BoomBox

BoomBox is an open source, Arduino-compatible board that attaches to a camera trap to create an Automated Behavioural Response system (ABRS) for wildlife conservation and research.

If you’re interested in deploying BoomBox, contact us through the form below.  

If you’ve never soldered or programmed hardware before, don’t worry, we’ll take you through it. 

 

 

System Overview

BoomBox connects to the camera trap’s PIR motion sensor. When the PIR motion sensor is triggered, BoomBox plays an audio file, allowing for playback experiments that can capture animal responses to specific audio cues. The system is an adaptation of this one here.

BoomBox v0.6 has been deployed in Serengeti National Park, Tanzania, East Africa. Upcoming deployments include Gorongosa National Park, Mozambique, Southern Africa.

When using and referencing this design, please cite:

Palmer, M. S., Plucinski, J., Akiba., & Pringle, R. Automated Behavioural Response Camera Trap Module for Wildlife Playback Experiments (In Prep)

 

 

BoomBox Footage

Animal footage courtesy of Dr. Meredith Palmer and her team.

 

 

Features

  • 6-8 months battery life 
  • 16MB flash memory (approximately 15 minutes of MP3 play time). The number of audio files depends on length and quality of audio files. 
  • Can trigger directly from trailcam
  • Can trigger via it’s own PIR motion sensor
  • Can play MP3s sequentially, randomly, or in any way you can program
  • Open source software

 

 

Specifications

Power consumption0.3 mA in sleep mode
Audio FormatMP3
Speakers2 x 2-inch, 4 ohm, 5W speakers
Flash Memory16MB
Batteries3 x AA
Operating Temperature Range0 to 70 degrees Celsius
32 to 158 Fahrenheit
Amplifier3W/channel stereo amplifier IC PAM8403
MP3 decoder ICYX6100
Enclosure115 x 90 x 55mm
Has 'ears' for easier mounting
Enclosure ratingIP65
Dust proof, and withstands water jets projected by a nozzle 6.3 mm eg. rainproof

The rest of the specs (for example, the motion sensing distance and camera recording) are as per the camera trap model.

 

 

Compatibility 

BoomBox v0.6 is compatible with the following camera trap models

 

 

Pricing

UnitsCost (USD)
1100
5+80
10+70
20+60
 

 


In The Box

  • BoomBox circuit board
  • 2 x speakers
  • AA battery holder 
  • Cable gland
  • 1 x IP65 enclosure (waterproof, dust proof).
  • Enclosure dimensions: 115 x 90 x 55mm with mounting ear
  • USB programming dongle

*  requires 3 x AA batteries. mounting and speaker enclosures not included.

 

Assembly

Hardware

The camera trap will need some soldering and enclosure modifications to attach BoomBox.  The speakers are outside the enclosure so you can place them at any distance. However you’ll need to protect the speakers against the elements, and experience has taught us the wires are vulnerable to being pulled by baboons 🙂

Don’t worry if you’ve never soldered before, it’s quite straightforward, and we’ll guide you through it.

Software

To download your MP3 files to BoomBox, you’ll need to programme the BoomBox. BoomBox is programmed using the USB programming dongle, and the Arduino IDE (Integrated Development Environment. Arduino is a free, open source platform for hardware development. You can download it here.
 
Again, don’t worry if you’re not familiar with Arduino, it’s not too complicated and we’ll guide you through it.
 

 

 

BoomBox Enquiry

Please include details such as number of devices, deployment environment and deployment dates.
 

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