On June 6, 2012, a group of friends on St. Paul’s east side gathered with a mission to build build hardware, firmware, and software to help anyone, anywhere, measure the environment around them. We are passionate about water resources, international development, scientific advances, and technology. Since that time, we have spent nights, weekends, and scattered pockets of time to build a suite of quality data loggers, sensors, and tools. All of our designs are open source, and our philosophy is first and foremost to improve global access to foundational environmental data.
President and co-founder
Direction and funding
Lead engineer (electrical)
Electronic hardware design and efficient power paths
CAD, 3D printing, and CNC milling
Lead firmware developer
Engineer (mechanical) and co-founder
CAD, 3D printing, and CNC milling
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Saberi, L., R. T. McLaughlin, G.-H. C. Ng, J. La Frenierre, A. D. Wickert, M. Baraer, W. Zhi, L. Li, and B. G. Mark (2019), Multi-scale temporal variability in meltwater contributions in a tropical glacierized watershed, Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 23, 405–425, doi:10.5194/hess-23-405-2019.
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We are currently transitioning through the year 2020 from development to development + sales. Please be in contact if you are interested in purchasing anything, and we will let you know what is available. Costs are dependent on quantity and development maturity.
Collaborations and thanks
Our open-source instrumentation research has benefited greatly from collaborations with the University of Minnesota, including:
- Andrew Wickert’s Surface Processes Instrumentation Lab
- Senior Design programs in both Electrical and Mechanical Engineering
Significant financial support for our work is provided by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) Global Hydrometry Support Facility (HydroHub) as part of an ongoing project to develop telemetered data loggers and better water-level sensors for use in Bhutan and Afghanistan.