June 06, 2012

"Scooterputer" - The ultimate Arduino-based moped computer

Now and again we come across an outstanding Arduino-based project - something that is home-made but equivalent or better than any commercially-available product. One fine example of this is the "Scooterputer" by Kurt Schulz. Using an Arduino board he has created a system that features (from his site):

  • Battery voltage indicator
  • Time and date
  • Temperature
  • Lean gauge with resettable max L-R indicators
  • Current speed
  • Resettable max speed indicator
  • Odometer
  • 2 resettable trip meters
  • Latitude and longitude readouts
  • Compass heading readout
  • GSM/GPRS quad-band cellular module

All of this is displayed on a colour LCD, for example:

Kurt's motivation for building the Scooterputer was originally to track the battery voltage - however "feature-creep" brought this simple idea to quite a complex system:

Once again this system is amazing and really showcases the ability of Arduino-based hardware. For those looking to recreate this design we have a range of Arduino-compatible boards and sensors including our accelerometer and highly accurate real-time clock module. In the meanwhile, visit Kurt's site to find out how to make your own. 

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