Image: Steve Hicks snaps together plug-and-play electronic components into a wireless sensor array. Photo: Anthony Aufdenkampe [Click image to enlarge]
Anthony Aufdenkampe and Steve Hicks presented the keynote lecture and demonstration of open-source wireless sensor technologies -- a direct spinoff of their CZO research -- to the Eleventh Annual Conservation District Watershed Specialist Training Meeting in State College, PA on October 11, 2011. Aufdenkampe described the how the explosion of open-source electronics hardware technologies could revolutionize environmental sensing, and Hicks snapped together plug-and-play electronic components building a wireless sensor array from scratch in front of the riveted audience. By the end of the demonstration, Hicks was projecting real-time air temperature and soil moisture of plotted plants from around the room.
Here's the news story posted on the PACD's website:
The 11th annual state-wide meeting of the Conservation District Watershed Specialists was held October 11th and 12th in State College. Fifty-eight watershed specialists attended this year’s meeting.
One participant said, “It is cool new technology and very applicable.”
Fifty-eight watershed specialists attended the 2011 Annual Meeting of PA Conservation District Watershed Specialists.
Again this year, a photo contest was held during the meeting. Kim Bonfardine of Elk County Conservation District won Best of Show for her photo. Congratulations Kim!
Custom devices such as a remote streamwater sampling system and a multi-chamber respirometer controller can be built using open-source Arduino microprocessor boards. For wireless sensor network ideas, designs, and source code, visit the CRB-CZO sensor blog.