GPS Cookie Project

Easy to use and great way to learn about GPS.

As with all my projects here on Kickstarter, its about learning and getting cool technology into the hands of every backer.  Sure, there are plenty of Arduino GPS loggers, geocaching and trackers out there but none of them are as complete, current in technology, easy to use and available at such a low cost.  I designed the GPS Cookie (and Sandwich) so that you can get started experimenting with this advanced GPS data logger right away.

GPS Cookie and Sandwich have all the expansion ports you expect on an Arduino board.

GPS Cookie and Sandwich have all the expansion ports you expect on an Arduino board.

A complete GPS recording system that is ready to go.

Just insert two AAA batteries and any micro SD card to start recording and location data.  The on board LEDs will tell you when the GPS Cookie is receiving satellite data and recording your route history.  After your car ride, bike trip, walk or any other journey is over, just pull out the SD card, upload it to Google Earth and you are ready to view everywhere you or the GPS Cookie or Sandwich has been.

Works anywhere on the planet with Google Earth

We all know the amazing images inside of Google Earth and I am sure many of you have wanted to integrate your own data into their maps.  Now with the GPS Cookie, you will be able to interact with Google Earth like never before.

Find out more at GPSCOOKIE.COM

Files open in Google Earth and show the date, time, location, speed and route you traveled.

Files open in Google Earth and show the date, time, location, speed and route you traveled.

Recorded NMEA-0183 data on both models includes:

  • Time and date of all locations
  • The route you traveled
  • The speed, heading and direction at each moment
  • The time and date of any stops you made
  • Altitude above sea level

Click here to download a sample file as recorded on the GPS Cookie.

LOTS OF TECHNOLOGY INSIDE

Available in two unique shapes just for fun!

GPS Cookie in Fun Round Shape. Clean design with built in AAA batteries.

GPS Cookie in Fun Round Shape. Clean design with built in AAA batteries.
GPS Sandwich for those that like a more traditional shape.

GPS Sandwich for those that like a more traditional shape.

Take a BITE out of your gas millage and daily commute.

There are a bunch useful things you can do with the data that comes out of both the GPS Cookie and GPS Sandwich.

  • Use the route information to shorten your daily commute.
  • Record your walking, jogging distance and time for later review.
  • Geotag the exact location your photos were taken.
  • Keep an eye on your vehicle’s speed and other important information.
  • Have fun recording the route of anything that moves!
  • Share your routes with friends on social media sites.
View your travel routes in Google Earth. Universal Studios, Disney and WB seen here!

View your travel routes in Google Earth. Universal Studios, Disney and WB seen here!

No Ugly Shields, Wires and Power packs Here!

Other Arduino GPS Loggers use large, cumbersome shields and external power sources.

Other Arduino GPS Loggers use large, cumbersome shields and external power sources.

What is the difference between the GPS Cookie and GPS Sandwich?

Simple answer: There is no difference!  It is just the shape of the circuit board.  If you like the fun design of the GPS Cookie, pick that one to play with.  If you like the more traditional look of a square circuit board, pick the Sandwich.  If you can’t decide, buy an entire sheet with both versions on one break-away circuit board.

The Cookie and Sandwich are electronically identical and come with all the source code, schematics and bill of materials so you can build your own or reverse engineer my design any way you like.  This project is open source so backers are free to do whatever they want with the technology.

Naturally, The Cookie and Sandwich come on a sheet!

Naturally, The Cookie and Sandwich come on a sheet!

I see other Arduino GPS data loggers out there for $100.00 or more.  What makes the GPS Cookie and Sandwich different and how did you make it so reasonably priced?

There might even be some out there cheaper but don’t be fooled.  Many of those Arduino boards don’t include the GPS receiver and if they do, it is most likely older, outdated technology with poor receiver capabilities.  In addition, the GPS Cookie and Sandwich have everything on the same board including batteries.  These are fully functional units that you can use anywhere without worrying about wires, external power or poor signal strength.  GPS Cookie is a complete, self contained product that works right out of the box.  All firmware will come pre-installed.  Just add batteries and start recording GPS data out of the box.

