Author Archive | John Beans

Metric Bug Found

If you use your altimeter in metric mode and have a new generation AltimeterOne Version 2.3 or AltimeterTwo Version 3.8, you should send it to us to be upgraded, because we have found a bug that incorrectly displays metric units in these particular versions. The data is measured and stored correctly in feet, but the […]

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The Next Generation

The look of AltimeterOne and AltimeterTwo have changed. Here are the main differences between the “classic” versions and the new ones: Graphic displays, with animation and fonts More powerful batteries Standard Micro-B USB connector Flash storage for 100 flights Replaceable LCD and battery There are other, more subtle changes, too. We’ve taken suggestions from you […]

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Quadcopter High Altitude Flight

Jesse Ferrell, who works for Accuweather, strapped an AltimeterOne to his Phantom quadcopter in the field of view of this GoPro camera and captured this flight up to just under 2,000 feet. The quadcopter was actually out of control range, but returned via autopilot to Jesse. Switch to HD resolution to see the real-time altitude […]

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Video: Trends in Rocket Electronics

Jolly Logic’s founder John Beans discusses the ways that electronics can improve rocketry (including some upcoming products) in this presentation to the National Association of Rocketry’s recent annual convention. His talk includes discussion of wireless tracking, electronic parachute deployment, and integration with Apple and Android mobile devices. [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1OgUF-Ky-Os&w=640&h=385]

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Free Shipping

If you haven’t already noticed, we ship for free within the United States. According to the postal service, shipping via USPS First Class means that your package will arrive within 2-8 days. However, if you live in Northern California, you may get your purchase the next day! So if you need your purchase in a […]

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Beta Testers Needed

Interested in being part of the development of new products? Jolly Logic is looking to expand its beta testing program for upcoming products. Beta testers help by testing new product prototypes in order to help us as we develop the firmware and get the features to work as easily and reliably as we can. Sometimes […]

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Sneak Peek: Even Cooler LCDs

It’s not quite time to release information yet on our next round of products, but we can offer a sneak peek into one of the new components that will be on display (pun intended) when we do. We love clear, easy-to-read displays, but as our products get more sophisticated and powerful, the displays need to […]

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A High Performance AltimeterTwo Mount

Interested in wringing the most performance possible out of your AltimeterTwo? Steven Collins has written a step-by-step guide that walks you through both the math and the construction of a special mount that orients the AltimeterTwo at just the right angles to extend its acceleration range to 40 Gs. So if you think your rocket […]

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It’s Here!

*** FOR RELEASE ON MAY 25 *** Jolly Logic Announces Release of the AltimeterTwo May 25, 2011 — Danville, CA Jolly Logic today announced the commercial release of the AltimeterTwo, a small rechargeable barometric and accelerometer-equipped altimeter for model rockets that includes advanced flight analysis features. In addition to peak altitude, the AltimeterTwo reports: ŒŽ‘’“”• […]

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The AltimeterOne Goes to Space Camp

Todd Treichel is senior engineer for Orbital Technologies Corporation. ORBITEC makes a number of systems and components for real space projects, including propulsion and life-support equipment for space shuttle missions and the international space station. Todd also works with local high school students to teach them engineering and science, and he used the AltimeterOne on […]

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Coming in May 2011: The AltimeterTwo

New for May 2011, the AltimeterTwo packs even more power into a package the same size as the AltimeterOne. With the addition of a triple axis accelerometer and a processor that is four times faster, the AltimeterTwo can now measure speed, acceleration, and the timing of events throughout a rocket’s flight. The AltimeterTwo provides a […]

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AltimeterOne Enhancements

We’re always looking for ways to improve. Thanks to our customers and dedicated beta testers, we’ve designed some neat improvements to the AltimeterOne that we’ll be phasing into production soon. Upcoming enhancements to the AltimeterOne include: »  A second generation case design to increase ruggedness »  An enhanced screen to indicate battery charge »  Optional […]

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Supply Chain Challenges

Our printed circuit boards and packaging are manufactured in California. Our source of custom Lithium batteries is based in Hong Kong. Injection molded parts and LCD displays are created in China, while the heart of our test equipment originated in Hungary. There were great reasons for choosing each—they are all “best of breed”—but what do […]

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