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Technology 2018-03-22T01:29:21+00:00

THE TECHNOLOGY

OVERVIEW

Raspberry Shake is probably the smallest seismograph of its caliber in existence, but don’t let its size fool you – It can record earthquakes of all magnitudes, from the vanishingly small blips that are imperceptible to human senses, to the big destructive earthquakes that regularly happen around the world.

While the Earth shakes, other exciting activities happen all the time in the atmosphere, that give off sounds too low for our human ears to hear. These soundwaves travel huge distances and come from an incredible number of sources such as meteorites, strong weather systems, wind farms, airplanes, trains, traffic and much much more! The Raspberry Boom detects theses infrasounds making it the perfect compliment to the Raspberry Shake.

The Raspberry Shake and the Boom conveniently snap right onto Raspberry Pi, the most popular single-board personal computer in the tech world. The two of these together create a super strong Earth monitoring network, and plugging them into Station View with your help, creates a powerful array that will monitor and discover fascinating events from around the globe in real time!

HOW IT WORKS

The Raspberry Shake (and Boom) are a combination of technologies. The main board combines a powerful processor and digitizer which connect to built in sensors (on some models) and a super sensitive Earth motion sensor, called a “geophone”, for the Raspberry Shake’s. This plugs right into the Raspberry Pi computer board to power it all and with a little help from the thousand plus hours of custom coding on the micro SD card, the data is sent out and processed in miniSEED – The standard data format in the industry, for easy learning, monitoring and analysis, which is also compatible with JamaSeis.

The Raspberry Shake range of products have advanced options so that more experienced users can enjoy DIY features, programming their own IFTTT protocols, laser print their enclosures and more! The novice will also feel at home as all our devices are designed to be plug and play, professional, home science monitors that anyone could use.

USES & APPLICATIONS

Love gadgets? The Raspberry Shake range has something for everyone!

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Raspberry Pi enthusiasts, makers, hobbyists, Citizen scientists etc can plug into the Raspberry Shake network and start watching the vibrations of the planet from their own homes. Schools and Universities can access data from any Raspberry Shake in the world, making it a good solution for seismically active earthquake areas and quiet regions alike. Perfect for viewing micro-tremores and the larger events featured in IRIS Teachable Moments. The RS is also compatible with jamaSeis and SWARM analytical software. Government / private research facilities and businesses can densify their networks more cost effectively and can easily comply to legal structural monitoring requirements and more. The Oklahoma Geological Survey recently acquired 100 units to expand their network, rolling them out to schools and educational facilities to raise awareness and provide valuable educational tools.

There are soooo many cool things you can do with your Raspberry Shake. These days so many people seem to have a Raspberry Pi lying around collecting dust, waiting for something awesome they can do with it… Well here’s your chance!

You too can use the same equipment many researchers and citizen scientists are using to better understand changes in our eco systems such as the melting of the ice caps, landslides, volcanic eruptions and earthquakes. And as the Earth is always in motion due to our human footprint… You will even get to see the “human” impact happening right around you!

It’s fun to make, fun to program, and fun to watch the Earth moveeeeee!

WHAT CAN YOU DETECT?

The Earth is ALWAYS moving! See what’s happening right beneath your feet with the RASPBERRY SHAKE

NATURAL

  • Tremors
  • Earthquakes
  • Landslides
  • Underground Water
  • Movement
  • Volcano Eruptions
  • Sinkholes

HUMAN

  • Fracking
  • Quarry Explosions
  • Nuclear Blast Testing
  • Wastewater Injection
  • Demolition
  • Structural Movements
  • Reservoir / Dam Vibrations

FUN STUFF

  • Rush Hour Traffic
  • Construction
  • Footsteps
  • Door Closing
  • Cheering
  • Washing Machines
  • Noisy Neibors

The RASPBERRY BOOM is the perfect compliment to the Raspberry Shake, showing the infrasonic vibrations in our atmosphere, to discover even moreee!…

WEATHER PATTERNS

  • Severe Storms
  • Tornados
  • Lightnings

NATURAL PHENOMENON

  • Wind/Mountain Interactions
  • Colliding Waves In The Ocean
  • Surf/Ocean Waves
  • Waterfalls
  • Aurora
  • Bolides/Meteors

GEOLOGICAL EVENTS

  • Volcanic Eruptions
  • Avalanches
  • Landslides
  • Breaking Icebergs

MAN MADE

  • Quarry Blasts
  • Explosions
  • Nuclear Testings
  • Wind Farms
  • Airplanes
  • Sonic Booms

CULTURAL

  • Air Conditioners
  • Traffic
  • Trains
  • Fireworks
  • Gunshots

UNKNOWN

  • Extraterrestials
  • Fictional Superheroes
  • The Undiscovered…
  • What else is out there?

DISPLAY SOFTWARE

The Raspberry Shake/Boom will allow you to monitor motion live from your computer. You can record many days of these vibrations to review in 24-hour plots on a single screen and examine in detail any part of the recording.

Fig 1 shows shows how your Raspberry Shake roughly compares to a ~$50,000 professional seismograph. The upper expanded image is from a Raspberry Shake and the lower expanded image is from a Nanometrics Trillium Compact broadband sensor connected to a Kenda Earthdata digitizer. Both charts show the same local earthquake.

Fig 1: Raspberry Shake compared to Nanometrics Trillium sensor

Fig 2: SWARM Graphical display

By connecting directly to your Raspberry Shake/Boom you will soon be able to see a live graphical display from your device on your local network. To see it live on the global Raspberry Shake network map just go to Station View. For more advanced monitoring, analysis and display options we recommend downloading SWARM, an example of which you can see in Fig 2. A completely free software actually developed by the United States Geological Survey (USGS).

Being able to detect earthquakes and infrasound like this is simply remarkable. Just a few years ago it was only possible with massive investments that only governments and universities could afford to make. Raspberry Shake now brings this ability to everyone.

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