The CamBike Sensor Makeathon was a one-day event held as part of the CamBike Sensor project, a student-led initiative to map the road and air quality of the cycling routes of Cambridge. By encouraging Cambridge residents to assemble and/or use the easy-to-build sensors, as well as access the analysed data, this project will bring the world of science closer to the community and promote engagement with issues relating to the quality of the local environment.
The student team has developed a modular sensor hub that contains an accelerometer and particulate matter (PM10) sensor, as well as a LoRaWAN module that allows low-power wireless data transmission.We considered methods to self-power the system, to ensure it is fit for use. Additionally, we are designing a casing that will allow the sensor hub to be mounted onto bikes of all shapes and sizes, and that will not interfere with the function of the PM10 sensor or power supply. In the Makeathon, participants were invited to contribute ideas to solve these challenges.
We explored solutions to the following challenges:
Ideas for the casing?
Hm - that's a Raspberry Pi - could we use it?
Is that a lunchbox? No, it was used for pipettes.
What can't be missing? Bikes of course!
Ward Hills (right) helped us organising - thank you again!
Could we mount it like this?
That looks serious!
And a bike again.
Programming is fun!
More ideas, anyone?