Storytelling Sensors

A lot of complicated or complex issues or ideas can be made into easy to understand stories through the use of visualizations or by collecting data. One such complex or abstract issue is the ongoing drought conditions in the southwest and southeast parts of the United States. To illustrate the levels of drought conditions, the SparkFun Soil Moisture Sensor can be used to gather data on those drought conditions in the southwest. The soil moisture sensor would be plugged into an Arduino and would light up if moisture was present. A sensor array could then be used to distinguish the amount of moisture on a scale of 1-5 by using the SparkFun LED 8×7 array. By coding, the level of moisture concentration can be indicated by each pin and show differences in drought areas.

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Sam Ainuddin

Television veteran and now a @NewshouseSU grad student studying media and the digital world we live in.

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