Open source tracking system gets a Kickstarter

open-source-tracker

Many of the hacks featured here inspire others to build on the creator’s work, and on occasion the positive feedback brings the hack to market. Last year we told you about [Wayne’s] creation, a system aimed at tracking down would-be game console thieves. He received a bunch of requests to document the tracker in full, so he decided to revise his creation and release it as Open Source Hardware.

As you might remember, his original tracking device was powered by an Arduino, which monitored an accelerometer and GPS sensor, reporting coordinates and movements to his mobile phone on demand. He combined the disparate components together on a single board, and started a Kickstarter for the project.

Aside from his original purpose of tracking stolen goods, he lists off an array of other uses, such as tracking the driving habits of your newly licensed teen, geofencing objects in certain areas and more.

If an SMS controlled all-in-one tracking system is something you might be interested in, check out his Kickstarter, or take a look at the documentation and build one of your own.

Comments

  1. William says:

    This is similar to what we use for the OVMS. Except that we use a PIC and a CAN Bus interface.

    Great Tracker.

  2. steve says:

    Certainly a nice thing, but too big for my taste. Could monitor my dog, but a smaller package would be best.

  3. anon says:

    If they use a SIM 908 module instead they can get rid of the GPS chip on the board.

  4. n0lkk says:

    I wonder if the charging circuit is capable of handling power to it %100 of the time? So one can take power from the device it’s used in to keep the battery charge. When he mention accelerometer I thought why didn’t take advantage of the reasonable suggest from a HAD commenter as to how to detect removal, but later in the video I heard he is using for other functions as well.

  5. Nice project, but nothing new really. We have more sophisticated open source project ongoing, it’s called RuuviTracker.

    Wiki:

    http://www.ruuvipenkki.fi/ruuvitracker

    Google-translated version:

    http://translate.google.com/translate?hl=en&sl=fi&tl=en&u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.ruuvipenkki.fi%2Fruuvitracker%2F

    Video:

    It’s not a complete system yet, but our HW is working and other parts are halfway there. You will hear from us! ;)

    Follow us on Twitter:

    http://twitter.com/RuuviTracker

  6. henry22 says:

    You can buy an off-the-shelf version from ebay for less than what he’s offering. best of luck to him, but he’s not reinventing the wheel here.

    • jcg says:

      The advantage is this one compaired to one form ebay is that it’s open source, meanwhile you have the schematics and code when you want to hack it.
      With ebay ones you luckily to get one with instruction you can read (ie not chinese)

    • Karl says:

      one thing with those chepo ebay trackers is: they don’t work with the 3G cards (32kb) so you can just use old cards and only GSM network.
      I’m currenty using cheap prepaid android phones as trackers: unlimited data plans are cheap-free in many countries.
      using a phone is toying around, but it works for me.

  7. Alex Henrique says:

    It would be interesting possibility to externally trigger a relay or something. For what use? For example, power off a car that was stolen a few moments.

  8. Robot says:

    Woah, crazy. I used to ride by the example location shown on the map.

    From this photo [ http://dsscircuits.com/images/images/OST_Top.jpg ] I wonder if the board comes with the complementary re-work jumper?

    Anyway, it is nice work and very much the type of thing I like to see on Kickstarter. Some things I hope to see are a lower cost second generation.

    – Robot

  9. trialex says:

    No SD card for logging?

  10. rotceh_dnih says:

    wow i forgot about seeing this , im makeing something for my car like this so it tells me if my arlam goes off the i can sms it back to lock the windows and shutdown the car, also will have rpm + speed + gps feedback, sound win?…. you bet it is xD

  11. Tom says:

    WOW, RuuviTracker seems to be REALLY professional open source system! Apparently they have:

    * STM32 Cortex-M3
    * GSM
    * GPS
    * SIM
    * MicroSD (SPI or SDIO)
    * Accelerometer
    * Magnetometer
    * Microphone
    * Speaker
    * Expansion card slot (shield support)
    * Lots of ADC enabled IO pins
    * USB
    * LiPo support
    * Etc, etc.

    It will also have open source FW, server SW, WebUI SW etc. and awesome APIs.. Cool

    Source: http://www.ruuvipenkki.fi/ruuvitracker

    I really hope they finish the system as soon as possible! Hack a Day should write a news item about Ruuvitracker too.. :))

  12. Johan Dams says:

    @All,

    With our tracker project, we’ll support Wayne, and we can most likely support RuuviTracker as well. Have a look at our project here:

    Johan.

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