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Measuring Surrounding Temperatures by limcher
November 12, 2013, 5:57 pm
Filed under: 2013-14

Following the jury and the first Arduino Workshop – I now intend on working with temperature, based around a waterproof temperature sensor:

Waterproof Temperature Sensor

Waterproof Temperature Sensor

This prototype will measure temperature changes of the surrounding waters around the iceberg ship, and will light it’s body up with a range of different coloured LED lights according to the different changes in temperature. This notification will then allow the ship’s crew to then move the ship towards waters of lower temperatures, allowing the iceberg ship a longer lifespan.

This would require two sets of temperature sensors to surround the perimeter of the bergship, one in close proximity for readings of the immediate temperature surroundings, and the second set at a farther distance to measure the temperatures of the outer waters. Based on the outer temperature readings, the bergship will then move towards the direction of lower water temperatures. LED lights will be used considering the fact that they produce the least amount of heat amongst all other light bulbs.

Bergship Orange/Yellow = LED Lights Black rectangles = Temperature Sensors

Bergship
Orange/Yellow = LED Lights
Black rectangles = Temperature Sensors

Bergship Plan view - sketch Temperature Sensors are deployed around the radius of the bergship.

Bergship
Plan view – sketch
Temperature Sensors are deployed around the radius of the bergship.

 

Other references as inspiration include the following:

LED Clad Snowboarder - William Hughes

LED Clad Snowboarder – William Hughes

Staple and Tissue Paper Glowing Iceberg - Gabby O'Connor

Staple and Tissue Paper Glowing Iceberg – Gabby O’Connor

Temperature Sensing Mushroom Light - Arduino

Temperature Sensing Mushroom Light – Arduino

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Hi Cheryl,
1) there are 2 ideas here that you would need to resolve, one is to light LED’s in different levels according to the surrounding water temperature and the other one is to create a movement when a certain temperature is measured afar.
2) Try to do one at a time before combining, or even just choose one. In terms of coding they are both probably fairly simple, what you need to design and figure out is a light scale / light pattern and how the berg would move (walk, float, pulled, pushed, kinetic, magnetic etc?).
3) There are arduino robots that follow people (using motion sensor), yours could be similar but using temp sensors.
4) alternatively you could measure the temp just once around the iceberg, the light signals the temp and triggers other icebergs to come closer (using light sensors). that’s of course provided that you were thinking of a network of icebergs.
5) if there is only one iceberg, what / who would the light be for to ‘read’?

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