Geocaching lockbox progress log

3-22-11:

gathered a list of needed parts, along with prices and online vendors.  Mapped out rough logic needed to make GPS lock box function.

 

3-26-11:

Ordered some parts

3-29-11:

Looked at home for parts needed.  Found VFD for displaying coordinate info.  Got VFD to function with Arduino->wrote some sample code to get it to work.

 

4-1-11:

GPS, reversible solenoid come in.

4-2-11:

Went to Mendelson's->got metal box

4-5-11:
solenoid tested-> need to order new parts

project page edited and formatted.  Mapping out holes and areas to cut on the box to install components.

4-8-11:

VFD mounted on front of box.

4-12-11:

Got GPS module working-> now fomatting the output->need to order jumper wires, and Arduino Mega 2650

4-19-11:

Jumper wires, pins, bread board, battery connector arrives->Programs for VFD and GPS now combined, and clean up a bit.  VFD and GPS now wired using jumper wires.  Wiring needs cleaned up.

4-29-11:

Implementation of swich to turn off VFD.

5-3-11:

relocation of GPS to top of box.

5-4-11:

retool methods for sending data to VFD, last touches on programming.  Creation of demo video, and presentation.