Cat Tracking Begins

So, I finally got around to starting my Cat Tracking project that’s supposed to help me learn some of this Arduino stuff.  I took a workshop at The Hacktory, which was helpful.  Thankfully, there are millions of tutorials and sample code online.  Mostly, I’m just tweaking code to make it do what I want.  I spent maybe 45 minutes yesterday getting everything up and running.  Here are the results:

Ready to start

All the materials are laid out and ready to go.

All connected

Hooked up properly.

Flora gps

Hanging out the window to get a GPS signal.

Success capturing gps data




Putting coordinates on Google Map–pretty accurate!

Some issues I encountered:

1. I had to install the Adafruit GPS libraries.  I tried to do it the automated way, but ended up having to do it manually, which isn’t a huge deal, but it took me 10-15 minutes to sort that out. (This tutorial was really helpful.)

2. I had the wrong Serial port option selected for a while.  I usually use a tty option.  Flora requires a cu option (usually usb). My program wouldn’t even compile until I got this right.

My next steps are to store the GPS data that the Flora outputs and then translate it into Google map data to create a visible path.  I’ve seen tutorials for this so I don’t think it will be too hard.  Then I’ll test it on myself.  Then I think I’ll be ready to sew the Flora into the little bandana I have for my cat.  Getting my cat to wear said bandana is going to be the hard part. 🙂

One Reply to “Cat Tracking Begins”

  1. This looks really interesting 🙂

    Did you ever progress further in getting the flora on your cat’s bandanna? I have four cats myself and I often wonder where they go when they’re out (in fact when I moved one of them went about 2 miles across a couple of main roads from where I now live to where I used to live, it took her 2 weeks but I was absolutely amazed that she had such tracking skills). Being a newbie to Arduino I’ve been looking for a project to get my teeth into and this sounds like a great introduction.


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