Thank you GetBlue and TEC-IT for donating 10 licenses for the Climate Tracker project to use!
GetBlue is a versatile Android application for bi-directional data acquisition.
GetBlue collects data from Bluetooth SPP, TCP/IP, HTTP and camera scanners automatically in the background. The captured data is forwarded to adjustable target devices, files, online spreadsheets or even injected into 3rd party applications. Bi-directional device communication is supported, manual communication functions for reading and writing data are available as well.
The data acquisition app GetBlue can be operated like a cross-switch: it captures data from an adjustable data source and forwards it to any supported target. The following devices and protocols are currently available:
- Bluetooth SPP and Bluetooth RFCOMM
All serial Bluetooth devices supporting the Serial Port Profile (like SPP or RFCOMM barcode scanners) can be used. GetBlue supports Bluetooth client and Bluetooth server mode, thus device as well as PC connections are possible.
Any device providing a raw TCP/IP socket.
HTTP GET and HTTP POST requests with adjustable parameters.
- Camera scanners
GetBlue offers an internal barcode scanner. External scanner apps can be used if required.
- Manual data input
Device commands can be entered manually.
Captured data can be forwarded via Bluetooth, TCP/IP and HTTP to any target device. In addition the collected data can be
- displayed (HEX or ASCII)
- stored locally in a file (including time-stamps)
- uploaded to a Google Docs Spreadsheet
- or injected into arbitrary apps on the smartphone via the GetBlue soft-keyboard (keyboard wedge operation).
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Rouzbeh successfully coded the GPS to read to the LCD.
There is a missing minus sign, but other than that, all good!
Here’s team member Barb making the front page in Technically Philly. Congrats, Barb!
The Climate Tracker has been mounted to the bikes handle bars and is ready to drop in some code tomorrow at Code for Philly and go on its first patrol…
The components are being soldered to the prototype boards at Cnuk EZ Industries in Brewerytown.
Getting ready for the EcoCamp hackathon this weekend.
Lloyd is working on connecting the climate tracker to an Android via Bluetooth so that we can gather and map data in real time.
Franck is overseeing as Aaron learns to solder one of our proto boards.
What Aaron doesn’t yet know is that he now has to solder ALL the boards!
Just kidding. Good job Aaron! We’re testing his work tomorrow.
The Climate Tracker is running on C-BETA v03. So far, we are sending GPS data collected from the controller to CoolTerm running on the computer.
The next step is to coordinate sensor readings with the GPS data.
Code for Philly was just featured on the White House’s blog as part of the President’s Climate Data Initiative:
Code for Philly: Using City Buses to Help Monitor Local Climate Change-Related Pollution.
Code for Philly, Code for America’s Philadelphia Brigade, is announcing the development of a new mobile sensor network they aim to run on city buses to gather temperature and pollution data across the city, allowing researchers to track the effects of climate change on and its pollutants in areas across an entire city. This data will be combined with OpenTreeMaps, a platform for crowdsourced tree inventory and urban forestry analysis, to determine the value of trees in combating climate change. The data will also be openly available so developers can incorporate and convey information on local pollution and heat levels in real time to citizens.