Sonic Wave Recorder

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Introduction: Sonic Wave Recorder

First, I am a novice to the field of electronics and micro-controllers, started just 3 weeks ago, with an aspiration to make some devices for my field data collection. Here is what I created - an ultrasonic wave recorder. I shall mount the SONAR [ping))] sensor from a fixed platform having it pinging downward on the water surface and measure instantaneous change in distance (at about 8-10Hz) and write the data on a microSD card. Here is an early picture of what I have wired on a breadboard. After this picture I have included 3 LEDs to indicate Error (Stay Red), SD OK (Stay Green) and 'data logging in progress' (Blinking Amber). I have also included an LM35 digital temperature sensor and record its data, so that I can apply more accurate calculations of the speed of sound at the time of data acquisition. Hence I am recording one-way travel time in microseconds as well. Now I am working on a switch which will Start/Stop data logging. And then I will work on the battery issue. The second picture is a snapshot of the data captured by the device.

I hope to write a full step-by-step instructable once I am done, all credits with link, and the complete Arduino sketch will accompany at that time. I am so excited that I cannot help not sharing a picture now :p Pardon my excitement!

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    very cool. I look forward to elearning from your experience I am looking to build a device which I hope to use this tech over using a webcam and image detection. And resources you can share on the subject would be greatly appreciated.

    BTW, you could add this to the Data Visualization contest

    ... and here is a photograph of the finished thing!

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    Sorry about the long silence since I posted this photo. Yes, it is done to the extent I wanted it to be, and is currently undergoing some serious testing and field trials. I shall be back as soon as I get some presentable data. Thanks for your interest.

    Sound pretty interesting. Can't wait to check out the 'ible!!!

    AptPupil