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Arduino compatible and Open source. This GPS data logger records everywhere it has been. Learn and have some fun!

Easy to use and great way to learn about GPS.

As with all my projects here on Kickstarter, its about learning and getting cool technology into the hands of every backer.  Sure, there are plenty of Arduino GPS loggers, geocaching and GPS tracking systems out there but none of them are as complete, current in technology, easy to use and available at such a low cost.  I designed the GPS Cookie (and Sandwich) so that you can get started experimenting with this advanced GPS data logger right away.

How this project began

I love to travel and have been looking for a way to record the locations of everywhere I go.  Many of the existing products on the market did not offer enough flexibility to create custom firmware or applications.  All the existing Arduino compatible boards required external power sources and were comprised of shields, wires and a few boards sandwiched together.  I needed something that could easily slip into my pocket so I could carry it wherever I went and write code on the fly.  This is where the idea for GPS Cookie was born. 

A Product and Prototyping Platform In One

The GPS Cookie is low cost, easy to use and its applications are only limited by your imagination!  The compact form factor makes it easy to carry, experiment with and expand.  Take it with you, throw it in a bag or redesign the whole thing to create your own unique version of this GPS data logger.  The unique open access design let's you write code, make design changes and test your applications as you go.  Think of the GPS Cookie or Sandwich as a prototyping platform and fully functional product in one great design.  

First GPS Cookie Prototype - expansion ports you expect on an Arduino compatible board.
First GPS Cookie Prototype - expansion ports you expect on an Arduino compatible board.

Complete GPS recording system that is ready to go.

Just insert two AAA batteries and any micro SD card to start recording and location data.  The on board LEDs will tell you when the GPS Cookie is receiving satellite data and recording your route history.  After your car ride, bike trip, walk or any other journey is over, just pull out the SD card, upload it to Google Earth and you are ready to view everywhere you or the GPS Cookie or Sandwich has been.

Works anywhere on the planet with Google Earth

We all know the amazing images inside of Google Earth and I am sure many of you have wanted to integrate your own data into their maps.  Now with the GPS Cookie, you will be able to interact with Google Earth like never before.

Find out more at GPSCOOKIE.COM

Files open in Google Earth and show the date, time, location, speed and route you traveled.
Files open in Google Earth and show the date, time, location, speed and route you traveled.

Recorded NMEA-0183 data on both models includes:

  • Time and date of all locations
  • The route you traveled
  • The speed, heading and direction at each moment
  • The time and date of any stops you made
  • Altitude above sea level

Actual GPS Cookie Sample recorded file.

Download Google Earth Sample File

LOTS OF TECHNOLOGY INSIDE

Available in two unique shapes just for fun!


GPS Cookie in Fun Round Shape. Clean design with built in AAA batteries. $79 or $95 Pledge
GPS Cookie in Fun Round Shape. Clean design with built in AAA batteries. $79 or $95 Pledge
GPS Sandwich for those that like a more traditional shape.  $79 or $95 Pledge
GPS Sandwich for those that like a more traditional shape. $79 or $95 Pledge

Take a BITE out of your gas millage and daily commute.

There are a bunch useful things you can do with the data that comes out of both the GPS Cookie and GPS Sandwich. 

  • Use the route information to shorten your daily commute.
  • Record your walking, jogging distance and time for later review.
  • Geotag the exact location your photos were taken.
  • Keep an eye on your vehicle's speed and other important information.
  • Have fun recording the route of anything that moves!
  • Share your routes with friends on social media sites.


View your travel routes in Google Earth. Universal Studios, Disney and WB seen here!
View your travel routes in Google Earth. Universal Studios, Disney and WB seen here!

No Ugly Shields, Wires and Power packs Here!

Other Arduino compatible GPS Loggers use large, cumbersome shields, bulky external power sources and low quality single sided GPS antennas.
Other Arduino compatible GPS Loggers use large, cumbersome shields, bulky external power sources and low quality single sided GPS antennas.


What is the difference between the GPS Cookie and GPS Sandwich?

Simple answer: There is no difference!  It is just the shape of the circuit board.  If you like the fun design of the GPS Cookie, pick that one to play with.  If you like the more traditional look of a square circuit board, pick the Sandwich.  If you can't decide, buy the "cooking" sheets with both versions on break-away circuit boards. 

The Cookie and Sandwich are electronically identical and come with all the source code, schematics and bill of materials so you can build your own or reverse engineer my design any way you like.  This project is open source so backers are free to do whatever they want with the technology.

Naturally, The Cookie and Sandwich come on a sheet! $149 or $175
Naturally, The Cookie and Sandwich come on a sheet! $149 or $175

I see other Arduino Compatible GPS data loggers out there for $100.00 or more.  What makes the GPS Cookie and Sandwich different and how did you make it so reasonably priced?

