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The Fall-Ball

May 12, 2016 Simone Seagle

The Fall Ball is a project I created for my Ambient Computing class in the Spring of 2016. I hollowed-out a foam soccer ball and put a KL46Z board with a Bluetooth card inside it. I wrote a program that reads the board's accelerometer's freefall detection events and then broadcasts an alert over Bluetooth. In order to read the data, I wrote a program in Python to parse the signal coming in over the serial port.

For the second phase of my project, I built a server in Node.js that takes the instantaneous accelerometer data from the KL46Z and pushes it out to any client computer using web sockets. I installed it on a Raspberry Pi which is connected to Wifi in order to allow all computers on the network to see the ball's data in real time.

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Here is an example of the output:

alt text Here is a screenshot of the acceleration data from the board being plotted in real time!

If you want to know more specifics about how I got the code to work, check out my blog posts.