No special technical skills are required for this project. A screwdriver and a side cutter are required to connect the sensor cables.
The result of this project is a fully functional but open plug-in board with two wired temperature sensors and a display for displaying the measurement data. The sensors are suitable to measure the temperature of liquids, air or e.g. in the ground. The components are supplied with power via micro USB connection and can be configured and used via the Sense App.
Take the broadboard and bridge as shown and put the bridge on the red marked skirting boards. Please make sure that the USB port of the bridge is pointing downwards. The bridge must then be plugged into the pins labeled as follows:
– Left pin header: a: 16 to 30
– Right pin header: h: 16 to 30
In this step, the screw terminal (in which the sensor cables are later screwed on) is connected to the plug-in board. The 3 pins are plugged in to j: 8,10,12. Make sure that the opening for the cables is on the right side.
The resistor is a so-called pull-up resistor with a value between 3 and 10kOhm. This resistor is plugged between the positive supply voltage and the data cable of the sensor cable, i.e. g: 8 and g: 12, the alignment does not matter.
Now the display follows. The display must be aligned so that the pins are on the right. These are then plugged into the breadboard f: 4 to 7.
Here the display is connected to the bridge. This supplies the display with power and connects it to the data pins D2 and D1 (I2C Bus) of the bridge. For this a cable is plugged in as follows:
– h: 4 to j: 21 (corresponds to label 3.3V on bridge)
– h: 5 to j: 22 (corresponds to GND label on bridge)
– h: 6 on j: 17 (corresponds to label D1 on bridge)
– h: 7 on j: 18 (corresponds to label D2 on Bridge)
Here the screw terminal – which connects the sensors later on – is connected to the bridge. For this purpose a cable is plugged in as follows:
– h: 8 to i: 4 (corresponds to 3.3V on display)
– h: 10 to i: 5 (corresponds to GND on display)
– h: 12 on j: 20 (corresponds to label D4 on bridge)
In this manual, 2 sensor cables are connected in parallel. The wires of the two sensors of the same color are clamped into the respective terminal with a screwdriver. Make sure that you do not inadvertently clamp the coloured insulation, otherwise malfunctions may occur.
– j: 8 – Red cables (positive power supply for sensors)
– j: 10 – Black cables (ground for sensors)
– j: 12 – Yellow cable (data line of the sensors)
If your microcontroller (bridge) has not yet been loaded with the Sensate firmware, follow these instructions. Once this is done, the unit is fully functional and can now be used with the Sense App. Have fun!
To protect the components from dust and dirt, we recommend the installation in a plastic housing.