Seeeduino Stalker V3 - Waterproof Solar Kit

Stalker Kit is a Seeeduino-Stalker v3 based Wireless Sensor Network node data-logger. Seeeduino Stalker v3 is a feature rich Arduino compatible Wireless Sensor Network node. It's modular structure and onboard peripherals like RTC, SDCard interface makes it convenient to log sensor values with accurate time stamp periodically. The Seeeduino Stalker is a candidate for all your tracking, monitoring and control projects.

The Stalker Kit includes all necessary components to work with Seeeduino Stalker v3.0. Stalker Kit can be used outdoors as it comes with a plastic, waterproof enclosure. Hence, you can even put it in the water if you have some special idea. The kit comes with a Solar Panel and a LiPo Battery. They might be used in remote areas like desert or jungle by working just with the solar energy harvested and stored in the LiPo Battery.

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Stalker Kit Contents

Component Description Quantity
Seeeduino-Stalker v3 The Arduino Compatible WSN Node 1
Lithium-ion polymer Battery - 1050mAh Capacity Charged from Solar Panel using Stalker v3 1
SanDisk microSD™ Card 4GB Logs the sensor values and time-stamp data. 1
Mini USB cable 100cm As programming cable used with UartSBee 1
UartSBee V4 Provides USB-Serial port to program Stalker V3 using Arduino IDE 1
6 pin cable Connects UartSBee to Seeduino 1
Seeeduino Stalker v3 enclosure Waterproof plastic case 1
0.5w Solar Panel 53x53mm Power Source 1
CR2032 Button Cell 1




Application Ideas

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NOTE: Please note that UartSBee cannot be inserted into the Bee Series socket present on Seeeduino Stalker. The UartSBee is intended for interfacing the other Bee modules (shown in the photo above) to a computer and cannot itself be be inserted into the socket meant for these other Bee modules. There is a separate 5 way pinheader present on UartSBee as well as Seeeduino Stalker for interfacing them to each other. This pinheader is composed of: VCC (to supply power to Stalker), TXD, RXD, DTR (for controlling Stalker's Reset signal) & GND.


Getting Started

If you are new to the "Physical Computing" world and if Seeeduino Stalker is the first physical computing platform you want to begin with, then we suggest you to start with Seeeduino.

The following steps will help you assemble the hardware and software resources to get you started with Seeeduino Stalker v3

Step 1: Acquiring the Hardware

You will require the following hardware for running your first program.

Seeeduino Stalker v3
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UartsBee v4.0
Required for programming
the Seeeduino Stalker.
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Mini USB Cable
You would probably have this one lying around,
or if not, buy one here. We would use this
to connect the UartsBee to one of the
USB ports on your computer.

6 pin dual-female jumper wire
Required for connecting the UartsBee to Seeeduino Stalker.You might already have few lying around your workspace. If not, you can buy a colourful one here.

Step 2: Installing the drivers and plugging in the hardware

  1. UartSBee is like the multi-purpose Swiss Army knife of the Physical Computing world. There is a very detailed procedure to use UartSBee for both Windows and GNU/Linux users here. In our case it will perform three functions:
    • Allow us to program the Seeeduino Stalker.
    • Allow us to communicate with Seeeduino Stalker.
    • Provide power (from USB power of your computer) to Seeeduino Stalker (including any peripherals connected to it).
  2. The first two functions of UartSBee (programming and communication) are achieved through an Integrated Circuit called FT232RL which is present on it. Before FT232RL can be used for these purposes, its drivers (certain freely available programs from FT232RL's manufacturer) must be installed on your windows/ubuntu based PC. So before proceeding further, download the driver setup file from here and install it on your Windows PC.
  3. UartSBee has an onboard voltage regulator and a switch to allow you to select what voltage (5.0V or 3.3V) you would like to supply to the target circuit board. In our case the target circuit board is Seeeduino Stalker and so you would need to set this slide switch to 5.0 volts
  4. The wiring connection scheme of our hardware is "Computer→(Mini USB Cable)→UartSBee →(Flat Ribbon Cable)→Seeeduino Stalker". The jumper wires must be connected between UartSBee and Seeeduino Stalker before connecting the UartSBee to the Computer. Refer the photos below and make sure the signals line up as shown in the table (Note: The TXD and RXD pins must be cross connected as shown in the table).
  5. Next connect the Mini USB cable from UartSBee to your computer. If you are using a Windows based PC, the "Found New Hardware" balloon will pop up and within a few moments the drivers for FT232RL (i.e. UartSBee) will be installed.

Seeeduino Stalker v3 <---> UartSBee v4.0 connection
Jumper Wire connections
Seeeduino Stalker UartSBee

Connection Notes

Programming Examples

Adjust Date/Time

adjust.ino output

Get Current Date/Time

now.ino output

DS1337 Interrupts

This example is a demonstration of interrupt detection from DS1337 INT output. This feature is useful for data-logger functionality where the MCU is put to sleep mode when not in use and DS1337 INT wakes up the CPU periodically. This extends battery power. The complete operation is documented in the code.

interrupts.ino output

Data Logger Example

The principal application of Seeeduino Stalker v3.0 is data-logging of sensor signal like battery voltage, etc along with the time-stamp. These sketch puts the MCU in sleep mode when not performing data sampling / logging operation. The complete implementation is documented very well in the code. The following section gives an overview :

Data Logger examples hardware setup
  1. StalkerV30_DataLogger_10Sec.ino
    • This sketch logs battery voltage data to SD card configured by RTC.enableInterrupts(h, m, s) function.
    • The periodicity is provided using h, m and s. Once an interrupt is detected, the next interrupt time is updated by advancing the h,m and s value. The DateTime Class comes handy for this.
    • ex:- interruptTime = DateTime(interruptTime.get() + interruptInterval); //decide the time for next interrupt
    • This sketch also produces verbose output i.e the various events happening inside MCU are displayed in serial terminal.
Overview of Data-logger implementation


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See Also

External Links

Links to external webpages which provide more application ideas, documents/datasheet or software libraries.

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