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Jfokus Embedded 2013: Lets You Record, Share, and Map Environmental Data

Posted by editor on March 24, 2013 at 6:15 PM PDT

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, and get started!

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Great project! Here at UCLA we have a host of sensing ...

Great project! Here at UCLA we have a host of sensing projects with Java at the heart of them. At the Center for Embedded Network Sensing (CENS) - - a great deal of work over the last 10 years has sadly come to an end. Plenty of project documentation and code - much available on GitHub - is left behind for others to carry on. I'd planned to blog on many of the projects since they are really fascinating. AirCasting and other sensing projects like this are a great way to push future tech to the edge, and to test the limits of Java. Cheers!