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Jun 29 14

meoWS on Hiatus

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Since my last post, I have been extremely busy studying for my airplane driver’s license – consequently, putting a hold on all meoWS projects. I will be taking a couple of months off to study.


See you in September!

May 11 14

Seismic Sundays 7 – Streaming!

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This is it.
Up until now the only people who were able to see data coming out of the seisMeowmeter was myself and anyone else I showed it to. Today, all that changes. Now you too, can see a stream of seismic data in the Calgary area!

Here are the links:
For the Raw Output, click here
For the Frequency Domain, click here

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May 4 14

Seismic Sundays 6 – We Have Data!

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So between having to deal with an insane work schedule and fighting with an unruly microcontroller, I’ve managed to finally digitize the output of the seismometer:

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Mar 2 14

Seismic Sundays 5 – Fail

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Take a look at these two waveforms pulled from a UART line with a logic analyzer. Notice anything interesting?
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Feb 17 14

Seismic Sund….Nope

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It has been a crazy busy week for me and my brain is temporarily shut down so there will be no updates on the seismometer today. In the meantime, enjoy the some cat gifs and we’ll see you next week.

Feb 9 14

Seismic Sundays 4 – Circuit Analysis

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Analysis gone horribly wrong

Analysis gone horribly wrong

We’re almost done with this stage of the project! (I think…). Admittedly, this part has taken me longer than I initially anticipated, mainly because I wanted to spend a bit of time trying to figure out what the heck was going on with the circuit (circuit analysis isn’t exactly one of my strong points…yet)

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Feb 3 14

Seismic Sundays 3 – Debugging Woes

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First, I have to admit that I messed up building the conditioning circuit. The first RC network after the first op-amp stage should have had a 6.8kΩ resistor. I accidentally used a 68kΩ resistor instead.


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Jan 26 14

Confessions of an EE – Oscilloscopes

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Because I haven’t done anything with the seismometer this week, there is no update today. Instead I will talk about things that make wavy stuff appear on something that looks like a tiny TV screen.

Yes, that's the one!

Yes, that’s the one!


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Jan 20 14

Seismic Sundays 2 – Old Haunts and Bode Plots

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For the next few posts, we will be going into the nitty gritty details of the conditioning circuit. I want to spend lots of time at this stage for two reasons:

  1. Analog circuits and analysis have never been my strong points and this is a great way to change that
  2. The last thing we want, is to work with erroneous data caused by poor design of the conditioning circuit

Today, we will be briefly looking at the circuit and focusing on its behaviour.

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Jan 13 14

Seismic Sundays 1 – Hello, World!

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What you see above is the first breath of the seismometer – which is currently detecting my foot taps.

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