The SkyPod is an Arduino based GPS logger designed to fly on a kite or balloon camera rig. The SkyPod includes a GPS module and antenna, Arduino Nano, and microSD card. Environmental sensors can be added. Data can be saved to microSD card at any interval. Everything fits into a 3D printed housing which can be firmly attached to a camera rig.
There are a few reasons to use a GPS receiver on a flying camera rig to collect location data:
- Some structure from motion software (makes 3D models from photos) require that photos have GPS data in the EXIF header or work better or faster if GPS data are present.
- Some orthophoto mapping software can georeference the stitched image if GPS data are present in the photos.
- Mapknitter and Google Earth will automatically place photos if they contain GPS data.
- The track followed by the flying camera can be displayed in three dimensions, possibly with other data collected.
- You can learn how high the camera was.
Several research notes at Public Lab describe the development and use of the SkyPod.
Kits to build a SkyPod are available at the KAPtery.
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