Adafruit has this week announced the availability of a new product in the form of the FONA 808 Shield that offers Mini Cellular GSM and GPS for Arduino projects.
The compact little board is packed with a wealth of features and provides an all-in-one cellular phone module with support for location-tracking, voice, text, SMS and data in one small board.
The Adafruit FONA 808 Shield is now available priced at $50 and features include :
• Quad-band 850/900/1800/1900MHz – connect onto any global GSM network with any 2G SIM (in the USA, T-Mobile is suggested)
• Fully-integrated GPS (MT3336 chipset with -165 dBm tracking sensitivity) that can be controlled and query over the same serial port
• Make and receive voice calls using a headset or an external 32Ω speaker + electret microphone
• Send and receive SMS messages
• Send and receive GPRS data (TCP/IP, HTTP, etc.)
• PWM/Buzzer vibrational motor control
• AT command interface with “auto baud” detection
GPS specifications include :
• 22 tracking /66 acquisition channels
• GPS L1 C/A code
• Tracking: -165 dBm
• Cold starts : -147 dBm
• Cold starts: 30s (typ.)
• Hot starts: 1s (typ.)
• Warm starts: 28s (typ.)
• Accuracy: approx 2.5 meters
If you found this project interesting why not build your very own Arduino wind speed meter or anemometer to record the wind speed in your area.
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