It’s been a while since I’ve posted to the blog, as we’ve been very busy internally working on new content, new features, and yes, a few new products.  I’ll briefly talk about those, but only in shadowy terms, since they are being finalized.

New Content

Actually, the whole website is new.  We changed platforms in preparation for a few things, foremost being a better customer experience.  We’ve made it easier to reorder, or to see what you’ve ordered in the past. We’re adding new information too, as over the past couple of years we’ve learned more about you and what you’re looking for.

Some examples.

We’ve compiled the most frequently asked questions about Sensordrone operation, and put together a Sensordrone Troubleshooting guide.  Most people are able to operate them pretty easily, but Bluetooth can be a challenge, so we covered that in some detail.

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We had a look at how carbon monoxide was viewed in different industries, and added some recommendations based on safety agency standards.  Here, we advised auto mechanics on what levels of CO they might experience in a garage.

In case you wonder about how engines can create carbon monoxide issues in an enclosed space, I made a quick video of me starting a lawn mower in an OPEN garage.  Please don’t do it with the door down!

We also added a lot of documentation for our units, from the Sensordrone to the Inspector series.  You can find that information here: User Manuals and Data Sheets.  At that link, you’ll find full specs for the Sensordrone, so if you ever wondered what’s in one, there’s your answer.

Lastly, we started exploring the data logger capabilities of the Sensordrone.  We’ve had data logging apps available for a while now, but the term data logging is becoming a frequently used expression around the office lately.  Here’s why.

New Products

Data loggers!

Based on the Sensordrone board, and with many enhancements, we’ll be rolling out a series of USB charged and driven programmable data loggers.  I don’t have a photo I can share just yet, but I will soon.  Follow me at @SensorconKevin if you want to be among the first to see it.  I’ll say a lot more about the sensor sets we will be including, and specific operational parameters in the coming weeks, so check back often.  Or again, simply follow along on Twitter.  Here’s a hint though… we may be asking what the weather is like in your area, and asking you to prove it.

The data loggers should have both consumer (citizen science, edtech) and industrial applications.

A New Version of the Inspector Series Single Gas Meter

We’re growing our handheld, wearable single gas meter family.  At some point in Q4, we will be launching both Carbon Monoxide and H2S version of the Industrial Pro Gas Monitors.  At the price point we intend to launch it, we think the Industrial Pro will be a first in class addition to the arsenal.  It will have 2 powerful new features:

  • Programmable alarm points
  • Time Weighted Average stats for judging overall exposure.

The Inspector Family

Couple that with its water proof, dust proof case, its intrinsically safe nature and rating, and the powerful MAX mode which stores and displays a highest concentration read during a session, and you’ve got one of the most powerful handhelds on the market for under $200.  We’re very excited about it.

So, that’s what we’ve been up to this summer.  How about you?

 

 

YardMap Website

This spring, I’m getting involved with a few citizen science projects and I thought I’d share them with you.  For those of you that don’t know, citizen science is the practice of gathering data and observations as a concerned individual, and sharing those collections with scientists throughout the world, allowing them to do larger and better research.

I happen to be a hobbyist photographer, with strong leanings towards wildlife. So it makes sense for me to get involved with citizen science projects that can make use of those skills.  So here’s what I’m going to be working on.

The YardMap

Organized by Cornell University, the YardMap Project allows anyone to map their property, or any property really, and note bird habitat, care taking steps, and other key pieces of information that help study birds and their environments.

YardMap Website

My hope is not only to contribute to Cornell’s project, but to learn more about setting up bird habitat here in Western New York that I can use to photograph more species of birds.

SciStarter

SciStarter is a broader concept.  It allows “real scientists” to connect easily with people in order to launch citizen science projects.  On the website, you can browse for projects that are of interest to you, and learn more about how to get involved.  Right now, two of the projects I’m interested in are NestWatch and Project BudBurst.  Primarily because I like to photograph both birds and plants.  Also, I’m really sick of snow, especially since we got 7 more inches yesterday.  Green things and feathery things would be a welcome change of pace.

SciStarter Citizen Science Projects

 Notes From Nature

This one is a bit more “mundane” so to speak, but hey, it’s important work, and we can’t go outside everyday. See: Seven inches of snow. Notes from Nature connects citizen scientists with museums, and allows them to transcribe notes into a more digestible format for further study.  This can save a museum a lot of time, and allows them to focus on research rather than “house keeping”.  It’s a great citizen science project to get involved with for those rainy days this summer when bird spotting isn’t the most comfortable option.

Notes From Nature Website

Citizen Science Projects and Sensorcon

So that’s what I’ll be doing with my spare time this summer. I’m out in my kayak quite a bit, so I plan on mapping some small specific areas where I see a lot of birds.

As for Sensorcon, we love to support these projects in part because we’re concerned citizens like you, and in part because we think our Sensordrone lends itself nicely to this kind of activity.  With its weather sensors, air quality sensors, and the water quality extensions, we hope you find a way to use it to contribute to other Citizen Science Projects that interest you.

We may even launch some of our own in the future.

Do you have a favorite project you want to talk about?  Feel free to mention it in the comments section below, or tweet it at me (@SensorconKevin).  I’d love to feature more in future blog posts.

With the weather finally showing that it isn’t always absolute zero out in Western New York, I took the Sensordrone out for some Citizen Science, and snapped a few photos.  All were taken in Oatka Creek Park in Garbutt, NY, which is really close to my house.

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