Solo – The Worlds Largest Message in a Bottle

Trailer: The World’s Largest Message In A Bottle from Solo on Vimeo.

For the last six months I have been very busy working on a project called The Worlds Largest Message in a Bottle for Solo, a Norwegian softdrink. The project involved building an eight meter long bottle and installing cameras, a power source, a satellite link and a server. We launched the bottle from the Canary Islands on the 13th of March and we are tracking it across the Atlantic on www.solo.no. If you guess correctly where it ends up you win a bottle of Solo for every nautical mile it has traveled.

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This has been an extremely challenging project. Writing software where you have little or no opportunity to change anything once you go live has been a daunting prospect. For once  we have had a good amount of time to run tests so hopefully this should be smooth sailing.

On this project I have mainly been working with Pål Smitt-Amundsen on the physical installation, systems, server and bottle code. Making View made the amazing camera and Hydrolift made the actual bottle for us. A long list of all the project contributors can be found here.

The bottle is running Node.js on a Pandaboard and some  Arduino code on two Arduino boxes.

Edit: You can see and hear me and Pål Smith-Amundsen talk about the project here.

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