Kurt Schulz, scooterist and badass electronics geek, uses his powers for good to build the ultimate scooter computer. This Swiss Army inspired device has indicators for: Battery voltage, 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 and it can act as a Lo-Jack system; broadcasting its GPS whereabouts to Kurt’s cellphone. It’s MINDBLOWING how well thought out his system is. If you go to his link HERE> you can see how it was built and even find links to all the resources he discovered during his research. A schematic too!
When he started out, Kurt was building a simple volt monitor. How did it grow into THIS monster? I’ll let Kurt tell it:
I spend a fair amount of time zipping around town on my scooter, and thought it would be cool to add a voltage monitor to warn when the battery might need recharging. Waiting until the electric starter no longer works is somehow lacking. So after an evening with an Arduino Duemilanove, I had a simple programmable voltage divider with 3 LEDs indicating battery low, good, and charging. Done.
That’s when I saw Liquidware’s very cool TouchShield Slide OLED display with touch screen. It was telling me it wanted to be on my scooter. It’s a bit overkill for just battery status, so I added temperature and time/date readouts. I went to Sparkfun.com and found a DS18B20 temperature sensor and a DS1307 RTC chip. Perfect. Oh wait, what’s this…an accelerometer? Sweet! Hey, a GPS chip…
And THAT’S how it happens, folks. I’m mostly impressed at the fact that Kurt didn’t just let his imagination run wild, but he actually followed through with it to completion! I may have gotten so excited during the brainstorm phase that I would have been overwhelmed at the thought of implementing it all! BRAVO KURT! Hats off to you and your awe inspiring, makesmanship! And now, for a video:
Shout outs to TIM for the super nerdy scoop this morn!