The Smart Citizen Kit Open Environmental Monitoring Platform

The Smart Citizen Kit Open Environmental Monitoring Platform


There’s still time to get in on the launch of the Smart Citizen sensor and data platform; their fully-funded Kickstarter ends on Sunday. The Smart Citizen Kit looks to be one of the more polished efforts at building a distributed sensing and data aggregation platform. The kit is a microcontroller motherboard (wireless networking and Arduino-compatible in it’s own smart footprint), along with various sensor daughterboards. The Kickstarter sensor board is called the Ambient Board which stocks a handful of sensors for air composition, temperature, light intensity, sound levels, and humidity. More boards on the way for agriculture, health, EMF detection and other applications.

The Smart Citizen Kit is also interesting because it is an international collaboration between Acrobotic Industries in California, Fab Lab Barcelona, IAAC, and the Hangar Interaction Lab. See more information at Acrobotic’s site.


10 thoughts on “The Smart Citizen Kit Open Environmental Monitoring Platform

    1. Shawn Wallace says:

      Yeah, we generally try to not link to the Kickstarter page directly, and link to the project site instead (at least I do). In the comments is fine, though :)

      1. cori says:

        So you’re avoiding linking to the kick starter you’re promoting, with the tacit expectation your commenters will do so? If you don’t mind my asking, what’s the logic in that?

  1. Alan S. Blue says:

    I would want my sensors even more isolated from my hot bits for measuring the actual temperature accurately and precisely. Preferably across the wall of an enclosure. Or two.

    It almost fits the bill as a home smoke/carbon monoxide/heat alarm though.

  2. Peter de Vries says:

    This project is really looking it will go viral soon! It will also have an iOS and Android app when the kits will ship, so it’s easy to follow your and other kits data everywhere :)

    They have reach the first stretch goal too and it is very close to the second stretch (which included even more sensor shields, including an EMF shield). So join me and share it with as many people as you know (on Twitter, Facebook, Blogpost or whatever). The more crowdsourced data we will get, the better it will be and the faster the project will develop in the next months.

    The project website can be found at:

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Shawn Wallace

Shawn Wallace is a MAKE contributor, artist, programmer, and editor living in Providence, R.I. He designs open hardware kits at Modern Device and organized the Fab Academy at the Providence Fab Lab. He makes iPhone synthesizers with the Fluxama collective and is a member of the SMT Computing Society.

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