This device was created for a final project for a class by a group of students at Indiana University. As sport fans, we thought it would be really useful to create a tool that would measure distance between two points. This could be used for many different sports, but we focused on golf. A handheld unit that could measure distance in yards from where a ball is hit and where it ends up is really what we were motivated to construct. Distance markers on golf courses are not always accurate and it is very important to know correct yardages to play well. This system could be used to keep track of the average distance for a certain club or to check the accuracy of yardage markers at the course.It works by recording latitude and longitude points of where the ball was hit from, and then calculate the distance from that location to wherever the ball lands.
The materials needed for this project are as follows :
- Arduino Uno
- Ultimate GPS logger shield
- LCD screen w/ buttons shield
- Barrel jack to 9v battery converter and 9v battery
- Soldering Iron
- Lead-free Solder
- Solder sucker
- Protective eyewear
- Small amount of wire
- Exacto knife
Additionally you will need to install the Arduino IDE and a couple of libraries for it.
I sadly must report that our code was stored on my Indiana University Box account which was apparently deleted after my graduation, so I am not able to provide that any longer. If anyone who downloaded it before it was taken down is able to send it to me I would love to put it back up.