I make portable geiger counters for Safecast.org
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- Ibid above comments. All of them.Jan 2, 2013
- I can think of a few places that could use this. Like the whole pacific coast line!Jan 2, 2013
- how big is this? It looks pretty awesome
I think there are ways to modify a camera to a geiger counterJan 3, 2013
- Fall Out 3Jan 3, 2013
- All, thanks for your interest!
The bGeigie Nano is going to be available as a kit which will include the 2" pancake sensor and special HV supply. The nano was designed as a compact version of Safecast's bGeigie which is used to do mobile radiation survey by car and has collected data at over 5,000,000 locations (http://blog.safecast.org/maps/) . The nano makes this now possible by bicycle, walking/running and of course larger vehicles, including measuring radiation in-flight up to 10km and 1000km/h speeds. Weighs only 400 grams including waterproof pelican case and rechargeable battery). The GPS is a high quality unit and accepts additional booster antenna. The unit runs over 30 hours on one charge.
Besides mobile measurement, the system can be used as a handheld dose meter (uSv/h) or surface contamination monitor (Bq/m2), keeps total dose and peak dose rates. Powered by two arduino CPU's. It can carry an additional Xbee module for wireless communication (e.g. Wifi or Bluetooth) Further there's an audio output so it can be connected to a smartphone and communicate with applications such as Geigerbot or the SAFECAST iOS app allowing for realtime radiation measurement upload to the Safecast API.
There's no price set for the kit, but it will be very attractive. The hardware and software design are going to be open, so anyone will be able to roll their own too.
The PCB just came from the manufacturer:
The first kit versions will be built during the Safecast Hackathon next week:
Stay tuned!Jan 5, 2013
- Got me thinking, the amateur packet reporting service might be a really good match for mobile radiation sensing. We already do weather on APRS, radiation sensing isn't very different from a data standpoint.Jan 5, 2013