Hi my name is Arnold, a few months back I saw a TED talk about Tapirs (a mammal about the size of a large pig). I volunteered my time to help design some tech to help the researchers who study these animals and help prevent their deaths. I managed to get in touch with them, and they were so thrilled they invited me along for a week of getting sucked dry by ticks and mosquitoes to observe how they work and what their problems were.
I came back from this trip, full of ideas and projects that could have a huge impact, maybe save billions of animals worldwide. At the moment I'm trying to develop a very cheap IOT type GPS collar that could slash tracking collar costs . They cost a fortune in 3rd world countries, right where most endangered species are!
Secondly im trying to develop a ,cheap and easy to deploy, solution to reduce roadkill. I was shocked to find out more that 400 million , yes 400,000,000 animals are run over every year in Brazil alone! In the one week I spent in the field with the researchers I saw countless dead tapirs, giant ant-eaters, armadillos, tucans(frootyloops bird).It's INSANE! Thrid-world governments don't give a crap , the NGOs doing the research are underfunded and lack the knowledge of designers and engineers, so I feel I must do something.
Both of these ideas are still on paper, so hopefully if enough people help we could have a prototype ready in a few weeks instead of a few months.
I'm doing this for free, Im going to help them not for status or profit, and the NGOs agreed that if we succeed to create a solution , that we would do everything opensource and non-profit.
If your willing to help please get in touch. You don't have to be a arduino ninja or be in Brazil to help, ANY help is welcome. I intend to do this sticking to arduino and xbee so it can be further developed openly.
My email is firstname.lastname@example.org
My name is Arnold ( Arnaldo in portuguese). I live in Atibaia near Sao Paulo in Brazil.
Here is the link to the TED talk that got me involved.
Iniciativa Nacional para Conservação da Anta Brasileira (INCAB)