March 25, 2014

Make a connected seismograph with Arduino

The Freetronics Instructables competition entries are now starting to come in, and we're starting to highlight a few interesting projects starting with the connected seismograph by Instructables member 86. Considering the recent spate of seismographic events this project is well-timed, and is also simple to make so you can track tremors and so on yourself.

Making the sensor itself is very simple, and returns a small voltage via a small amplifier IC which can be measured with an Arduino analogue input pin. Finally the data can be captured with a PC connected via USB using supplied python code and also sent to the online data capture service plotly - which gives a simple opportunity to measure more than one sensor in real time - perhaps a great experiment for geology or science students. 

For details on how to make your own seismograph with an Arduino, visit the project's Instructable page. And for more, we're on facebookGoogle+, and twitter - so follow us for news and product updates as well.

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