The latest iteration of the Hackerboat project by Hackerbot Labs was a highlight at the recent Toorcamp. Named TSV Disputed Right of Way – or TDRoW – the ‘boat’ is a modified two-person kayak with a Beaglebone brain, Arduino Mega, onboard networking, GPS, and three 12V solar panels (along with other goodies – utilikilt option for boat launch); the project was glimpsed in the video by our own Tony DiCola in his video recap of his Toorcamp experience. The project can be found on the Hackerbot Labs blog and also here at Hackaday.io – the video below of the Hackerbot Labs talk at Toorcamp includes many of the same photos seen at the Hackaday project site with greater context and backstory (hackerstory?). Check it out!
Adafruit 9-DOF IMU Breakout – L3GD20H + LSM303: The L3DG20H gyroscope + LSM303DLHC accelerometer/compass sensors are all on one breakout here, to save you space and money. Since all of them use I2C, you can communicate with all of them using only two wires. Most customers will be pretty happy with just the plain I2C interfacing, but we also break out the ‘data ready’ and ‘interrupt’ pins, so advanced users can interface with if they choose. A 3V regulator with reverse-polarity protection means you don’t have to worry about frying the boards by accident. There’s level shifting circuitry so the IMU can be used with 3 or 5V logic boards. And check out those mounting holes! You can securely attach this board to your rocket, robot, art project. Read more.
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Thank you guys for posting this! There’s another couple of Adafruit products in the Hackerboat mix that aren’t visible.
First, there’s an Ultimate GPS shield nestled under the main control board in the shot of the control box, just to the right of the Arduino Mega. It was originally supposed to be the Ultimate GPS breakout (and you can see the footprint for that right over the Beaglebone), but I think that was out of stock when I was ordering the parts, so I used the shield I already had from a different project.