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2 Apr 2015


by Mahesh Venkitachalam:

I was in Bhutan last December, and as we travelled to different locations, I kept wondering what the temperature and altitude was, and wished I had some gizmo that would show me these values. Back home, I did a bit of research on altitude sensors, and one that came up was the cheap BMP180 sensor. It measures temperature and pressure, and the latter can be used to calculate the altitude. It’s been lying around with me the past few months, and now I’ve finally gotten around to building a display around it.

Temperature / Altitude / Pressure Display using BMP180 - [Link]

20 Mar 2015


With Sensirion humidity and temperature sensors you can be sure of what you measure. Moreover, now we´ll support your development by free samples.

Top-class calibrated humidity and temperature sensors Sensirion already gained many fans. Mainly thanks to a fact, that they´re not only “sensors” but a ready-made solution with a pre-amplifier, ADC and other circuits, which directly provide a final value in a digital form. That´s why it´s not necessary to solve input portion (noise, shielding, power supply, length of wires,…). Moreover, their long-term stability is verified in a praxis.

Features and usage of Sensirion sensors was introduced to you in many our articles. In the Sensirion portfolio can be found easily solderable types on a small PCB like for example SHT11(15) or SHT71 (75), as well as miniature types in SMT DFN packages like for example SHT21 (25) and also the new SHTC1. Small DFN package is practically impossible to solder manually, but it´s relatively easily manageable by means of a solder paste and a hot-air soldering station or ideally by a reflow in a hot-air oven.

Maybe, you´ve already noticed, that in many articles we also bring you a contest with a possibility to win free samples of a given component. We usually draw by lots 1-10 winners, which will directly receive free samples.

Still, if you´re seriously interested to try a given sample for a development of your (industrial) application, please contact us by e-mail. In many cases, we can provide you a given sample even if you wasn´t one of lucky winners of the contest.

Evaluate the Swiss precision for free! - [Link]

2 Mar 2015


At the 2015 Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain, the leading sensor manufacturer Sensirion will present a new multi-pixel gas sensor, plus a new barometric pressure sensor. Both new sensors, which rank among the smallest yet most accurate in their class worldwide, are capable of measuring indoor air quality (IAQ), the gases in a person’s breath, and barometric air pressure, as required for indoor navigation applications. The new sensors complement Sensirion’s existing product offering for wearables, smartphones, tablets, and the Internet of Things (IoT), and confirm the company’s status as the only sensor manufacturer to offer a complete solution all the way from sensor to cloud. With its trusted humidity and temperature sensors already established on the market, Sensirion is now expanding its range of environmental sensors to include gas and pressure sensors.

Sensirion presents the smallest and most accurate Gas and Pressure Sensors – [Link]

27 Feb 2015


by Martin @ harizanov.com:

The WiFi SSR board project changed a bit and I use classical relays instead of SSRs now. The reason is that SSRs tend to get quite hot when switching larger loads, and the 8A relays I last used actually could be used for max 2.5A load switching with no heat sink. The high quality relays I now use allow 10A load switching and are rather quiet. I also changed the design a bit so that it would fit in a box (DIN rail compatible) for increased safety.

WiFi Thermostat with weekly scheduler - [Link]

25 Feb 2015


by Francesco Truzzi :

Some time ago I came across a new chip from TI, the HDC1000. It’s a temperature and humidity sensor with I2C interface and requires little to no additional components. It comes in an 8BGA package: we can all agree it’s pretty small.
Some of the peculiar characteristics of this chip are that it has a DRDYn pin which goes low any time there is a new reading from the chip (so you can precisely time your requests) and that the sensor is located on the bottom of the IC, so that it’s not exposed to dust and other agents that may false the readings. Also, it has an integrated heater that can remove humidity from the sensor.

So I developed a very small breakout board for this chip as well as an Arduino library (yay, my first one! raspberryPi and nodemcu might come next).


HDC1000 temperature and humidity sensor breakout, with Arduino library! - [Link]

10 Feb 2015


Chris Holden of Nerd Club has build a temperature controller with a simple menu system:

After what seems to have been a very long time, it was nice to poke more wires into a breadboard and make something actually useful for a while! Here’s a simple temperature monitor for our injection moulding heater block. It uses three buttons for setting the parameters and some pretty dodgy-looking routines to detect “short” and “long” presses.


Temperature controller for K-type thermistor and MAX6675 - [Link]

29 Jan 2015


Silicon Labs introduced a new family of high-precision temperature sensors offering industry-leading power efficiency. Silicon Labs’ ultra-low-power Si705x temperature sensors consume only 195 nA (typical average current) when sampled once per second, which minimizes self-heating and enables multi-year coin cell battery operation. Unlike traditional digital temperature sensors, the Si705x devices maintain their accuracy across the full operating temperature and voltage ranges and offer four accuracy levels up to +/-0.3 °C. The sensors are ideal for HVAC, white goods, computer equipment, asset tracking, cold chain storage, industrial control and medical equipment. AEC-Q100-qualified versions are also available for automotive applications.

Traditional approaches to temperature sensing that use thermistors or embedded MCU temperature sensors suffer from poor accuracy and higher power consumption. Although improved accuracy can be achieved through end-of-line calibration, this technique presents additional manufacturing costs and challenges while accuracy is still susceptible to variations in power supply voltage. In contrast, the Si705x sensors’ patented signal processing technology provides stable temperature accuracy over the entire operating voltage and temperature ranges without the need for costly end-of-line production calibration. In addition, the integrated low-power analog design delivers an optimal price/performance solution with up to 35 times better power efficiency than competing temperature sensor products.

New Vishay Intertechnology IHLP® Inductors in 2020 Case Size Offer High-Temperature Operation to +155 °C - [Link]

27 Jan 2015


The HDC1008 is a digital humidity sensor with integrated temperature sensor that provides excellent measurement accuracy at very low power. The device measures humidity based on a novel capacitive sensor. The humidity and temperature sensors are factory calibrated. The innovative WLCSP (Wafer Level Chip Scale Package) simplifies board design with the use of an ultra-compact package. The sensing element of the HDC1008 is placed on the bottom part of the device, which makes the HDC1008 more robust against dirt, dust, and other environmental contaminants. The HDC1008 is functional within the full –40°C to +125°C

HDC1008 – Integrated Low Power Digital Humidity Sensor with Integrated Temperature Sensor - [Link]

19 Jan 2015


by Joe @ hobbyelectronics.net:

This project was built to monitor the temperature of one of our computer rooms at work that has rather temperamental air-conditioning. The maximum temperature can be set, and if this is exceeded an alarm is activated.The unit gives a continuous display of current temperature and it’s possible for the constructor to change the device program firmware or display board.

LED display Over Temperature Alarm - [Link]

10 Jan 2015


by Husham Samir @ instructables.com:

A temperature data logger, is a portable measurement device that is able to recording temperature over a defined period of time automatically. The data can be retrieved and viewed after it has been recorded. In this device the temperature will record every one minutes in CSV file.

Temperature Data Logger - [Link]





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