Quake-Catcher Network Sensor Monitoring

Quake-Catcher Network Sensor Monitoring

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QCN/BOINC app for Android Devices Now Available
QCN now runs on Android ARM-processor devices (phones, tablets, etc) via BOINC for Android, which is available on the Google Play store: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=edu.berkeley.boinc

It is recommended to run using the default settings - ie QCN will run on your Android device when it's charging ("at rest" so it won't trigger every few seconds) and on a wifi network. The network and CPU requirements are very small, typically 1-5% CPU, and a few kilobytes per day.

Just download BOINC for Android from the Google Play store link above, and attach to "qcn.stanford.edu/sensor"

Note that this app is not graphical - we are looking to make a QCNLive-style Android add-on for displaying the QCN/BOINC app/accelerometer information.
1 Feb 2014, 20:11:31 UTC · Comment

QCN Explorer Website for Demonstrating QCN Sensors and Earthquakes
Our colleagues at the University of Delaware have created a website qcnexplorer.org in which you can simulate earthquake events and their effect on a QCN sensor network. 22 Jan 2014, 17:41:34 UTC · Comment

Reinstall BOINC if Upgraded to Mac OS X 10.9 (Maverick)
You should reinstall BOINC after upgrading to "Maverick" as the upgrade will lose the necessary BOINC accounts, hence the permissions in the directory will be wrong. You can download it from http://boinc.berkeley.edu/download.php 28 Oct 2013, 18:55:46 UTC · Comment

US Gov't Shutdown - No USGS Data
Note that due to the recent US government shutdown - the USGS will not be providing data for the QCNLive & QCN/BOINC earthquake map, and matching of USGS detected events to QCN events. Hopefully this issue will be resolved soon. 1 Oct 2013, 21:19:52 UTC · Comment

QCN Open-Source on github
We are opening up the source code for QCN for those of you who want to experiment (for example) with QCNLive and the sensors. The code is under the "LGPL" license (as are dependencies such as BOINC, Qt, etc) There are project workspace for Windows (Visual Studio) and Mac (XCode) in the respective win_build and mac_build directories to get you started. The project is on github at https://github.com/carlgt1/qcn 17 Jun 2013, 21:07:36 UTC · Comment

NEES/QCN Open House for Future Teachers
NEES@UCSB personnel hosted an open house for future science teachers in the Givertz Graduate School of Education at UC Santa Barbara in April 2013. Sandra Seale and Francesco Civilini, NEES project specialists, gave a training session in “Make Your Own Earthquake” using the QCN sensor. The teachers downloaded the QCN software and practiced making their own quakes and printing their graphs.

Find out more information about NEES and Make-Your-Own-Earthquake here.
24 Apr 2013, 21:40:23 UTC · Comment

BBC (UK) TV - Looking for videos of participants - what do you think of QCN?
Dear all,

We are working on a piece for British television for a science programme called the Dara O’Briain Science Club that will be broadcast in the UK to several million and many more around the world. We are working with the project leader Elizabeth Cochran to make a short insert for a prime time science show explaining the QCN. Elizabeth has kindly given me permission to contact the community via this forum. We are trying to demonstrate the success of the network so far – show how this is really just at the beginning but already people from all over the world are taking part.

We are looking for participants to film themselves to tell us why they got involved with the network and what it means to them. It could be you, your partner, your children – anybody taking part! It could be filmed on an iPhone, webcam or similar – the quality isn’t important. We’d hope you’d be able to upload the video to a private YouTube channel on use drop box – a free upload service: https://www.dropbox.com/home

Ideally what we are looking for is:

• Your first name – and why you joined the quake Cather network – (about 30 seconds)
• What are your hopes for the network? - (20 seconds roughly)
• Wave at camera with name on card or similar (licence to be creative here!) - (about 20 seconds).

Please contact me directly on duncan.singh@bbc.co.uk if you have any questions and to submit short videos. We aim to make a montage with the footage for use in the programme – to demonstrate the scale and success of the network.

Thank you for your help!

25 Mar 2013, 12:13:41 UTC · Comment

QCN Featured in TEDx Talk
Project collaborator Debi Kilb gave a TEDx talk on ‘Using Videogames to Cultivate Future Scientists’ which includes a videogame created around the QCN project. Check out the video of her talk here. 5 Mar 2013, 19:18:34 UTC · Comment

Windows 8 Compatibility and QCN
We are seeing some trouble with the JoyWarrior USB sensors (particularly the 24F14) and Windows 8. It appears to be a Microsoft issue, ie somehow they are showing the sensor correctly but the values are all "0" for x/y/z. If you are using Windows 8 or thinking of moving to it, you may want to look into an alternative sensor such as the ONavi or Phidget.com models, which run fun in Windows 8. 17 Jan 2013, 23:02:51 UTC · Comment

New Versions of QCN for All Platforms (v 7.29)
I've just put up new versions of QCN/BOINC and QCNLive for all platforms, due to upgrades in the BOINC libraries as well as the development tools on Mac (Xcode4) and Windows (VS2010). There is no longer support for the MotionNode accelerometer, nor for the Mac PowerPC (PPC) platform (PPC Macs will still receive work but end at version 7.17). Support has been added for all Phidgets accelerometers (1042, 1044, 1056). These new versions will be downloaded to your host computer via BOINC at the end of your current workunit (usually within one day). If you wish to get them now, press the "Reset Project" button on your BOINC Manager. This may also be a good time to make sure that your computer location is set via the "Computer Location Info" button. 13 Jan 2013, 21:41:02 UTC · Comment

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