Yes and no. That is our $15,000 stretch goal. One of the beauties of the Raspberry Shake is that once we port the code, sharing your data is easy. You only have to select the sharing option and we do the rest. The data is sent to a cloud server and you will see a dot on the world map of all of the Shakes on line.
A single Raspberry Shake will allow you to estimate the distance to the earthquake as well as its magnitude, but not the direction. If you had data from several Shakes, you would be able to locate events. We have a manual method set up for this, and we have a $50,000 stretch goal to automate this process with a software.
Earthquake prediction is not possible these days: it’s just too complicated and not linear. Imagine taking a pencil in your hands and bending it until it breaks: you can never be sure exactly when it is going to snap, because as the pencil goes from bending to snapping, the process is not linear. It depends on too many things like the kind of wood, the orientation of the wood grains, the relative humidity, the diameter of the lead, the thickness of the paint, etc.
The bigger the earthquake the farther away you will be able to detect it. Raspberry Shake is best for local and regional earthquakes (300 miles or less). It can register Anything you can feel and many of the earthquakes you cannot feel.
Your Shake is a very sensitive motion detector. It can track motions that are much smaller than a human hair. The best place to install it is in the quietest place you can find: a shed out in your yard, a corner of your garage, the basement, etc. Better yet a place with internet connection and far away from people and traffic. We’ve dedicated a chapter of the book to this subject.
Not at all! If you do not share your data with the Shake community, you will not use any of your bandwidth. And even if you do so, you will use so little bandwidth that it will be hard to measure. To give you an idea, that will be much less than streaming music.
Yes, once you share your data it will be available to anyonewho wants to use it, including the USGS. Mostly likely local universities will be glad to use the data. Sharing is your choice and is secure with no path back to your network. We need to reach our $15,000 stretch goal to be able to develop the software to the RPi platform.
Yes it will work with any Raspberry Pi that has internet connectivity (B, B+, 2B, 3). Your Shake will also work with most any single board computer that can run a modern Linux / GNU like Beaglebone, Odroid and many others.
Yes, but you will have to wire up the Raspberry Shake board to the RS232 TX/RX port of your single board computer and you will have to map one GPIO from the RPi to your SBC. Then, just load the software that we have prepare for you from our website.