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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, emitting sounds too low for our human ears to hear. These sound-waves travel huge distances and come from an incredible number of sources such as meteorites, rocket launches, tornadoes, lightning, wind farms, airplanes, trains, traffic and much much more! 

Developed by OSOP, the Raspberry Shake and the Raspberry Boom monitor Earth and atmospheric activity from two different perspectives, making them the perfect compliment for a more complete picture. They conveniently snap right onto Raspberry Pi, the most popular single-board personal computer in the tech world. Once you plug in you are ready to start monitoring and connect with hundreds of others on the largest Citizen powered Earth monitoring network, called Station View, and discover fascinating events from around the globe in real time!

HOW IT WORKS

The Raspberry Shake, and the recently released Raspberry Boom, are a combination of technologies. The main board combines a powerful processor and digitizer which connects to a variety of sensors including geophones, MEMs accelerometers and infrasound sensors (depending on the model). 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 such as programming IFTTT protocols, laser printing 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 can use.

USES & APPLICATIONS

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

Consumer Interest Groups Educational Facilities Professional Institutes
Raspberry Pi enthusiasts, makers, hobbyists, Citizen scientists etc can plug into the Raspberry Shake network and start watching the Earth’s activities 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 loads of 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 professional 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 “cultural noises” of 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
  • Doors Closing
  • Cheering
  • Washing Machines
  • Noisy Neighbors

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
  • Tornadoes
  • Lightning

NATURAL PHENOMENON

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

GEOLOGICAL EVENTS

  • Volcanic Eruptions
  • Avalanches
  • Landslides
  • Breaking Icebergs

MAN MADE

  • Quarry Blasts
  • Explosions
  • Nuclear Testing
  • 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

All Raspberry Shake devices will allow you to monitor activity 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

To see your Raspberry Shake device 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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