one to track other moving objects.

    Start now preparing your own realtime GPS+GPRS Tracking of Vehicles Gadget using Arduino with our complete tutorial.

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