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The Thunder Board - IOT Lightning Detection for Makers!

A project in Spokane Valley, WA by SwitchDoc Labs

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Detect Lighting on your Raspberry Pi or Arduino System! The Thunder Board - DIY IOT lighting detector and lightning simulator.
Backers: 103
Average Pledge Per Backer: $67

Funded: $6,850 of $5,000
Dates: Nov 16th -> Dec 6th (20 days)
Project By: SwitchDoc Labs
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Latest News

Raspberry Pi Drivers and IOT Kit software released

December 4th - via:
As promised, here is the Raspberry Pi Lightning Detector IOT kit software released and the Raspberry Pi AS3935 Thunder Board driver software. (Read More)

Thunder Board Lightning Simulator Software Released

December 3rd - via:
Lots of things done in the past few days.  The Lightning Simulator is now finished! We have just posted the software for the Thunder Board Lightning Simulator. It comes with a fully... (Read More)

Raspberry Pi IOT and the Thunder Board - Initial Results

December 2nd - via:
Here is a short video of the Raspberry Pi IOT Thunder Board Lightning Detection Kit working.   About 85% done now and we are detecting Lightning! Best regards,John C. Shovic, PhDCTOSwitchDoc Labs You'll need an HTML5 capable browser to see this... (Read More)

Arduino Thunder Board IOT Project 3D Print Files Released

December 2nd - via:
We have now posted the 3D Print files for the Arduino Thunder Board IOT Project Kit.   You can modify these by using OpenSCAD ( to make your custom enclosure.      (Read More)

Arduino Thunder Board Software Posted

December 1st - via:
We have now posted the first version of Arduino Thunder Board IOT software and also the Thunder Board AS3935 drivers. (Read More)

First Run Manufacturing Boards In House

December 1st - via:
We have our first set of 200 manufacturing boards in house and they test to our specification.   That's great news! That means that we can ship this kickstarter on time.   Whew! We are still working on the software and will be posting the following... (Read More)

Thunder Board Grove Lightning Detector Specification Released

November 30th - via:
Folks, We have now released the first version of the specification for the Thunder Board Grove Lightning Detector.  Up next is the software driver releases and then the software for the Raspberry Pi IOT device and the Arduino IOT device.  Exciting!... (Read More)

Arduino Thunder Board IOT Project - ESP8266 WiFi - How it works!

November 28th - via:
We just posted an article on how the ESP8266 WiFi (Grove of course) works in the Arduino IOT project.   It's all up and working now.  We are getting ready to start doing the software releases and also the ThunderBoard Specification is being... (Read More)

The Thunder Board is up and running on the Raspberry Pi IOT!

November 22nd - via:
Folks, Quite a bit of progress today!   The Thunder Board is running on the Raspberry Pi IOT device.   It is reading the board and sending the information up to the Freeboard Internet Dashboard as shown below.  Next up, get the I2C LCD to work.... (Read More)

New Posting on the Thunder Board - How it works.

November 20th - via:
We have just released a new post on how the Thunder Board works.   We show a block diagram and go through the AS3935 embedded detection algorithm. Check it out: John... (Read More)

More news on the Thunder Board from Testing Central

November 18th - via:
Folks, We started testing the Thunder Board engineering prototypes on the Raspberry Pi today.  Good news!  It works with the Raspberry Pi and works with GroveWeatherPi!   There is joy in Mudville! Best regards, John C. Shovic, PhDCTOSwitchDoc Labs... (Read More)

Live Stream coming at 11:00am today

November 18th - via:
Dr. John Shovic is talking about the Internet of Things and how to build your own IOT device, including a description of the Thunder Board IOT Kit  (Read More)

The Thunder Board in action!

November 16th - via:
Folks, We have our engineering prototypes working with the Arduino as of last night!   This is a quick video of the Thunder Board IOT project with one of our two prototypes installed.   It works! This is our lightning board simulator prototype... (Read More)

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