Group of 4 | Fall 2018, Royal College of Art & Imperial College

Aweigh is a decentralised navigation device that does not rely on GPS satellites to position oneself. In the project, we wanted to develop alternatives to everyday technologies which are increasingly black-boxed and rely on centralised systems. Aweigh is about the transparency of technology, disseminating technological knowledge to individuals, and reducing our reliance on systems in which we have little control.

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We recognized that users will want to use Aweigh for different reasons. Some users may just want to be off grid or find their position in places where GPS cannot reach. Other users may want to learn how to use a Raspberry Pi or build a casing for their specific context. For this reason, Aweigh comes in three different versions to apply to different contexts and needs.

  1. Full device, ready to go out of box.

  2. Aweigh PCB and relevant components so the individual can build a casing according to their context and needs.

  3. A list of components to build the device from scratch, with instructions on how to do so.


My role on the team was the lead hardware engineer and designer, working to bring Aweigh to life. I designed a custom printed circuit board (PCB) using Autodesk Eagle to gather and process polarisation information from skylight. The custom PCB fits onto a Raspberry Pi, so that users can add different components to it to fit their needs.


We wrote a book that describes our journey thus far with Aweigh. It includes technical details, motivations, and additional resources. The book serves to disseminate the information within our project, so people can take that information and use it for their needs. It is downloadable on our website.