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1 Dec 2014


RTC or real-time clock is a kind of computer clock for keeping track of the recent or most current time. Commonly, RTCs are present in almost all or any device, which are electronic in nature that needs to keep time accurate. Meanwhile, temperature sensors are devices that gather data concerning the temperature from a source and convert it to a form that can be understood either by an observer or another device. These sensors can be in various forms and are used for a wide variety of purposes, from simple home use to extremely accurate and precise scientific use. They play a very important role almost everywhere that they are applied; knowing the temperature helps people to pick their clothing before a walk outside just as it helps chemists to understand the data collected from a complex chemical reaction.

The circuit uses a PCA8565 CMOS real time clock and calendar optimized for low power consumption. A programmable clock output, interrupt output and voltage-low detector are also provided. All address and data are transferred serially via a two-line bidirectional I2C-bus with a maximum bus speed of 400kbit/s. The built-in word address register is incremented automatically after each written or read data byte. It also includes a MCP9801 digital temperature sensor capable of reading temperatures from -55°C to +125°C. Temperature data is measured from an integrated temperature sensor and converted to digital word with a user selectable 9 to 12 bit Sigma Delta Analog to Digital Converter. The MCP9801 notifies the host controller when the ambient temperature exceeds a user programmed set point. The ALERT output is programmable as either a simple comparator for thermostat operation or as a temperature event interrupts. Communication with the sensor is accomplished via a two-wire bus that is compatible with industry standard protocols. This permits reading the current temperature, programming the set point and hysteresis and configuring the device. Address selection inputs allow up to eight MCP9801 sensors to share the same two-wire bus for multizone monitoring. Small physical size, low installed cost and ease of use make the MCP9801 an ideal choice for implementing sophisticated temperature system management schemes in a variety of applications.

The board is basically a carrier for the two IC’s that make up the Real Time Clock (RTC), PCA8565 and the Digital Temperature Sensor, MCP9801. It conveniently combines the two for applications that require RTC and temperature sensing. A particularly useful feature of this RTC is that it can detect power down and record the time at that event. This is ideal for connecting to a microcontroller that does not have an RTC.

I2C Temperature Sensor & Real Time Clock – [Link]

28 Nov 2014


by elektor.com:

Linear Technology Corporation has announced the LTC2983 high performance digital temperature measurement IC. The IC is a single chip solution to temperature sensor interfacing; it has 20 input channels for sensor connection and each input can be assigned the characteristics appropriate to the sensor used. This includes 8 standard thermocouple types, 8 RTDs, 8 thermister profiles and an external diode; if you are using a custom sensor you can also specify a custom table.

In addition to the impressive sensor capability the IC measures temperature with an accuracy of 0.1°C and a resolution of 0.001°C. The LTC2983 allows direct interfacing to ground referenced sensors without the need for level shifters, negative supply voltages, or external amplifiers. All signals are buffered and simultaneously digitized with three high-accuracy, 24-bit ΔΣ ADC’s, driven by an internal 10 ppm/°C (maximum) reference.

High Accuracy Universal Temperature Sensor IC – [Link]

27 Nov 2014


by df99 @ instructables.com:

This is an OLED clock I built using an Arduino Micro, a tiny OLED 128×64 display using the SSD1306 controller and I2C interface, and a precision DS3231-based real-time clock module with rechargeable battery backup. It features a menu system for setting the RTC (no serial port or USB required)

DS3231 OLED clock with 2-button menu setting and temperature display – [Link]

27 Nov 2014


by willseph @ imgur.com:

The web interface allows me to change the settings on my thermostat remotely, such as the set temperature range compressor and fan modes, as well as view any warning messages that may be reported.

It’s not exactly beautiful, but I’m a function-over-fashion person. The Raspberry Pi is in the middle, white power cable running down and a GPIO rainbow ribbon cord heading up to the relay module under the real thermostat.

Homemade Raspberry Pi smart thermostat – [Link]

13 Nov 2014


by ti.com:

TI’s new HDC1000 integrated humidity and temperature sensor provides high accuracy and low power in a small, dust-resistant package.

Designers of building control equipment can implement accurate, energy-saving climate control in small spaces, while designers of home appliances and consumer goods can easily add humidity-sensing capabilities to their products.

High accuracy, low power

The HDC1000 consumes only 1.2 µA average current when measuring relative humidity and temperature at 11-bit resolution, once per second, extending battery life in remote applications.

HDC1000 – Low Power, High Accuracy Humidity Sensor with Integrated Digital Temperature Sensor – [Link]

7 Nov 2014


Colin over at CuPID Controls writes:

We want to put our remote sense and control modules out into the wild and read and aggregate them as it makes sense.
Our basic system layout is as below. We’ve got multiple wireless nodes that broadcast data periodically, and a controller/aggregator that will log this data, acknowledge receipt, and do something useful with it. Eventually, we may have intermediate powered nodes that serve to mesh the grid out, but for now, our nodes just send data to the controller.
We’re currently using these awesome little RF units, called Moteinos. They are an Arduino clone that can use the standard IDE with their bootloader. They’ve got the ever-so-popular ATMega328P chip that is familiar to anybody working with an Arduino Nano or Uno.


Adventures in Moteino: Remote temperature monitor – [Link]

27 Oct 2014


by appleman123987 @ instructables.com:

The planterbot is a plant monitoring robot. It uses capacitance for sensing moisture from the plant instead of using the usual soil probe, this means that wires don’t go into the plant. It also detects temperature and light using thermistors and Cds photocells and displays the temperature and light graphically on the front facing LCD.

Planterbot – The Plant Monitoring Robot – [Link]

13 Sep 2014

Charles Edward Pax has announced that the T400 temperature datalogger is now being offered on Kickstarter!

The Pax Instruments T400 datalogger is an open source four-channel thermocouple temperature datalogger based on the Arduino™ Leonardo platform. It is ready to use out of the box with the features you want most. Measurements can be logged to MicoSD card, printed to serial port, and graphed. The T400 is a great tool for anything from live thermal process monitoring in the lab to long-term environmental data collection in the field.


Data logger handles four thermocouples – [Link]

12 Sep 2014


by elektor.com:

What could you make with a key fob containing a Bluetooth (BCM20737S) Smart chip, gyroscope, accelerometer, compass, barometer and humidity/temperature sensors? Broadcom are hoping their WICED (pronounced wicked) Sense kit will make an ideal development platform for engineers and developers working on the next generation of IoT applications. Together with the hardware Broadcom have an integrated Software Development Kit (SDK) using the WICED Smart SDK v2.1 and a downloadable WICED Sense app from the Apple App store or from Google Play for Android devices to allow interaction with the fob via a smartphone or tablet etc.

Something Wicked this Way Comes – [Link]

6 Sep 2014


by BrittLiv @ instructables.com:

Heating things up is one of the most performed tasks in a lab. Quite a lot of times it is not enough to simply hold something at a certain temperature, but the rate at which something is heated and for how long is just as important. Especially when you try to develop catalysts for chemical processes, the temperature program and exact temperature control is crucial and you probably do not want to stay in the lab for 16 hours to manually adapt your temperature program. Unfortunately, programmable temperature controllers that can automate processes are really expensive. So I decided to build a highly customizable controller that is able to run temperature ramps and read multiple different temperature programs from a SD card. It also provides a logging function on the SD card that allows you to evaluate the resulting temperature profile after running a program.

Programmable Temperature Controller + Hot Plate – [Link]





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