This sensor is powered with a mobile power bank and uploads its measurements through Bluetooth on your phone. You can move it around and measure in multiple locations. The sensor is based on PSoC (Programmable System-on-Chip) and costs ca. 50 EUR.
A printable version of this tutorial is available.
assemble the sensor
- Break off the programming tool
- Solder a 5-pin header to the programming tool.
- Use two M/M jumper wires to solder the USB board to the PSoC module
- Connect the sensor with three M/F jumper wires as shown:
- Sensor 5V to PSoC VDD
- Sensor GND to PSoC GND
- Sensor TXD to PSoC 1.4
Install the software
- Connect the programming tool to the PSoC and a computer. The location is marked as PROG on the board.
- Select the device and click ‘Program’.
- Disconnect and power the device using the power bank.
Measuring air quality
- Install the hackAIR app to your phone: http://www.hackair.eu/downloads
- Login or create an account, then go to Profile > Sensors > Add a new sensor.
- Give your sensor a name, add a location and set the sensor type to ‘hackAIR mobile’. Save.
- Select the menu in the top left corner and go to ‘Send hackAIR mobile measurements’. You might be prompted to switch on Bluetooth.
- Wait a moment while your sensor uploads measurements.
- You can see all your measurements when you go to your Profile > Sensors.