After a power blackout at home, and being ill-prepared for the resulting outage Jay Doscher has created a robotic device that uses some clever code to rotate a solar panel to track the sun through an entire day. This is possible by mounting the panel on a two-axis controller which allows for rotation and tilt, making the most out of the charging system.
The position of the sun is calculated using data from a digital compass and GPS receiver, and lends itself to all sorts of solar-powered devices - allowing maximum efficiency from expensive panels.
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