Smarter Rock

By: Alicia Veach

Smart Rock Rev 2 is making headway as the new staff catch up with the project. New design criteria is being laid out and tasks are being distributed. The two task categories are electrical and mechanical. On the electrical side, an optical flow sensor has been purchased to test and see about possible use. The sensor will be used for water flow rates. Reed switches are coming in to be tested as an option. The Smart Rock would ideally be off for the majority of the time while deployed to conserve battery. A reed switch can be used to turn on the rock, connect, and collect data. On the mechanical side, the rock will now be horizontal rather than vertical and more water-tight than previously. OPEnS House is coming up soon and a poster is being put together.