Air Quality Egg Workshop


The Air Quality Egg, a community project which aims to produce an open air quality sensor network, is LIVE on Kickstarter!

In this workshop, we will build the prototype version of the Air Quality Egg sensor box together, a great way to get some hands on time building electronics with Joe Saavedra (developer of, faculty at Parsons Univ NYC teaching embedded computing). You will also be one of the first people to start contributing open air quality data via this citizen-driven methodology as you will keep the prototype that you build (workshop fee is for the cost of hardware).

The second portion of the workshop will include a discussion of applications for the Egg.  How can we use this data?  What will the one button and one light do?  We will also have extra kits which we can build, deploy, and leave.  We may want to go and place some sensors and start working with the data. TBD!

The workshop fee includes all the materials to build one sensor box: Nanode, proto-board, sensors, power supply.

Skills required:

-Basic soldering

-Basic arduino

You will need to bring:


-Soldering iron

-5V FTDI cable for programming the Nanode (if you don't have one, let's use the comments to figure out if there are enough people with cables to share)

-7 ft. ethernet cable


10AM-10:30AM: Setup/Intro

10:30AM-2PM: Build your own sensor board. (Lunch will be provided)

2PM-3:30PM: Application discussion (How can we use this data?  What will the one button and one light do? )

3:30PM-4:30PM: Deploy some sensors.

4:30PM:  END

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  • César G.

    I really enjoyed attending this workshop and improving my soldering skills. Friendly people and clear instructions to help building the Egg prototype. The talk afterwards was also super interesting.

    April 6, 2012

  • Sara A.

    It was great, i learn how to build the egg by my self. My table colleagues were very helpful and friendly. See you next time :)

    April 6, 2012

  • Joe S.

    Hi all -- I made a site for this workshop: -- it's missing a bunch of info, but the resources are definitely all there!! Thanks for coming out, had a great time.

    March 31, 2012

  • Cindy

    Hi All, I have posted the few notes I took during our little discussion out in the park - they are in the discussions board: "Ok, we've built an egg, now what?"

    March 30, 2012

  • Cindy

    It was fantastic to interact in such a creative exercise with you all. Thanks Joe and Ed for the opportunity! However, I wish we had had more time to explore the different components and actually got to use our little creations.

    March 30, 2012

  • Stephen H.

    It was a really fun day, a good mix of skill levels which made it more interesting and great conversations around the topics of air quality monitoring and the reasons for interest in the internet of things.

    March 30, 2012

  • Ashley M.

    OK, where can I find the complete build instructions? I spent too much time talking rather than building, I want to finish off my egg!! :)

    March 30, 2012

  • James T

    Great for starters, love to do a more advanced one. Superb informative friendly and nice delegates too

    March 30, 2012

  • Ashley M.

    Concurring with Nicholas' point: I'll also be bringing an old laptop with Debian on. What software are you using to flash the nanode? avrdude?

    Concerning the FTDI cable, I just have an FTDI chip on a board with the USB on one side and 5V,TX,RX,GND,CTS,DTR on the other. I'm assuming, based on the schematics of the Nanode ( that I can just patch this to it. Is anyone attending got any spare bits of patch cable and male/female 0.1" pitch adapters for this?

    March 28, 2012

  • Nicholas H.

    Hi all,
    I'll be bringing a Linux laptop. Does anyone know if there will be issues in developing and flashing the arduino with this environment?

    I'm also hoping there will be some some type of lamp magnifier - my soldering skills are not to good! :-( ...

    March 28, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Feel better! Hope you can make it.

    March 28, 2012

  • Ashley M.

    Hi, I really hope I can attend this. I've RSVP'd but I'm currently recovering from a mild tonsillitis. I feel much better today and I think with some luck it will be gone by tomorrow, but of course I do not want to infect you all. If I can't make it, my colleague Nicholas, who is also attending, will build my egg for me (at least I'll try and burden that responsibility on him).

    March 28, 2012

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