Inspiration

We lost our friends way too many times while skiing, snowmobiling, snowboarding, and hiking. After experiencing this and hearing about numerous groups getting lost in the backcountry we decided to make a heads-up display to aleviate these trials.

What it does

Uses a compass and GPS to give a real-time augmented layover to show your possition relative to other recreationalists with the BuddyFinder and relative to your starting point or waypoint.

How we built it

Lots of soldering and fighting with GPS and I2C libraries. We created our own addressable LED strip.

Challenges we ran into

GPSD stopped working half way into our project for seemingly no reason. We also had a lot of trouble with I2C libraries for our compass

Accomplishments that we're proud of

The form factor of our prototype is satisfying along with the functionality of the LEDs

What we learned

We learnt lots about soldering and using I2C

What's next for BuddyFinder

Finding a cheaper and possibly simpler implementation

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