Tag Archives: Sensor

Arduino dust sensor


Shadowandy’s Arduino-based Dust Sensor project:

Put together a dust sensor using Arduino Mega 2560, Shinyei PPD42NS dust sensor and LCD shield.

The codes and wiring instructions for Arduino Mega 2560 and Shinyei PPD42NS is as follow. However, I did include Serial output so you can view the sampling results using Arduino IDE’s Serial Monitor (9600 bauds).

Arduino dust sensor – [Link]

Environmental Alert System


by Aleator777:

What’s that smell? It’s noxious gas of course! If you’re in an environment where there’s a possibility of gaseous release of which you’d rather not breathe, why not build an automatic system for sensing and alerting you? The design for the Environmental Alert System is driven by my motivation to understand the concentrations of different chemicals in the air. The unit consists of an array of four gas sensors (one each for methane, propane, carbon monoxide, and smoke) connected to an Intel Edison for wireless detection and alerting. While no substitute for a proper commercial chemical detection system, the EAS makes for a great weekend project!

Environmental Alert System – [Link]

Compost Sensor


by kinasmith @ instructables.com:

This is a tutorial on building a Compost Temperature monitoring system. It details how to build a web connected wireless sensor network and shows one possible way it could be constructed.

A Medium level of knowledge and skills are required. Basic knowledge of soldering and breadboarding will be very useful. I will assume that you know enough Arduino code to understand what a Function is, how a Library is useful, and why Serial Communication is important. And you will need to know enough electronics to understand what I mean with terms like Voltage, Current, Resistance, etc. A (very) basic knowledge of how radio works would also be useful for understanding the concepts, but not essential for following along. This is not advanced by any means and I will attempt to always reference materials that will cover these concepts in greater detail.

Compost Sensor – [Link]

Helicopter Temperature Logger


Rui JC writes:

This circuit is a small “on-board” temperature recorder for RC models.

For those who practice this hobby know that the engine temperature is very important, not only for performance but also to ensure the smooth operation and durability of the engine.

It records the motor temperature of my helicopter in flight 2 times per second and stores it in memory.

Helicopter Temperature Logger – [Link]

How to use MQ2 Gas Sensor – Arduino Tutorial


by codebender_cc @ instructables.com:

The MQ series of gas sensors use a small heater inside with an electro-chemical sensor. They are sensitive for a range of gasses and are used indoors at room temperature. The output is an analog signal and can be read with an analog input of the Arduino.

The MQ-2 Gas Sensor module is useful for gas leakage detecting in home and industry. It can detect LPG, i-butane, propane, methane ,alcohol, hydrogen and smoke.

Some modules have a built-in variable resistor to adjust the sensitivity of the sensor.

How to use MQ2 Gas Sensor – Arduino Tutorial – [Link]

iProtoXi Aistin: Multi-Modular Sensor Platform


Aistin is the product family for creative Internet-of-Things experiences, with Arduino conformance.

The Internet of Things has a different meaning for different people. For some, it means monitoring room temperatures from a mobile phone, whereas for other, it is controlling garden lighting from a laptop computer. For sports-minded people, it might mean logging their heart rate in real-time to a cloud service. Is there a common denominator between this wide range of different applications?

Our answer is Aistin. Instead of functionally limited ready-made IoT-sets, or flexible but unpractical self-wired desktop hassles, we wanted to inspire people to create new mobile products by providing the best that can be achieved with current technology:

iProtoXi Aistin: Multi-Modular Sensor Platform – [Link]

Arduino Thermometer With LM35


by PowerBot @ instructables.com:

Hello, everyone !!! Today I’m going to show you how to make thermometer with Arduino and LM35 termperature sensor, builded on bread board and conected together with jumpers (bunch of cables :D).

Arduino Thermometer With LM35 – [Link]

Smart Plug with Esp8266, Attiny 85 & PIR Sensor


by Armtronix:

The Wifi Arduino 85 is a small board with ESP8266 -01 module, Attiny85 micro controller and a relay. It Also has and additional header for connecting an external relay or to connect sensors like PIR, IR etc depending on your application. If you are a tinkerer you will also be able to connect a HC-05/06 Bluetooth module and convert this board to a Bluetooth Arduino 85 board.

Smart Plug with Esp8266, Attiny 85 & PIR Sensor – [Link]

Emon-server – 555 Timer as power usage sensor


by dkroeske @ github.com:

A cheap 555 timer chip acting as Schmitt trigger combined with a phototransistor or LDR is taped to the ‘flashing light’ or ‘pulsing magnet’ on the electricity meter. The output of the 555 timer chip is connected to one of the GPIO pins on the Raspberry Pi. A Python script (executing in the background) recording 555 events is calculating actual energy usage [e.g. Watt] every time the 555 is signaling and stores epochs in an SQLite3 database. From this, another Python script (executed from e.g. cron) generates all kinds of energy usage information (e.g. kWh or kWday or whatever). Using Node.js (running on the same Pi) all data is ‘RESTified’ enabling spreading out to the W3. To maintain privacy JSON web tokens are required every time the service is queried. Oh, and there is also a Pimatic plugin available (here)

Emon-server – 555 Timer as power usage sensor – [Link]