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Still alive...

More to come in the next weeks... ;) Just want to say that I am still alive and am working on cool stuff...

Sorry for trouble with this website in the past month. My site generator was broken after an OS update and then this site was also broken. I have fixed it now and all content should be available like before. I fyou find broken links i would love it if you report them to me so i can fix them...

Images are still not shown in blog posts but you can click on the the "alt" link to see them... I will fix that ASAP... ;)

UPDATE: Images and Photos are back in the blog posts...

Arduino Water Sensor for Houseplants

This is just a very minimal example on how to use these kind of sensors. I just read a value from an analog pin every 2 seconds and print it out to serial.

These sensors are available very cheap online and are easy to use... So, now my plants go online... :)

water sensor houseplants arduino

My code:

const int analogIn = A0;

int sensorValue = 0;

void setup() {
  Serial.begin(9600);
}

void loop() {
  sensorValue = analogRead(analogIn);
  Serial.print("Sensor: ");
  Serial.println(sensorValue);
  delay(2000);
}

And now to something completely... Need to learn how to add a ground plane in Eagle... ;)

Arduino 3.3V BMP180 I²C Pressure Sensor

I got a BMP180 pressure sensor today and gave it try. It was very easy to get it running using some free libraries from the web.

bmp180 arduino

Don't wonder about the fat green socket where the BMP180 is inserted. I use this normally for attaching IC's to my breadboard and making them easily removeable without breaking stuff. IC's could sometimes be hard to remove from a breadboard, especially when the breadboard is unused... ;)

Since the BMP180 is an I²C device it ist very easy to connect it to the Arduino. Just be sure to add pull-up resistors to SCL and SDA. I am using 1K resistors and everything works fine.

Also be sure what kind of breakout board you have. I am using a very cheap model without voltage regulation so mine needs to be driven by a 3.3 Volt Arduino. If you want to drive this with a 5 Volt Arduino you will need to make use of a logic level converter. There are very nice breakout boards available with voltage regulation on-board! Take a look at the link below.

My code:

#include <Wire.h>
#include <Adafruit_Sensor.h>
#include <Adafruit_BMP085_U.h>

Adafruit_BMP085_Unified bmp = Adafruit_BMP085_Unified(10085);

void setup(void) {
  Serial.begin(9600);
  Serial.println("Arduino BMP180 Pressure Sensor");
  Serial.println("");
  bmp.begin();
}

void loop(void) {
  sensors_event_t event;
  bmp.getEvent(&event);
  if (event.pressure)
  {
    Serial.print("Pressure: ");
    Serial.print(event.pressure);
    Serial.println(" hPa");
  }
  else
  {
    Serial.println("Sensor error");
  }
  delay(1000);
}

Links:

Arduino PCF8575 8xLED LM35 Thermometer

pcf8575 arduino led thermometer lm35

My code:

#include <Wire.h>

// Set I2C address
int address = 0x20;

int samples = 2;
int collectDelay = 1000;
int ledPin = 13;
int tempPin = 0;

float tempC = 0;

void setup() {
  pinMode(ledPin, OUTPUT);
  Wire.begin();
  pf575_write(word(B11111111,B11111111));
  delay(200);
  pf575_write(word(B00000000,B11111111));
  delay(200);
  pf575_write(word(B11111111,B11111111));
  delay(200);
  pf575_write(word(B00000000,B11111111));
  delay(200);
  pf575_write(word(B11111111,B11111111));
  delay(1000);
} 

void loop() {
  tempC = 0;
  for(int i = 0; i <= (samples - 1); i++) {
    tempC = tempC + ((5.0 * analogRead(tempPin) * 100.0) / 1024.0);
    digitalWrite(ledPin, HIGH);
    delay((collectDelay / 2));
    digitalWrite(ledPin, LOW);
    delay((collectDelay / 2));
  }
  tempC = tempC / (float)samples;
  if(tempC > 21) {
    pf575_write(word(B11111110,B11111111));
  }
  if(tempC > 23) {
    pf575_write(word(B11111100,B11111111));
  }
  if(tempC > 25) {
    pf575_write(word(B11111000,B11111111));
  }
  if(tempC > 27) {
    pf575_write(word(B11110000,B11111111));
  }
  if(tempC > 29) {
    pf575_write(word(B11100000,B11111111));
  }
  if(tempC > 31) {
    pf575_write(word(B11000000,B11111111));
  }
  if(tempC > 33) {
    pf575_write(word(B10000000,B11111111));
  }
  if(tempC > 35) {
    pf575_write(word(B00000000,B11111111));
  }
} 

void pf575_write(uint16_t data) {
  Wire.beginTransmission(address);
  Wire.write(highByte(data));
  Wire.write(lowByte(data));
  Wire.endTransmission();
}

Arduino PF575 I²C I/O port expander blink example

I got some TI PCF8575 I²C I/O expander devices some years ago and never gave them a try. Yesterday I did... In the title they are named PF575, this is because this is what is printed on the device.

I wrote code for making a LED blink using the I/O expander as simple as possible.

Here you see my setup on a breadboard. On the left is the LED connected via a PNP transistor for voltage control.

pcf8575 arduino breadboard

I only had 24-SSOP packages so I needed to solder the PCF8575 to a DIP adapter for making it breadboard friendly.

pcf8575

My code:

#include <Wire.h>

/** 
 *  Arduino PF575/PCF8575 I2C I/O port exapander LED blink example
 *  
 *  Setup:
 *  
 *  1. Connect A0, A1 and A2 to GND to set the address to 0x20.
 *  2. Connect SDL and SCL to the Arduino's I2C bus.
 *  3. Connect a LED to the P0 port of the I2C exapander.
 *     In my setup I am using a PNP Transistor connected to 5V unsing 
 *     an resistor, the LED and the Arduino to make sure the LED gets
 *     a current from Vcc and not from the I2C exapander port.
 *  
 *  This code is trying to explain how it works as simple as possible.
 *  More detailed examples are found on the web. Search for pcf8575 and
 *  you will find what you want.
*/

// Set I2C address
int address = 0x20;

void setup(){ 
  Wire.begin();
  // Set all ports as output
  pf575_write(word(B11111111,B11111111));
} 

void loop(){
  // Set port P0 on
  pf575_write(word(B00000000,B00000001));
  delay(1000);
  // Set port P0 off
  pf575_write(word(B00000000,B00000000));
  delay(1000);
} 

// Function for writing two Bytes to the I2C expander device
void pf575_write(uint16_t data) {
  Wire.beginTransmission(address);
  Wire.write(lowByte(data));
  Wire.write(highByte(data));
  Wire.endTransmission();
}

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