There are a number of earthquake detector projects for the raspberry pi. These are good for anyone living in an area prone to earthquakes or for those that want to try to detect distant quakes themselves.
This project is not focused on detecting quakes, but uses USGS earthquake data to make an interesting little alerting system. Sure, you can always go to your PC and browse the USGS maps for the latest data, but you are a Maker and this is a project for Makers!
What does it do? • It collects the USGS earthquake data for the past 15 minutes. • It rattles its box and flashes its lights to the magnitude of the quake • It displays location, magnitude and other data on a small LCD screen • It plays earthquake sounds (optionally)
You set the minimum magnitude level you wish it to alarm on. But note, if you set to below 2.0, it will probably go off almost constantly!
Adafruit I2S 3W Class D Amplifier Breakout – MAX98357A: Listen to this good news – we now have an all in one digital audio amp breakout board that works incredibly well with the Raspberry Pi! If you’re looking for an easy and low cost way to get you digital sound files bumpin’ then the MAX08357 I2S Amp Breakout is for you. It takes standard I2S digital audio input and, not only decodes it into analog, but also amplifies it directly into a speaker. Perfect for adding compact amplified sound, it takes 2 breakouts (I2S DAC + Amp) and combines them into one. (read more)
NeoPixel Stick – 8 x 5050 RGB LED with Integrated Drivers: Make your own little LED strip arrangement with this stick of NeoPixel LEDs. We crammed 8 of the tiny 5050 (5mm x 5mm) smart RGB LEDs onto a PCB with mounting holes and a chainable design. Use only one microcontroller pin to control as many as you can chain together! Each LED is addressable as the driver chip is inside the LED. Each one has ~18mA constant current drive so the color will be very consistent even if the voltage varies, and no external choke resistors are required making the design slim. Power the whole thing with 5VDC (4-7V works) and you’re ready to rock. (read more)
Vibrating Mini Motor Disc: *BZZZZZZZZZZ* Feel that? That’s your little buzzing motor, and for any haptic feedback project you’ll want to pick up a few of them. These vibe motors are tiny discs, completely sealed up so they’re easy to use and embed. (read more)
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