KdUINO, the sensor buoy

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KdUINO is a prototype of a low-cost, Arduino-based buoy for the monitoring of natural-water quality, that environmental-science grad students and do-it-yourself sea enthusiasts can build. The KdUINO idea began within the Citclops European project [http://www.citclops.eu/], when CSIC’s scientists, looking to encourage undergraduate, graduate and postgraduate interest in sea monitoring, came up with a design for a low-cost buoy that could be built entirely from cheap components or prepackaged kits. The result is a water-resistant box measuring about 13 x 13 x 20 centimeters, just large enough to fit a basic, open-source electronics prototyping platform and communications payload, and a battery. Sensors, which measure the transparency of the water, are then placed on a 1-meter support structure, made of a plastic tube, and connected via cable to the box. The buoy is capable of connecting via ZigBee to an app on a mobile device, so that data gathered in the water can be collected wirelessly. The small size means that KdUINO can be put into the sea using a common deployment system, thus bringing deployment costs down to a bare minimum that make it feasible for a group of dedicated hobbyists in a university lab or even a high school to afford. All told, a KdUINO can be built and deployed for about 200 €, an unheard-of price for getting anything into monitoring the sea. Links about prior work:
Photos: https://www.facebook.com/marduinoproject/photos_stream
Videos: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/7o86afq1smwxwbp/AAC-dTdoiKgmJEYKSDqKtqt1a
Articles: http://www.citclops.eu/the-project/news-events/blue-info-days-great-success/detail_news=0032_000006_000000

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