The Thunder Board - I2C Lightning Detector - Grove Connectors The Thunder Board Grove I2C Lightning Detector for the Raspberry Pi and Arduino - is a programmable Lightning Sensor board that detec...Read More…
The Thunder Board Grove I2C Lightning Detector for the Raspberry Pi and Arduino - is a programmable Lightning Sensor board that detects the presence and approach of potentially hazardous lightning activity in the vicinity and provides an estimation on the distance to the head of the storm. The embedded lightning algorithm checks the incoming signal pattern to reject the potential man-made disturbers and various noise sources.
How the heck do we detect lightning? You would think it would be pretty easy, but it turns out it is not. It's not just like a giant spark. Well, it is a giant spark, but there are lots of other things that make electrical noise that can be confused for lightning. Your computer (even your Raspberry PI and Arduino!), your car, the motor in your refrigerator, your cell phone, your computer monitor, your AM/FM radio and even your TV. They all make electrical noise that can be confused with Lightning.The Thunder Board is an I2C device and detects Lightning and provides a distance estimate to the “leading edge” of an incoming storm. SwitchDoc Labs has two full Lightning Detector Kits: The Thunder Board Raspberry Pi IOT Kit The Thunder Board Arduino IOT Kit
Lightning Detector Pylon The lighting detector pylon is to move the very sensitive Thunder Board Lightning Detector away from the noisy electronics within the GroveWeatherPi. We noticed early on that we were getting a lot of spurious lightning detection from the device. Moving it about 30cm from the electronics in a separate pylon fixed that problem.
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The Chief Technical Officer and co-founder of SwitchDoc Labs is Dr. John C. Shovic. He has worked in industry for over thirty years and has founded multiple companies: Advance Hardware Architectures, TriGeo Network Security, Blue Water Technologies, InstiComm, LLC, and bankCDA. He has also served as a Professor of Computer Science at Eastern Washington University, Washington State University and the University of Idaho. Dr. Shovic has given over 70 invited talks and has published over 50 papers on a variety of topics on Arduino's, Raspberry Pi's, iBeacons, HIPAA, GLB, computer security, computer forensics, embedded systems and others.