Raspberry Pi enthusiasts, hobbyists and makers searching for inspiration for a new project to keep them busy, may be interested in this awesome new Raspberry Pi Geiger counter created by Hackster.io member Chrono. The aptly named PiGI takes the form of an open-source, plug and play modification for the Raspberry Pi Zero mini PC, which transforms it into a cheap and hackable Internet of Things geiger counter.
“The PiGI is designed & built as a simple open-source plug and play module for the Raspberry Pi, to transform it into a cheap and hackable multi purpose IoT geiger counter. It generates the necessary high voltage (up to 1000V) the GM tubes require to operate (typically 400-600V for beta/gamma GMTs).”
Features of the Raspberry Pi Geiger counter include :
– Efficient design – very low energy consumption – supplied by the Pi
– Simple circuit / Low BOM count
– Simple layout for easy hand-soldering (even for SMT beginners)
– Dual layer (top/bottom) only 3 vias – for easy DIY replication
– Very cheap design (Prototype costs per Module: <EUR15)
– Dual stackable for low/high dosis counting with 2 tubes
– Micro controller input protection (impulse inverter)
– Free & Open licencing: CERN OHL 1.1
– Plug and Play for Raspberry Pi
– Works with every uC with interrupts
For the full project and build instructions jump over to the official Hackster.io website by following the link below.
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