• Research

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  • 22.Feb.12
  • Farevalue Final Prototype
  • This past summer we were really busy prototyping a smart, enhanced store value card capable of powering up an e-paper display, for a socially-focused urban planning company called Urbanscale. This is the final working prototype we engineered and fabricated together with our engineer wizard collaborator Todd Bailey and was meant as a feels-like, looks-like, works-like [...]

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  • 21.Feb.12
  • NFC Smart Card Prototyping
  • GROUND Lab was busy for a part of 2011 in researching, designing, engineering and prototyping a smart value card based off of an RF based circuit and coil for the active transmission of power and data from a base RF unit to a passive RF receiver employing a programmable micro controller with the ability to [...]

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  • 04.Mar.11
  • Mobile Printer prints Web content
  • One of the things the mobile printing device needs to be able to handle is opening socket GPRS connections in order to travel to specified URLs and Website addresses and downloading their content to be printed in real time. The device can be programmed to ‘call home’ or better download content from a ‘home URL’ [...]

  • Tracking

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  • 05.Nov.10
  • GROUND Lab Lion Tshirts!
  • Our GROUND Lab T-shirts in 100% organic cotton are now ready for anyone who wants one! They can be made in lots of different colors and sizes. The T-shirts have the GROUND Lab logo on the back and the lion and penguin logo on the side. We hope you like them as much as we [...]

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  • 12.May.10
  • Lion Tracking Collars Progress!
  • From the entire GROUND Lab Team, our most sincere ‘THANK YOU’ to all of our Backers and to everyone who has showed interest in our open source lion tracking project, we are very humbled by all of your support and effort in helping us spread the word and reaching our goal! We have been really [...]

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  • 06.Mar.10
  • Kickstarter Proposal in Italiano
  • L’Obiettivo: Raccogliere $9000 in due mesi, entro il 11 Maggio 2010 a mezzanotte. Il Progetto: Questa richiesta di aiuto √® per concederci la possibilit√† di produrre un prototipo per un collare elettronico open source per localizzare animali in pericolo. Questo sistema ha lo scopo di salvaguardare gli ultimi 2000 leoni rimasti in Kenya ed √® [...]

  • Field Work

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  • 29.Jan.11
  • GROUND Lab in Tanzania
  • In January of 2011 GROUND Lab traveled to Tanzania to visit the island of Zanzibar and to assess network coverage on the island and mostly on mainland where the lions migrate to, after they leave Kenya. While in Zanzibar we ran tests to collect GPS data from that area using different cell carriers in Tanzania. [...]

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  • 22.Jan.11
  • GROUND Lab in Kenya
  • In December 2010 GROUND Lab traveled to Kenya with the intent of researching the areas in which the conservationists we have been working with operate. GROUND Lab had recently completed one of its open source tracking units and we wanted to test the overall signal strength and health of the system and of the cell [...]

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  • 29.Jan.10
  • GROUND Lab in Uganda
  • In December 2009, GROUND Lab traveled to Kampala, Uganda with the intent of establishing the validity of employing Device X or an analogous networked electronic device in order to gather accurate, high volume data rapidly from the field, especially in areas where it is not feasible to do so efficiently at this time, because of [...]

  • Past Projects

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  • 04.Nov.09
  • Device X v 0.3
  • We have been really busy and excited at the Lab because we are now finishing the first full version of the prototype for the mobile health device for health clinics in Uganda in partnership with UNICEF. New prototype. New prototype on, example of a menu screen with ATM style buttons. This version, finally includes all [...]

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  • 02.Oct.09
  • Device X v 0.2
  • We have been busy making the patient entry device for health clinics in Uganda and we recently presented a new and improved version to the Innovation Team at Unicef. The new version includes many improvements from previous versions, including a full Qwerty keyboard for easy typing, which is covered in silicone to help making it [...]

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  • 18.Jul.09
  • Latest Case Prototype
  • We have been working hard recently, laser cutting, bolting, drilling and more. Here’s the result. A new customized case for the device. This is only a prototype and the final casing will most likely be machined manufactured, but for now this is what we came up with as a fast prototyping solution. And we went [...]

  • Papers & Talks

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  • 07.Jan.11
  • GROUND Lab on OpenSource.com Part 3
  • OpenSource.com, a wonderful online resource for everything open source related, asked us to share our thoughts about how the open source approach influences and affects our business model. In the third part of this analysis Justin shares his thoughts on how open source can be successfully applied to many fields such as wildlife conservation and [...]

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  • 12.Nov.10
  • GROUND Lab at WCS
  • GROUND Lab had the privilege of giving a presentation on Open Source models and how they could be beneficial to the conservationists we have been working with in order to develop more affordable and more customizable research solutions. We talked about our approach and our current development process on the open source lion tracking collar [...]

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  • 23.Sep.10
  • GROUND Lab on OpenSource.com Part 2
  • OpenSource.com, a wonderful online resource for everything open source related, asked us to share our thoughts about how the open source approach influences and affects our business model. In the second part of this analysis Justin focused on how open source influences development and manufacturing processes. Thanks a lot to OpenSource.com for inviting us to [...]

  • Media & Press

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  • 20.Feb.11
  • GROUND Lab on the Arduino Blog
  • Thanks a whole lot to our friends at Arduino for posting about GROUND Lab’s recent trip to Kenya and Tanzania to test their latest development in the open source lion tracking collar project. One of the tests involved using an Arduino Mega board to test out the GPRS connectivity and speed of local cell-phone networks. [...]

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  • 19.Feb.11
  • Radio24 interviews GROUND Lab
  • Benedetta was contacted by Radio24, the Italian Radio channel of il Sole 24 Ore (think of it as the Financial Times of Italy) for a radio interview. Radio24 hosts a fantastic program called Giovani Talenti (“Young Talents”) which tells the stories of young Italian expatriates that have managed to study and pursue their careers in [...]

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  • 04.Feb.11
  • FastCompany interviews GROUND Lab
  • Fast Company’s Jenara Nerenberg interviewed the founders of GROUND Lab about the open source lion tracking collar project and the overall open source business model. GROUND Lab talks about sustainability, the results of the most recent field testing trip to Kenya and Tanzania and their collaborations with conservationists in Africa. Click on the image above [...]

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