There might even be some out there cheaper but don't be fooled.  Many of those Arduino compatible boards don't include the GPS receiver and if they do, it is most likely older, outdated technology with poor receiver capabilities.  In addition, the GPS Cookie and Sandwich have everything on the same board including batteries.  These are fully functional units that you can use anywhere without worrying about wires, external power or poor signal strength.  These are complete, self contained products that works right out of the box.  All firmware will come pre-installed.  Just add batteries and start recording GPS data out of the box. 

Modern Components offer superior performance. SD Card, GPS & Power on same board.
Modern Components offer superior performance. SD Card, GPS & Power on same board.

On board power source makes it portable!

Most other Arduino compatible GPS boards require external power and other accessories to become fully functional.  Some Arduino "shields" even require you to solder in an old style patch antenna GPS module.  

Standard Arduino compatible headers for easy hacking, expansion and writing your own firmware.
Standard Arduino compatible headers for easy hacking, expansion and writing your own firmware.

The GPS Cookie and Sandwich are complete working units with the latest 2013 GPS technology that you can use out of the box.  Add two AAA batteries and any micro SD card and you are ready to record GPS data. 

Go for a long walk and record every track.  Florence, was a great place to test the prototype.
Go for a long walk and record every track. Florence, was a great place to test the prototype.

Arduino UNO Compatible (328P), High Sensitivity U-Blox Receiver and Power Source On One Board

 It works right out of the box or you can write your own code!  The uses are endless and up to you!  It is fun with lots of practical uses too!

If you want to save money, you can order the Cookie or Sandwich without the USB breakout components attached.  Should you decide later that you want to write your own code, the Cookie and Sandwich are compatible with Sparkfun's FTDI Basic board which you can purchase at any time.

Arduino compatible FTDI Basic USB (option) built into top board for easy programming.
Arduino compatible FTDI Basic USB (option) built into top board for easy programming.

Other open source GPS tracking devices use outdated GPS technologies.  Both the GPS Cookie and GPS Sandwich use the latest in 360 degree, 50 channel satellite receiver technology.  No cheap ceramic patch antennas here.  The Cookie and Sandwich use U-Blox compatible chipsets with high gain, omni-directional fractal antennas offering over -162dBm tracking sensitivity.

Top cover board of GPS Cookie and Sandwich Standard Edition.
Top cover board of GPS Cookie and Sandwich Standard Edition.
Top cover board of GPS Cookie and Sandwich with Arduino / FTDI Basic USB port.
Top cover board of GPS Cookie and Sandwich with Arduino / FTDI Basic USB port.

Arduino Open Source Software!

Based on the Arduino UNO and a GPS receiver shield, the COOKIE and Sandwich can be hacked and programmed to do whatever your imagination can come up with.  

BAKE (or MAKE) your own!

Blank set of boards are great to hang on your wall or bake (make) your own!
Blank set of boards are great to hang on your wall or bake (make) your own!

If you have steady hands and experience with small SMT components, I am offering the blank boards as a pledge option.  The blank sheets would also look good framed on a wall.

It's all about quantity discounts

Like all my Kickstarter projects, it's all about getting the community involved by backing group purchases.  By ordering 100 or more fully assembled boards at a time, we can all take advantage of the larger discount.  My goal is set to a point where I can order the 100 board minimum and still take advantage of this discounted quantity build price.

More advanced when compared to other Arduino GPS boards:

  • Open Source and hackable
  • All Arduino compatible I/O pins accessible via pin headers
  • Compatible with Windows, MAC, Linux and Android
  • Works on all computers and mobile devices
  • Large storage capacity for years of data collection
  • 5Hz (1/5 second) Max navigation update rate
  • Factory firmware logs at 1Hz (Arduino code is adjustable)
  • Power consumption can be controlled with your code
  • ATmega328P microprocessor
  • 32 Kbytes Flash Memory
  • 16 MHZ Clock Speed
  • Arduino UNO Compatible Bootloader
  • Micro SD Card Slot on board
  • (2) AAA Battery holders
  • 50 Channel GPS receiver
  • NMEA and U-Blox binary datastreams
  • High gain 360 degree fractal antenna doesn't care which way it is pointed.
  • GPS L1 Frequency
  • SBAS, WASS, EGNOS, MSAS enabled
  • Cold Start - 26 seconds Max
  • Warm Start - 26 seconds Max
  • Hot Start - 1 second
  • -162 dBm tracking sensitivity
  • -148 dBm Cold Start sensitivity
  • 2.5 meter Horizontal accuracy
  • 0.1 meters per second velocity accuracy
  • 0.5 degree heading accuracy
  • 50,000 meters maximum altitude

This is my third Kickstarter Project.

