Introduction: How to Make a Magnetic Force Field Change Detector

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This is a very sensitive DIY magnetic force field change detector/sensor. Using HMC5883L magnetometer module with arduino nano. It also makes sound signals when the magnetic force field changes around the device.

Watch the video here:

Step 1: You Will Need

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  • 6 LEDs: 2 red, 2 green, 2 yellow
  • 1 prototype PCB (circuit board)
  • arduino nano (or micro / UNO)
  • HMC5883L magnetometer <---- $2 on ebay
  • some wire
  • some socket
  • 9V battery adapter (optional since you can power it from USB too)

Optional for sound signal:

  • potentiometer (change the sound signal or turn it off)
  • piezo speaker

Optional: level shifter (5V - 3.3V) I don't use this because it works fine for me without it. But be aware 5V may destroy your HMC5883L module!

Step 2:

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Solder up the legs of your arduino and your HMC5883L module.

Step 3: Attach the Leds and the Sockets on to the Board

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  • Attach the leds and the sockets on to the board
  • Try to follow my circuit design or use your own layout

My code uses Digital Pin: 5, 7, 8, 10, 11, 12 for signal the magnetic change strength

PIN 5, 7 ---> Red LEDs (Low strength)

PIN 8, 10 ---> Green LEDs (Medium strength)

PIN 11, 12 ---> Yellow LEDs (High strength)

I use digital PIN 6 for the optional sound signal

Step 4: HMC5883L Wiring

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Wire the HMC5883L module as above on the image!

SDA ---> A4

SCL ---> A5

VCC ---> 3.3V

GND ---> GND

Step 5: Potentiometer and Piezo Wiring (Optional)

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Wire the potentiometer and piezo with D6 pin as on the image above!

You can change the sound signal with the potentiometer or turn it off completely.

Step 6: Source Code and Libraries

You will need Wire.h and HMC5883L.h libraries in arduino IDE

You can find HMC5883L.h here:

https://github.com/jarzebski/Arduino-HMC5883L

Watch the video about the final device:

ARDUINO SOURCE CODE:


#include
#include

HMC5883L compass;

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

//LED pins pinMode (12, OUTPUT); pinMode (11, OUTPUT); pinMode (10, OUTPUT); pinMode (8, OUTPUT); pinMode (7, OUTPUT); pinMode (5, OUTPUT);

// sound pin pinMode (6, OUTPUT);

// Initialize HMC5883L Serial.println("Initialize HMC5883L"); while (!compass.begin()) { Serial.println("Could not find a valid HMC5883L sensor, check wiring!"); delay(500); }

// Set measurement range compass.setRange(HMC5883L_RANGE_1_3GA);

// Set measurement mode compass.setMeasurementMode(HMC5883L_CONTINOUS); // Set data rate compass.setDataRate(HMC5883L_DATARATE_15HZ);

// Set number of samples averaged compass.setSamples(HMC5883L_SAMPLES_8);

// starting intro

digitalWrite (5, HIGH); delay(50); digitalWrite (5, LOW); digitalWrite (7, HIGH); delay(50); digitalWrite (7, LOW); digitalWrite (8, HIGH); delay(50); digitalWrite (8, LOW); digitalWrite (10, HIGH); delay(50); digitalWrite (10, LOW); digitalWrite (11, HIGH); delay(50); digitalWrite (11, LOW); digitalWrite (12, HIGH); delay(50); digitalWrite (12, LOW); digitalWrite (11, HIGH); delay(50); digitalWrite (11, LOW); digitalWrite (10, HIGH); delay(50); digitalWrite (10, LOW); digitalWrite (8, HIGH); delay(50); digitalWrite (8, LOW); digitalWrite (7, HIGH); delay(50); digitalWrite (7, LOW); digitalWrite (5, HIGH); delay(50); digitalWrite (5, LOW);

analogWrite(6, 10); delay(50); analogWrite(6, 50); delay(50); analogWrite(6, 150); delay(50); analogWrite(6, 0);

}

int Xaxis; int Yaxis; int Zaxis; int sumAxis; int lastSumAxis;

void loop() { Vector raw = compass.readRaw(); Vector norm = compass.readNormalize();

Xaxis = norm.XAxis; Yaxis = norm.YAxis; Zaxis = norm.ZAxis;

Xaxis = (Xaxis / 1) * 1; Yaxis = (Yaxis / 1) * 1; Zaxis = (Zaxis / 1) * 1;

sumAxis = Xaxis + Yaxis + Zaxis;

if (lastSumAxis > sumAxis + 5 || lastSumAxis < sumAxis - 5) // when the Hall sensor detects a magnetic field, Arduino LED lights up { digitalWrite (5, HIGH); analogWrite(6, 110); } else { digitalWrite (5, LOW); analogWrite(6, 0); }

if (lastSumAxis > sumAxis + 10 || lastSumAxis < sumAxis - 10) // when the Hall sensor detects a magnetic field, Arduino LED lights up { digitalWrite (7, HIGH); } else { digitalWrite (7, LOW); }

if (lastSumAxis > sumAxis + 20 || lastSumAxis < sumAxis - 20) // when the Hall sensor detects a magnetic field, Arduino LED lights up { digitalWrite (8, HIGH); } else { digitalWrite (8, LOW); }

if (lastSumAxis > sumAxis + 40 || lastSumAxis < sumAxis - 40) // when the Hall sensor detects a magnetic field, Arduino LED lights up { digitalWrite (10, HIGH); } else { digitalWrite (10, LOW); }

if (lastSumAxis > sumAxis + 80 || lastSumAxis < sumAxis - 80) // when the Hall sensor detects a magnetic field, Arduino LED lights up { digitalWrite (11, HIGH); } else { digitalWrite (11, LOW); }

if (lastSumAxis > sumAxis + 160 || lastSumAxis < sumAxis - 160) // when the Hall sensor detects a magnetic field, Arduino LED lights up { digitalWrite (12, HIGH); } else { digitalWrite (12, LOW); }

Serial.print(" Sum Axis = "); Serial.print(sumAxis); Serial.println(); lastSumAxis = sumAxis;

delay(20); }

Comments

Jedi2016 (author)2016-11-04

Hello, I've tried this tested, but not working leds are on and I already put some wire.h and hmc5883l.h and copy your code. Nothing happened. I have hmc5883L compress tested working fine. Hope you can help me sort it out?

BoboTheEpic (author)2016-09-30

Very interesting project, looks like it's pretty damn sensitive too!

Trask River Productions (author)2016-09-30

Pretty cool!

seamster (author)2016-09-29

Very cool, and pretty straightforward too. Nicely done :)

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