While I wanted to work on a tracking device, I was also interested in the ideas Steve had for this class. Knowing we only had a week, I thought it was wiser to work with a partner to work on a concept. Steve had two ideas that I thought was interested, so I decided to work with him. Sadly I got sick for two days which affected my productivity this week, and when we only had one week it really wiped out a lot of my time. Here is the ideas we had and how we explored the project:
I was mostly tasked with thinking of ways to program the Arduino to pick up the signal and send the SMS. It was trickier than I envisioned: as I would need to think of a way to run this on as minimum power, and my idea to that was to build a crystal radio to receive the signal. I however was not 100% sure on how to write the code so that it would identify a specific AM frequency. The idea is that once I identify the range and when the Arduino receives the signal, it will send an SMS out to warn of loggers in a particular zone. I think the challenges would be to identify the best way to create an unique signal that could be delivered without human detection, and the best position to place the arduino 'base station' to ensure maximum coverage of the area.
I think I have learned a lot from this class and would love to explore further possibilities with GSM shields and micro-processors. I think I will spend the next week playing with tracking a little bit, hopefully I can make the GPS tracking work!