Modern Components offer superior performance. SD Card, GPS & Power on same board.

Modern Components offer superior performance. SD Card, GPS & Power on same board.

On board power source makes it portable!

Most other Arduino GPS boards require external power and other accessories to become fully functional.  Some Arduino “shields” even require you to solder in an old style patch antenna GPS module.

Standard Arduino header pins for easy hacking, expansion and writing your own firmware.

Standard Arduino header pins for easy hacking, expansion and writing your own firmware.

The GPS Cookie and Sandwich are complete working units with the latest 2013 GPS technology that you can use out of the box.  Add two AAA batteries and any micro SD card and you are ready to record GPS data.

Go for a long walk and record every track.  Florence, was a great place to test the prototype.

Go for a long walk and record every track. Florence, was a great place to test the prototype.

Arduino UNO (328P) and High Sensitivity U-Blox Receiver and Power Source On One Board

It works right out of the box or you can write your own code!  The uses are endless and up to you!  It is fun with lots of practical uses too!

If you want to save money, you can order the Cookie or Sandwich without the USB breakout components attached.  Should you decide later that you want to write your own code, the Cookie and Sandwich are compatible with Sparkfun’s FTDI Basic board which you can purchase at any time.

Arduino compatible FTDI Basic USB (option) built into top board for easy programming.

Arduino compatible FTDI Basic USB (option) built into top board for easy programming.

Other open source trackers use outdated GPS technologies.  Both the GPS Cookie and GPS Sandwich use the latest in 360 degree, 50 channel satellite receiver technology.  No cheap ceramic patch antennas here.  The Cookie and Sandwich use U-Blox compatible chipsets with high gain, omni-directional fractal antennas offering over -162dBm tracking sensitivity.

Top cover board of GPS Cookie and Sandwich Standard Edition.

Top cover board of GPS Cookie and Sandwich Standard Edition.
Top cover board of GPS Cookie and Sandwich with Arduino / FTDI Basic USB port.

Top cover board of GPS Cookie and Sandwich with Arduino / FTDI Basic USB port.

Arduino Open Source Software!

Based on the Arduino UNO and a GPS receiver shield, the COOKIE and Sandwich can be hacked and programmed to do whatever your imagination can come up with.

BAKE (or MAKE) your own!

Blank set of boards are great to hang on your wall or bake (make) your own!

Blank set of boards are great to hang on your wall or bake (make) your own!

If you have steady hands and experience with small SMT components, I am offering the blank boards as a pledge option.  The blank sheet would also look good framed on a wall.

It’s all about quantity discounts

Like all my Kickstarter projects, it’s all about getting the community involved by backing group purchases.  By ordering 100 or more fully assembled boards at a time, we can all take advantage of the larger discount.  My goal is set to a point where I can order the 100 board minimum and still take advantage of this discounted quantity build price.

More advanced when compared to other Arduino GPS boards:

  • Open Source and hackable
  • Compatible with Windows, MAC, Linux and Android
  • Works on all computers and mobile devices
  • ATmega328P microprocessor
  • 32 Kbytes Flash Memory
  • 16 MHZ Clock Speed
  • Arduino UNO Compatible Bootloader
  • Micro SD Card Reader on board
  • (2) AAA Battery holders
  • 50 Channel GPS receiver
  • NMEA and U-Blox binary datastreams
  • High gain 360 degree fractal antenna doesn’t care which way it is pointed.
  • GPS L1 Frequency
  • SBAS, WASS, EGNOS, MSAS enabled
  • Cold Start – 26 seconds Max
  • Warm Start – 26 seconds Max
  • Hot Start – 1 second
  • -162 dBm tracking sensitivity
  • -148 dBm Cold Start sensitivity
  • 5Hz (1/5 second) Max navigation update rate
  • 2.5 meter Horizontal accuracy
  • 0.1 meters per second velocity accuracy
  • 0.5 degree heading accuracy
  • 50,000 meters maximum altitude