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omgmog commented May 1, 2015

Share your project ideas for SusHack 3 here.

Feel free to look to the SusHack 2 project ideas for inspiration!

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Has anyone done anything with measuring noise levels across a town/city and creating a realtime noise level heatmap/noisemap? There are some very sensitive MEMS microphones around that could be hooked up to an Arduino/Raspberry Pi/ESP8266 to produce a sound level value feeding back into a backend/cloud system. Having multiple sensors throughout could help determine which areas have a higher background noise level (hum from traffic etc) and what times of the day there are peak noise levels (e.g. planes, helicopters flying over, trains, schools going in/coming out, loud neighbours etc).

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Has anyone done anything with measuring noise levels across a town/city and creating a realtime noise level heatmap/noisemap? There are some very sensitive MEMS microphones around that could be hooked up to an Arduino/Raspberry Pi/ESP8266 to produce a sound level value feeding back into a backend/cloud system. Having multiple sensors throughout could help determine which areas have a higher background noise level (hum from traffic etc) and what times of the day there are peak noise levels (e.g. planes, helicopters flying over, trains, schools going in/coming out, loud neighbours etc).

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Would be a really cool thing to visualise, but I wonder if there would be privacy concerns, and issues (presumably as you've had with the oxfloodnet sensors) about connectivity?

Could think of a more localised version of this maybe, and plot the volume levels in a building or something, to help people find the best place to get some "quiet time"

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Would be a really cool thing to visualise, but I wonder if there would be privacy concerns, and issues (presumably as you've had with the oxfloodnet sensors) about connectivity?

Could think of a more localised version of this maybe, and plot the volume levels in a building or something, to help people find the best place to get some "quiet time"

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They've done something like this for libraries in oxford, but I too would be very wary of privacy issues...

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LuRsT commented May 19, 2015

They've done something like this for libraries in oxford, but I too would be very wary of privacy issues...

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What do you mean about privacy issues? People say this but dont give specifics, its like they just want to quote buzzwords!
These would be similar to monitoring temperature or air quality levels in an area, not recording anything so don't see any privacy issues at all.

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thiseldo commented May 21, 2015

What do you mean about privacy issues? People say this but dont give specifics, its like they just want to quote buzzwords!
These would be similar to monitoring temperature or air quality levels in an area, not recording anything so don't see any privacy issues at all.

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We know that, but I imagine your average lay-person would assume that a device capable of picking up sound could be used for more privacy-breaching recording means.

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omgmog commented May 21, 2015

We know that, but I imagine your average lay-person would assume that a device capable of picking up sound could be used for more privacy-breaching recording means.

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@thiseldo, what do I mean about privacy issues? Do you really think that privacy is just a buzzword?

The fact that those particular devices aren't recording "anything", still means that you want recording devices on public places recording sounds produced by people without their consent, and even thought they aren't recording "anything" as you say, who controls which devices are recording? How can you assure people that those are the only devices recording and nothing else?

The issue here is consent, if you have it, that's cool, so doing this on one day in an area that people know that they are being recorded it's OK by me.

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@thiseldo, what do I mean about privacy issues? Do you really think that privacy is just a buzzword?

The fact that those particular devices aren't recording "anything", still means that you want recording devices on public places recording sounds produced by people without their consent, and even thought they aren't recording "anything" as you say, who controls which devices are recording? How can you assure people that those are the only devices recording and nothing else?

The issue here is consent, if you have it, that's cool, so doing this on one day in an area that people know that they are being recorded it's OK by me.

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Perhaps the flood thing is something that's been done, but how about using some of the newer flood open data to visualise risk & protection to communities, linked to community telemetry & monitoring? So for example, it would be good if a single system can say:
"The flood was here in 1957 and here in 1978, the modelled risk for your house is low because you're protected by this defence. Here are critical assets that you as a community need to make sure are in good condition (e.g. storm drain trash screens aren't blocked up). Here's your community monitoring network that shows that you're not currently at risk."

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Perhaps the flood thing is something that's been done, but how about using some of the newer flood open data to visualise risk & protection to communities, linked to community telemetry & monitoring? So for example, it would be good if a single system can say:
"The flood was here in 1957 and here in 1978, the modelled risk for your house is low because you're protected by this defence. Here are critical assets that you as a community need to make sure are in good condition (e.g. storm drain trash screens aren't blocked up). Here's your community monitoring network that shows that you're not currently at risk."

