At Yoctopuce, we like raspberries. So we thought that we would have our own local production, with an automatic watering system controlled by our modules. To do so, we retrieved a raspberry bush from the garden and we planted it in a pot with sensors to monitor its health. The aim is to adjust the water dispensing based on the humidity of the soil. Unfortunately, it's too late in the season to have raspberries this Summer, but we are still going to tell you about the modules used to maintain the raspberry bush alive.
A few years ago, we demonstrated how to use a Yocto-milliVolt-Rx to measure DC current, by measuring the very low voltage at the terminals of a shunt resistor. More recently, we thought that it could be useful to extend this scenario to the measure of strong alternative currents using simple ring-shaped current transformers, like current clamps.
Infrared proximity sensors, such as the Yocto-Proximity, are an effective alternative to pressure switches in order to detect when an object has been placed at a given location. But for reliable and robust use, you must respect a few implementation rules, especially if you put a protective glass in front of the sensor.
MEMS inertial sensors used in products such as the Yocto-Inclinometer or the Yocto-3D-V2 can determine their orientation with regards to terrestrial gravity, like an electronic spirit level. It is tempting to use them to measure the orientation of moving objects, such as vehicles, but it's not as easy as we might hope. Here are some explanations on the difficulties one might expect, as a reminder of your kinematic physics courses...
A few years ago, we showed you how to integrate Yoctopuce sensors in a Grafana dashboard used with InfluxDB, which was a very common solution at the time. In the mean time, GrafanaLabs has set its sights on another time-series database, Prometheus, which offer many more possibilities to extract data than InfluxDB. We have therefore added to our modules the possibility to provide their data in a format directly recognized by Prometheus.
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