3. Working with sensors

We’ve figured out our Particle board and worked with some basic outputs (LEDs), now it’s time to turn our attention to sensors.

Sensors allow us to convert environmental considitions to electicity which our Particle board. They let us know the world around our board - reading light levels, noise, temperature and even gas particles in the air!

In this section, we’re going to exlore how to get useful information from the world around our board through this wonderful things!

Components you will need

  • Particle Microcontroller

  • Breadboard

  • Jumper Wires

  • A 1kΩ Resistor

  • A Photoresistor

  • A PIR Sensor

  • A Temperature Sensor

  • Optional: A Force Sensitive Resistor (FSR).

Some background

Step By Step

Follow these primers for working with different types of sensors:

In your Maker Kit

  1. Tutorial: Using a photoresistor
  2. Tutorial: Using a DS18B20 Temperature Sensor

In the Lab

  1. Tutorial: Using a FSR
  2. Tutorial: Using a TMP36 Temperature Sensor