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Perhaps there's also an angle about introducing sensor network approaches like the TVWS platform to other things apart from flooding. For example "when do the combined sewer overflow systems dump into the local river" could be done with the existing sensors; "is this trash screen blocked" would require low cost cameras & image analysis; basic oxygen demand sensors could monitor river pollution.

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Perhaps there's also an angle about introducing sensor network approaches like the TVWS platform to other things apart from flooding. For example "when do the combined sewer overflow systems dump into the local river" could be done with the existing sensors; "is this trash screen blocked" would require low cost cameras & image analysis; basic oxygen demand sensors could monitor river pollution.

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Another idea:

Not particularly sustainability related (though it could be made to be related with a good data source!), I'm interested in hacking around with real-space motion/orientation and mobile phones, using the Google Cardboard stuff (https://www.google.com/get/cardboard/).

So I've ordered a couple of Google Cardboard kits from Amazon, one cardboard, one plastic, they should arrive in plenty of time.

Regarding making this a "sustainability" thing, we could do something like mashing up google street view and some map data source? Oxford Flood Network in 3d?! who knows, should be fun.

In the mean time, I'll probably brush up on my device orientation knowledge, and anybody who would like to join in should too! (@benfoxall?)

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Another idea:

Not particularly sustainability related (though it could be made to be related with a good data source!), I'm interested in hacking around with real-space motion/orientation and mobile phones, using the Google Cardboard stuff (https://www.google.com/get/cardboard/).

So I've ordered a couple of Google Cardboard kits from Amazon, one cardboard, one plastic, they should arrive in plenty of time.

Regarding making this a "sustainability" thing, we could do something like mashing up google street view and some map data source? Oxford Flood Network in 3d?! who knows, should be fun.

In the mean time, I'll probably brush up on my device orientation knowledge, and anybody who would like to join in should too! (@benfoxall?)

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Sounds great! I'd like to check those things!

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LuRsT commented May 31, 2015

Sounds great! I'd like to check those things!

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@omgmog AWESOME. I've just ordered a cardboard too! What ever we end up doing; I'm 100% into it. Shall we create another issue to throw down ideas?

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benfoxall commented Jun 9, 2015

@omgmog AWESOME. I've just ordered a cardboard too! What ever we end up doing; I'm 100% into it. Shall we create another issue to throw down ideas?

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Just though, I have a box full of Physical Web beacons. Anyone got any ideas for these?

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AverageMarcus commented Jun 19, 2015

Just though, I have a box full of Physical Web beacons. Anyone got any ideas for these?

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@AverageMarcus I'd definitely be interested in coming up with some ideas for the physical web.

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xmakina commented Jun 28, 2015

@AverageMarcus I'd definitely be interested in coming up with some ideas for the physical web.

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👍 Awesome. I'll bring them along with me.

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AverageMarcus commented Jun 28, 2015

👍 Awesome. I'll bring them along with me.

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Pusher have offered to sponsor summer of hacks 🚀

Pusher is a hosted service for quickly and easily adding realtime features into web and mobile applications. We're used for all sorts of features such as notifications, game movements, chat, live data feeds and much more. Our aim is to take away the headache of configuring realtime infrastructure so that developers can concentrate on making awesome stuff.

For SusHack, we have a $300 credit available. @omgmog has the code if you want to grab it.

We've got some swag arriving soon (not soon enough for tomorrow unfortunately) - though I'll set some aside for anyone who ends up using the service.


@thiseldo are you still interested in doing a noise pollution monitor? Pusher might fit this well if so.

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benfoxall commented Jul 3, 2015

Pusher have offered to sponsor summer of hacks 🚀

Pusher is a hosted service for quickly and easily adding realtime features into web and mobile applications. We're used for all sorts of features such as notifications, game movements, chat, live data feeds and much more. Our aim is to take away the headache of configuring realtime infrastructure so that developers can concentrate on making awesome stuff.

For SusHack, we have a $300 credit available. @omgmog has the code if you want to grab it.

We've got some swag arriving soon (not soon enough for tomorrow unfortunately) - though I'll set some aside for anyone who ends up using the service.


@thiseldo are you still interested in doing a noise pollution monitor? Pusher might fit this well if so.

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That's awesome @benfoxall!

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LuRsT commented Jul 3, 2015

That's awesome @benfoxall!

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Some pusher goodness for my #40 cardboard ideas would be very cool!

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omgmog commented Jul 3, 2015

Some pusher goodness for my #40 cardboard ideas would be very cool!

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