I just finished developing my USB temperature logger and shot a video showing how it works. Here are the key figures:
Up to two months of logging with a single coin cell battery.
30 000 timestamped temperature measurements.
Logging period from every 5 seconds to every 24 hours.
0.5°C accuracy, 0.06°C resolution.
No driver, no software and no admin rights needed!
Compatible with any computer with USB port.
Automatic time synchronization with the computer.
Low cost design.
When plugged to a computer’s USB port, the logger appears as a normal USB drive. The temperature logging period is changed by editing a config.txt file. When this file is saved, the logger reads the periodicity (in seconds), synchronizes its clock to the computer’s date and time and starts to flash the LED to indicate it’s ready to log. Once removed from USB, the logging is started by pushing the button (the LED blinks three times). For every temperature measurement, the LED flashes.
Please note that this item does not come with an Arduino (you’ll need one to use with the shield), or an SD card. It does come with the RTC battery, however. The kit is un-assembled, You’ll need some basic soldering skills to put it together, but even if you don’t have much experience you can get it done in under 1 hour.
SD card interface works with FAT16 or FAT32 formatted cards. 3.3v level shifter circuitry prevents damage to your SD card
Real time clock (RTC) keeps the time going even when the Arduino is unplugged. The battery backup lasts for years
Included libraries and example code for both SD and RTC mean you can get going quickly
Prototyping area for soldering connectors, circuitry or sensors.
Onboard 3.3v regulator is both a reliable reference voltage and also reliably runs SD cards that require a lot of power to run
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I was sitting on my porch just today thinking that it would be nice to have some little throwable sunlight monitors that would log the amount of sunlight a particular spot in the flower bed gets throughout a 24 hour period. When I say “throwable”, I mean that it should be small and cheap so I could easily make a half dozen or so to create a map of sunlight in my yard to aid in plant selection.