I enjoy building crowd funded products because it gives me a chance to do things new and exciting.  I have a proven track record on Kickstarter and promise to deliver you a great product in a reasonable time frame.  Please join me as a backer and get your own GPS Cookie to learn how global positioning systems work and have fun too!

Estimated Production Fulfillment Plan

December 2013

  • Finalize firmware and board layout for manufacturing
  • Send gerber files to board shop
  • Order components

January 2014

  • Manufacture all GPS Cookie and Sandwich Boards
  • Send out Surveys
  • Begin Shipping Backer Rewards

More about this project at GPSCOOKIE.COM

Click here to see my first project that funded at 263% of goal and shipped to backers June 2012
Click here to see my first project that funded at 263% of goal and shipped to backers June 2012
My second project funded at 337% of goal and shipped to happy backers starting July 2013
My second project funded at 337% of goal and shipped to happy backers starting July 2013

Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

By setting realistic goals and backer levels, Kickstarter offers me the unique opportunity to experiment with ideas never before possible. I hope the online community will benefit as much as I do from everyone coming together on this project.

The GPS Cookie is a one of a kind design only possible through the support of the Kickstarter community. If you are willing to back me again, I promise to deliver a product that will be better than I am able to describe here.

FAQ

  • The simple answer is no, it can be kept in a purse, pocket, bag or even in the glove compartment of most vehicles.

    As long as there isn't any metal between the antenna and the sky, the GPS Cookie should get a very strong satellite signal. It won't work in a metal tool box, car's trunk or any other metal container!

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  • Unlike most other Arduino compatible shields and GPS data loggers, the GPS Cookie has a 360 degree antenna and does not need a certain side facing the sky. You can use it in any position you prefer.

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  • This is a harder question to answer. Power is consumed more when the GPS signal is weak or non-existant. From my initial tests with the basic firmware, I am getting 15-24 hours of recording time. Battery life could be extended from days to weeks with the addition of your own custom code. A vibration detector could be added to save even more power when the GPS Cookie is sitting still for long periods of time.

    The battery life and features can be changed and improved by you! That's the whole point to my projects here on Kickstarter.

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    GPS Cookie and Sandwich Board Sheet (as shown) - Get the full set of blank circuit boards so you can build your own. You can also just hang them on your wall or put them on your desk as a conversation piece. It is my way of saying thank you for backing this project. Schematics, source code and parts list is included. You must supply your own components.

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    First Backers Special - Be one of the first 50 backers and get the GPS Cookie (standard edition) for $65.00 - You get the the Arduino compatible GPS data logger on the round, cookie shaped circuit board. Fully assembled and tested. Works right out of the box! Schematics, source code and parts list are also included. Arduino / FTDI Basic USB not included but can be added at any time should you want to write your own code in the future.

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    GPS Sandwich (standard edition) - For those of you that like a more traditional shaped circuit board, pledges of $79.00 or more get the the Arduino compatible GPS data logger on the square, sandwich shaped circuit board. Fully assembled and tested. Works right out of the box! Schematics, source code and parts list are also included. Arduino / FTDI Basic USB not included but can be added at any time should you want to write your own code in the future.

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    GPS Cookie (standard edition) - Pledges of $79.00 or more get the the Arduino compatible GPS data logger on the round, cookie shaped circuit board. Fully assembled and tested. Works right out of the box! Schematics, source code and parts list are also included. Arduino / FTDI Basic USB not included but can be added at any time should you want to write your own code in the future.

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    GPS Sandwich with FTDI Basic USB on top board - Pledges of $95.00 or more get the the Arduino compatible GPS data logger on the square, sandwich shaped circuit board with the Arduino / FTDI Basic USB circuit for writing your own code. Fully assembled and tested. Works right out of the box and you can also write your own code. Schematics, source code and parts list are also included.

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    GPS Cookie with FTDI Basic USB on top board - Pledges of $95.00 or more get the the Arduino compatible GPS data logger on the round, cookie shaped circuit board with the Arduino / FTDI Basic USB circuit for writing your own code. Fully assembled and tested. Works right out of the box and you can also write your own code. Schematics, source code and parts list are also included.

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    GPS Lunch Pack (standard edition) - Pledges of $149.00 or more get both sets of fully functional boards so you can begin playing right away. You get two (2) GPS data loggers. That's a full lunch pack including one GPS Sandwich and one GPS Cookie. Arduino / FTDI Basic USB not included but can be added at any time should you want to write your own code in the future. Fully assembled and tested. Schematics, source code and parts list are also included.

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    GPS Lunch Pack with FTDI Basic USB on both top boards- Pledges of $175.00 or more get both sets of fully functional boards so you can begin playing right away. You get two (2) GPS data loggers. That's a full lunch pack including one GPS Sandwich and one GPS Cookie. Fully assembled and tested. Works right out of the box and you can also write your own code. Schematics, source code and parts list are also included.

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