Thursday, October 2, 2014

Protect Your Outdoor Arduino Sensors

Outdoor Arduino projects, especially temperature, humidity, and barometric pressure, need access to outdoor environmental conditions, but protection from sunlight and rain. This is done with a louvered box called a Stevenson Screen or Cotton Region Shelter.
"A Stevenson screen or instrument shelter is an enclosure to shield meteorological instruments against precipitation and direct heat radiation from outside sources, while still allowing air to circulate freely around them. It forms part of a standard weather station. The Stevenson screen holds instruments that may include thermometers (ordinary, maximum/minimum), a hygrometer, a psychrometer, a dew-cell, a barometer and a thermograph. Stevenson screens may also be known as a cotton region shelter, an instrument shelter, a thermometer shelter, a thermoscreen or a thermometer screen. Its purpose is to provide a standardised environment ..." - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stevenson_screen
This is perfect for our outdoor Weather Station
Temperature, Humidity, Barometric Pressure, Dew Point, Wind Chill, and Heat Index Project 

Here's a DIY project so you can build your own outdoor Arduino Sensor Shelter!

http://www.instructables.com/id/Stevenson-Screen-weather-station/#step0


Wednesday, October 1, 2014

What's your favorite type of sensor?

Arduino's are great devices because they let us sense our environment around us. There are a great number of sensors available that can work with the arduino. Digital sensors allow us to sense whether something is on, or off, like a door switch. Analog sensors allow us to sense how much of something exists, like how much light, or pressure. Some sensors give us actual data streams, like a gps sensor, instead of simple on/off, or a varying voltage.

What are your favorite types of sensors?
What do you like to sense?
Give us feedback if we missed yours, or post links to the project you have personally made!


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