Knowing what’s in the air you breathe is important – and building an environmental monitor is a way to visualize the invisible properties of the air you inhale.
This guide covers building a small, internet-enabled environmental monitor which can track a range of data, from temperature to UV-level to the amount of total-volatile-organic-compounds currently present in the air.
Build it, place it in a location you’d like to monitor, and then view it from anywhere in the world using our Internet-of-Things platform – Adafruit IO.
The best part? This project can be performed with Arduino or CircuitPython. We have full build and code instructions for the Raspberry Pi and Arduino-compatibles.
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