This is just a start of my blog on the kit.
I recieved the kit about two weeks ago and my first comment has to do with the Quick Start Guide.
Who ever approved including the guide with incredibly small type should be sent to their room without supper. Have some mercy for us old people with failing eyesite. I could not even read it with my magnifying glass.
Luckily I was able to locate a full sized version on line and figure out what I needed to do.
After getting everything together, the kit performed flawlessly as advertised.
The temperature, barometer and humidity worked as advertised, though I would have preferred getting mm of mercury equivalent as opposed to altitude. But that is something I can change for my own uses.
The accelerometer was very sensitive and I think it will work out well for my application.
The magnetometer and compass is very interesting, and I think that it will also work well for my application.
So what am I going to do with this nice little package? Well, as some of you have read, I do lightning research in my spare (haha) time.
One of things that interested me about the MEMS sensor board was its ability to give me a lot of very useful data in a single package.
The temperature and humidity is essential to gage the rate that sound travels through the air.
The barometer lets me know what my local air pressure was during the storms.
The accelerometer will enable me to measure ground movement during heavy pressure events. Where I live, the Thunder sometimes shakes the house as the sound runs over the house.
Now the magnetometer and compass gave me a neat idea. I want to see if the electromagnetic spark from the lightning strike can be detected via disturbance of the compass or the magnetometer.
Cool idea right? When combined with the barometer, I can see if there is any ground swelling caused by the ground currents in the earth being pulled towards the clouds. I think I might be able to pick any movement up as I am about 100 yards from a local altitude point in my neighborhood.
So I will be setting up the sensor kit into a weather proof package that I can setup during storms.
These measurements will be done over many storms and I promise to share the results in blogs at this location.
So stay tuned, more to come.
PS I will get some pictures of the board uploaded soon.