The RaceBox Micro Is a Teeny-Tiny 25Hz Bluetooth GNSS Data Logger for RC Racing and More

With enough storage for five hours of logging, Bluetooth connectivity, and an IMU, the compact RaceBox Micro packs in the features.

Gareth Halfacree
1 month ago β€’ Sensors / HW101

Florida-based RaceBox is looking to offer a flexible yet robust platform for Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) location tracking and logging: the RaceBox Micro, which delivers a 25Hz update rate and can store up to five hours of data on-device.

"Welcome the next evolution in precision GPS technology tailored for the DIY enthusiasts: the RaceBox Micro," says RaceBox's Zhivko Valov of the company's compact board design. "The orientation towards DIY fans underscores our commitment to innovation, adaptability, and community-driven development, making the RaceBox Micro not just a tool for performance enhancement but also a canvas for creativity and ingenuity in the hands of hobbyists and developers alike."

The RaceBox Micro aims to deliver high-performance location and inertial data logging for RC racers, drone pilots, and more. (πŸ“Ή: RaceBox)

The RaceBox Micro, formerly known as the RaceBox Nano and that follows on from the company's earlier RaceBox Pro and Mini designs, is built around a u-blox SAM-M10Q low-power Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) receiver module, which offers four-constellation tracking with an update rate up to 25Hz.

To this, RaceBox has added a high-precision accelerometer and gyroscope sensor, a Bluetooth 5.2 module for wireless connectivity, and enough memory to store up to five hours of captured data β€” with logging triggered at the press of a physical button, with a companion mobile app providing more fine-grained control and wireless log access.

"With comprehensive guides and practical code samples, we've streamlined the integration process to ensure a smooth, effortless experience," Valov claims of the logger, which can be used to transmit NMEA location information to external devices including Arduino microcontrollers and Raspberry Pi single-board computers.

"By opening our protocol documentation, we aim to foster innovation and creativity within the racing community, inviting everyone to enhance their applications with the precision and versatility of the RaceBox Micro."

The RaceBox Micro is currently funding on Kickstarter, with early bird rewards starting at $79 for a single unit β€” representing a claimed $50 discount from the planned retail price of $129. All hardware is expected to ship in July this year, the company claims.

Gareth Halfacree
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