Gps Wedding Ring

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got engaged recently, in part thanks to his clever GPS Engagement Ring Box, and he sent us a brief overview of how he brought this project to life. The exterior of the box is rather simple: one button and an LCD. Upon pressing the button, the LCD would indicate how far it needed to be taken to reach a pre-selected destination. After carrying it to the correct location, the box would open, revealing the ring (and a bit of electronics). Inside is a GPS antenna and a Stellaris Launchpad, which are powered by three Energizer lithium batteries to ensure the box didn’t run out of juice during the walk. To keep the lid closed, 3D printed a small latch and glued it to the top of the box, which is held in place by a micro servo. Once the box reaches its destination, the microcontroller tells the servo to swing out of the way, and the box can then open. As a failsafe, added a reed switch to trigger an interrupt to open the box regardless of location. It seems this was a wise choice, because the GPS was a bit off and the box didn’t think it was in the correct place. Swing by his blog for more information on the box’s construction and the wiring. We wish the best and look forward seeing his future hacks; perhaps he’ll come up with some clever ones for the wedding like our friend Bill Porter.
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Inside is a GPS antenna and a Stellaris Launchpad, which are powered by three Energizer lithium batteries to ensure the box didn’t run out of juice during the walk. To keep the lid closed, 3D printed a small latch and glued it to the top of the box, which is held in place by a micro servo. Once the box reaches its destination, the microcontroller tells the servo to swing out of the way, and the box can then open. As a failsafe, added a reed switch to trigger an interrupt to open the box regardless of location. It seems this was a wise choice, because the GPS was a bit off and the box didn’t think it was in the correct place.
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got engaged recently, in part thanks to his clever GPS Engagement Ring Box, and he sent us a brief overview of how he brought this project to life. The exterior of the box is rather simple: one button and an LCD. Upon pressing the button, the LCD would indicate how far it needed to be taken to reach a pre-selected destination. After carrying it to the correct location, the box would open, revealing the ring (and a bit of electronics).
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‘And as an added bonus, these rings also have clear safety benefits. With GPS installed in your jewellery, the chances of getting them back if they’re lost or stolen increases ten-fold.’
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Existing affordable recreational grade GPS systems struggle to get 2-meter accuracy.  To improve to 1-meter or so, you need to move to survey-grade systems and to get to cm-level, you’re talking 5-digits, tripods and headaches.  Considering the limited resources (money and time) of most Archaeology projects and the competitive pricing pressures on CRM, I feel sure that all-digital Archaeology grids will be adopted quickly by financial necessity as hardware manufacturers begin to employ the new chips.
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I did something very similar for a friend’s engagement a couple of years ago using a Netduino. (Let’s be honest it’s not an unusual project.) In addition to distance there were a few instructions – suggesting which bus to get, etc. Rather than a ring it contained a message and took her to a jewellers to pick a ring. I’m not just doing a “me too”. I’m mentioning it as they’re married and their first kid is due next month, so I’d say it can be defined as a success.
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Dean Barnes and his wife were able to locate the Schumacher’s church thanks to the coordinates inscribed inside the ring. Once the church connected the two couples, the Barnes mailed the ring back to the Schumachers in Kansas, along with a note.
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“I took my ring off to put it in the nosepiece of my goggles because I was tired of getting sunscreen caked on it,” Schumacher told ABC News. Some time later, he looked down at his finger only to realize he had completely forgotten about the wedding band.
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Weeks earlier, newlyweds Brandon and Megan Schumacher had been on their honeymoon, snorkeling in the area, when Brandon lost the band. “I took my ring off to put in the nosepiece of my goggles because I was tired of getting sunscreen caked on it,” Brandon, 26, told ABC News. “I was thinking, ‘You can’t possibly lose it if it’s in the nose of the goggles. You have to look right at it before putting them on.’ But then I started messing with my GoPro and got distracted and noticed there was sand in the goggles later and took them to the water to rinse out.”
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I proposed to my now wife almost the same way about 4 years ago. But, my then fiance did not want me to publish the pictures. 🙂 My box is bigger and all the electronics are hidden. Once opened, revealed pictures of us, and couple of noisemakers, and a note asking the question. I didn’t put the ring in the box, just in case something went wrong like a SW bug to ruin your day.
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The couple searched the sand and sea to find the missing ring, even flagging down a man with a metal detector to help them look. But after hours of searching, they came up empty-handed.
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After checking local pawn shops and filing a police report, the couple’s hopeless search was forced to an end when they flew home to Kansas. The couple accepted fate, and Megan even ordered a replacement ring.
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“I informed Megan that it was not our ring and that she did not owe us anything,” Dean Barnes wrote in the letter, obtained by ABC News. “All I asked was that Megan and Brandon go back to Maui or another vacation and enjoy themselves and leave their rings at home.”
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Last month, Dean and Young Barnes of Oregon were on vacation in Maui when they stumbled upon something priceless another couple had replaced. At around 9:30 p.m., more than two hours after sunset, the couple were walking along the beach in ankle-deep water when Young noticed a dark spot in the water. She stepped on it, holding it in place until the water went back with a receding wave. When she reached for it, she realized it was a wedding band.

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