Freerunner and Earthquakes

Ortwin Regel ortwin at
Sat Apr 19 23:24:24 CEST 2008

Sounds like an awesome idea! :D


On 4/19/08, Brandon Kruger <bmk789 at> wrote:
> After recently having a 5.2 earthquake here in the Midwest, I realized the
> potential in the Openmoko for detecting/pinpointing earthquakes.  What this
> is mostly dependant on is the accuracy of the accelerometers in the
> Freerunner.  From what I've read, Macbooks' accelerometers and detect and
> measure earthquakes fairly accurately. [1]  If the Freerunner's
> accelerometers are precise enough and it could be attached to a fixed
> ground,
> we could use GPS to retreive an accurate location and record and upload
> accelerometer data to a database.  Many different devices running this could
> provide intensity levels at many different locations and (at least fairly
> accurately), pinpoint an epicenter.  This data could become useful to
> researchers and would provide information about an earthquake faster than
> almost any news network would provide.
> Thoughts?
> [1]
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