Dave Prochnow over on the Popular Science website has published details on how to create your very own home smart sensor, using a Raspberry Pi mini PC and the Arduino platform. Together with a few sensors to monitor the environment within your home.
Using an Arduino Pro Mini 328 and Pi together with a variety of different sensors including motion, humidity, temperature, sound and light. The small hardware package is capable of providing a wealth of data regards the environment where you are living in and can also be used to trigger other projects.
The home smart sensor can be created in just over two hours and costs $95 to build from scratch. Its creator Prochnow explains a little more :
Wearable technology does a fine job of keeping tabs on your personal fitness. But to measure the health of the place where you live, you need a different tool. This device monitors the temperature, humidity, noise, and light level for any room.
It can even track the number of people who enter. Within the casing, a collection of sensors sends information to an Arduino, which interprets the input and displays the data on a small screen. Based on the device’s readings, you can turn on a dehumidifier, lower the thermostat, or crack open a window—whatever it takes to keep your home environment comfortable.
For full instructions jump over to the Popular Science website via the link below. For more details on Raspberry Pi displays and HATS jump over to our essential guide. You might also be interested in building an Arduino wind speed meter which offers an easy way to start tracking the strength of the wind in your area in mph.
Source: Popular ScienceFiled Under: DIY Projects, Top News