Compass for mountains and water
My parents asked me a question growing up; “Are you someone who is drawn more to mountains or to water?” In the way they explained it, those that go to the mountains seek intellectual thought, isolation, or protection. While those that go to water seek communication and an exchange of ideas, as waterways are sources of trade. Compass for mountains and water is a working compass housed within a suitcase, which belonged to my parents, that points to the closest inland body of water and closest mountain. It uses GPS, two stepper motors, a digital compass, and a microcontroller to direct two laser-etched pointers. A list of coordinates of the bodies of water and mountains are hard coded into the microcontroller. The GPS cross-references your current location with the stored ones and turns each motor to point in the appropriate direction of the closest mountain and body of water.