Smart Buoy

What you need

Arduino Nano amazon buy button £ 17.00
Raspberry Pi Zero amazon buy button £ 20.00
18650 Battery amazon buy button £ 7.00
Solar Panels amazon buy button £ 4.00
Blocking Diodes amazon buy button £ 10.00
Charge Controller amazon buy button £ 6.00
Buck Booster amazon buy button £ 7.00
GPS amazon buy button £ 10.00
GY-86 amazon buy button £ 13.00
Water Temperature Sensor amazon buy button £ 8.00
Current Sensor Module amazon buy button £ 12.00
Real Time Clock amazon buy button £ 10.50
Radio Module (NRF24L01) amazon buy button £ 9.00
I2C Multiplexer amazon buy button £ 8.30
3D Printer amazon buy button £ 0.00

We all love the seaside, right? Whether that’s the English seaside with ice creams and muddy piers or the Caribbean, with white sand beaches fringed by palm trees, people flock to the coast for a bit of rest and relaxation, to enjoy water sports or to make their livelihood.

The coast is a dynamic area at the mercy of waves. Rising sea levels nibble at beaches and powerful extreme events like hurricanes completely decimate them. To understand how to save them, we need to understand the forces driving their change.


Having dome a bit of investigation, we realised that trying to do this sort of research is HELLA EXPENISVE. This seems sort of silly…surely if you can create cheap, effective instruments for research then you can generate more data, this ultimately improves understanding. It’s with this (sort of) noble intention that we set out to make our smart buoy.


In this summary video, we give you a rapid run down of our project: our thinking behind design, the make and the data presentation. More videos are coming soon to show you the technical make step by step. 

Oh buoy, you’re going to love this..!


Tutorial