From ancient China, to Benjamin Franklin’s experiments with electricity, to the fun times for children and their new toy, kites have been one of the most fun and most consistent toys for people of all ages to play with (and use for experiments!). But what if we told you you could do more with your kite?

SmartKite drastically improves the kite flying experiences. Equipped with state-of-the-art sensors and communications, SmartKite can take temperature, pressure, or altitude data and relay the data to another system on the spool via BlueTooth. SmartKite makes getting scientific data easier, and, for advanced kite fliers, getting that important altitude data a piece of cake. Also included are internet capabilities: KiteRight can retrieve weather data and advise the user on flight conditions! KiteRight takes the guesswork out of the equation, fly right with KiteRight today!

Technical:

SmartKite consists of two modules: a receiver attached to the kite's spool and a transmitter attached to the kite itself. Upon startup, SmartKite connects to Yahoo Weather via Ethernet, gathering and displaying wind speed and direction on the receiver, allowing the user to determine if the conditions are right for flying. Then, the receiver starts communicating with the transmitter using bluetooth. The transmitter utilizes an Adafruit BMP180 sensor, which measures atmospheric pressure in hectoPascals and temperature in degrees Celsius. After calibration, during which SmartKite gets a baseline pressure at ground level, the sensor gathers data continuously. The pressure is used to calculate the kite's altitude using the barometric formula (generally, a change in pressure of 1.2 kiloPascals roughly corresponds with a 100 meter change in altitude). Altitude and temperature readings sent from the transmitter are displayed on the receiver.

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SmartKite consists of two modules: a receiver attached to the kite's spool and a transmitter attached to the kite itself. Upon startup, SmartKite connects to Yahoo Weather via Ethernet, gathering and displaying wind speed and direction on the receiver, allowing the user to determine if the conditions are right for flying. Then, the receiver starts communicating with the transmitter using bluetooth. The transmitter utilizes an Adafruit BMP180 sensor, which measures atmospheric pressure in hectoPascals and temperature in degrees Celsius. After calibration, during which SmartKite gets a baseline pressure at ground level, the sensor gathers data continuously. The pressure is used to calculate the kite's altitude using the barometric formula (generally, a change in pressure of 1.2 kiloPascals roughly corresponds with a 100 meter change in altitude). Altitude and temperature readings sent from the transmitter are displayed on the receiver.

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