Jfokus Embedded 2013: AirCasting.org Lets You Record, Share, and Map Environmental Data
Jfokus Embedded 2013 was a pretty amazing mini-conference! It happened within the broader Jfokus 2013 Conference. During the afternoon coffee break on the last day of the conference, Andrzej Grzesik, an organizer of GeeCON, Polish Java User Group, Krakow Software Craftsmanship, and the Crakow Hadoop User Group, introduced us to AirCasting.
So, what's AirCasting? It's an embedded app for Android that reads data from sensors that record environmental data (and, optionally, heart rate data) as you move in your environment.
Using just an Android phone and the AirCasting Air Monitor, you can create a data stream that is uploaded to the AirCasting web site.
The AirCasting web site aggregates all the data it receives and creates maps that display the collected data.
What's incredibly interesting about this is the potential for people to contribute to scientific databases simply by going about their normal daily business in conjunction with utilizing the capabilities of fairly inexpensive sensors and modern embedded technology! If you'd like to participate, please visit AirCasting.org, and get started!