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Experiment.

Create. Have fun!

Why not try building your own enclosure or writing an IFTTT program to trigger something after your device detects an earthquake? There is so much you can do with your Raspberry Shake!

Are you ready to start?

Software

Programming your own routines

If you are interested in programming your own routines to visualize and process the data, we recommend using the ObSpy Python library. This is a really cool tool for exploring your Shake and doing amazing things with the seismograph and infrasound data. See also: FDSN Web Services.

All models of the Raspberry Shake, including the RS1D, RS3D, RS4D, RJAM, RBOOM and RS&BOOM use the same software.

Hardware

Full compatibility

The Raspberry Shake is compatible with several Raspberry Pi models including the Model B+, 2 Model B, 3 Model B(+), and 4 Model B.

The RS3D, RS4D, RJAM, RBOOM and RS&BOOM will work with Model B+, 2 Model B, 3 Model B. We support the 4 Model B for our non-turnkey solutions.

Geophone Sensor

Recommendations

Caution!: The geophone input is ESD sensitive, and ESD precautions must be taken when hooking up the geophone.

Geophone Polarity for all models:

If you are using one of our RACOTECH geophones and you connect the grey cable from the “+” on the geophone to the “+” on the Raspberry Shake board, the output signal will have the correct polarity.

If you wish to use geophones from other manufacturers, the geophone should be a 4.5 Hz geophone in the range of 380 to 400 Ohms. 1 Hz and non 380-400 Ohm geophones will not work with Raspberry Shake’s analog front end.

Please note that in order to forward data to the Raspberry Shake Community in real-time, these specific geophones are currently the only model accepted for use with the automated earthquake detection process. This is because we have spent thousands of hours testing and know the instrument response of the Raspberry Shake board with these geophones. The Raspberry Shake Community server will treat other geophones as unknowns with unknown instrument responses. (The instrument response is used server-side to determine the magnitude of earthquakes. It allows us to correct the signals to true Earth motion and compare seismograms recorded by different makes and models).

Micro SD Card

We strongly recommend against using consumer-grade TLC microSD cards with Raspberry Shake. Use commercial-grade (MLC) or industrial-grade (SLC) microSD cards instead. See here for more details.

Enclosures

  • STANDARD: Laser Cutter and 3D Printer Source Files – (Use these to laser cut or 3D print your own Raspberry Shake RS1D, RS3D or RS4D, RBOOM or RS&BOOM Enclosure)
  • LEGO™: Click here to learn how to build your very own LEGO™ enclosure!

Experiment.

Create. Have fun!

Why not try building your own enclosure or writing an IFTTT program to trigger something after your device detects an earthquake? There is so much you can do with your Raspberry Shake!

Are you ready to start?

Software

Programming your own routines

If you are interested in programming your own routines to visualize and process the data, we recommend using the ObSpy Python library. This is a really cool tool for exploring your Shake and doing amazing things with the seismograph and infrasound data. See also: FDSN Web Services.

All models of the Raspberry Shake, including the RS1D, RS3D, RS4D, RJAM, RBOOM and RS&BOOM use the same software.

Hardware

Full compatibility

The Raspberry Shake is compatible with several Raspberry Pi models including the Model B+, 2 Model B, 3 Model B(+), and 4 Model B.

The RS3D, RS4D, RJAM, RBOOM and RS&BOOM will work with Model B+, 2 Model B, 3 Model B. We support the 4 Model B for our non-turnkey solutions.

Geophone Sensor

Recommendations

Caution!: The geophone input is ESD sensitive, and ESD precautions must be taken when hooking up the geophone.

Geophone Polarity for all models:

If you are using one of our RACOTECH geophones and you connect the grey cable from the “+” on the geophone to the “+” on the Raspberry Shake board, the output signal will have the correct polarity.

If you wish to use geophones from other manufacturers, the geophone should be a 4.5 Hz geophone in the range of 380 to 400 Ohms. 1 Hz and non 380-400 Ohm geophones will not work with Raspberry Shake’s analog front end.

Please note that in order to forward data to the Raspberry Shake Community in real-time, these specific geophones are currently the only model accepted for use with the automated earthquake detection process. This is because we have spent thousands of hours testing and know the instrument response of the Raspberry Shake board with these geophones. The Raspberry Shake Community server will treat other geophones as unknowns with unknown instrument responses. (The instrument response is used server-side to determine the magnitude of earthquakes. It allows us to correct the signals to true Earth motion and compare seismograms recorded by different makes and models).

Micro SD Card

We strongly recommend against using consumer-grade TLC microSD cards with Raspberry Shake. Use commercial-grade (MLC) or industrial-grade (SLC) microSD cards instead. See here for more details.

Enclosures