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Here are the instructions to build a simple termperature logger using a $5.00 I2C temperature sensor.  The data is stored to the SD card and can be easily imported into excel.  Simply by changing or adding other sensors other types of data can also be collected.

The following components are used for this project:
Raspberry Pi (single board computer)
Temperature Sensor (SF-SEN-09418) 
Solderless Breadboard
Hookup Wires

The Zagros Raspberry Pi starter kit also includes everything needed for this project except the temperature sensor!
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Step 1: Wire up the Temperature Sensor

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Make the following connections to the Raspberry Pi GPIO port.  The ADD0 connection to ground determines the device I2C address.  More than one sensor can be connected to the I2C bus, but they must each have a unique address.

              Sensor             RPi GPIO
                VCC                 +3.3V
                SDA                  SDA

                 SCL                  SCL
                GND                 GND

                ADD0               GND                  (note this sets the I2C device address)

                 ALT                 N/C


Step 2: Enable the I2C Bus

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First the I2C bus must be enabled.  By default the bus is disabled.  To do this, edit the configuration file /etc/modprobe.d/raspi-blacklist.conf

Use the command:

sudo nano /etc/modprobe.d/raspi-blacklist.conf

Now change the file contents from:

# blacklist spi and i2c by default (many users don't need them)

blacklist spi-bcm2708
blacklist i2c-bcm2708

To this:

# blacklist spi and i2c by default (many users don't need them)

blacklist spi-bcm2708
#blacklist i2c-bcm2708

Step 3: Set I2C Module to Load at Boot

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The I2C module should be set to load when the Raspberry Pi starts up.  Do this by editing the /etc/modules file.

The following command can be used to edit this file:

sudo nano /etc/modules

Add the following line to the end of the file:


firermans932 months ago

excuse me sir if i used thermocouple type k ,can it work using your method?? please reply as soon as possible.thx :D

cartiman3 months ago

How to set time, date and timezone in raspberry pi without RTC.

date in my raspberry pi is default, not date now

AoiRegion4 months ago

Thanks a very awesome tutorial, ZRob314
Could you show us how to write your logger record to online SQL database like in Windows Azure's Management Portal?

dnicol16 months ago
Hey i am also in Toronto. Very cool projects you have. Would you be i nterested In a paid project? Need something done right away.