The project described here is a simple weather station that measures air temperature, humidity, and surface temperature of the ground below the weather station.
Practical concepts covered are:
- Powering your Phidget
- Battery power
- Solar power
Using the SBC
- Using analog sensors
- Using LEDs
- Using USB sensors
- Recording samples at a certain time
- Writing to a text file
- Writing to a removable USB key
- Using the SBC cron scheduler
- Using Phidgets with Python
- Weather resistance
- General planning and assembly
A project of this magnitude requires a time investment in addition to a monetary investment. Designing projects like these is hard but the reward is deep - and very real. A full, functional outdoor sensor system that you can build to whatever specifications you like... ask any hobbyist and you may see their eyes light up remembering their latest project. Building such things is a special kind of freedom!
A remote station project can monitor and log weather and other environmental conditions using Phidgets.
In this Instructable, I'll describe the steps to get you started.
We start with all of the pieces (the Phidgets, the power supply, the main structure, and the code) and then put it all together at the end.