Saturday, November 5, 2011

Lake Sensor Project - Sensor Package Installed!

It's been a while since my last post. We've been very busy with the new baby. Every once in a while I've been able to sneak off and work on my new project- a sensor package to remotely monitor various environmental states of Mooney Lake. I've finally be able to get it up and running, and it's now attached to the side of the dock and transmitting data.

  • Remotely monitor lake level, lake water temperature, air temperature and air humidity. I also attached a photocell to measure ambient light levels just for the heck of it.
  • Log the data, push it to the "cloud", and graphically display it on the Mooney Lake website. 
Current Status:
  • The sensor package appears to be working, and it's transmitting data to my laptop in the house.

Next Steps:
  • Write some code in Processing or Python (I'm not sure which yet) to push the data to Google Docs. My initial plan is to use Google Docs to log the data and generate graphs depicting trends over time. I'm hoping this will be the easiest method to create graphs that I can then pull into the Mooney Lake website. An alternative would be to directly create the graphs using Processing, save this as a .jpg then drive the .jpg to the Mooney Lake site.


  1. Cool project. This may be your first million. We're hoping to be in contact about dinner soon. Our baby E has a bad cough that we don't want to pass to your baby E. We hope to be 100% soon.

  2. I don't know about a million, but it's been a fun project. It'll be pretty cool when I get it up and sending data visible on the internet.

    Let us know when you want to have dinner....