EnvStick USB Temperature Sensor using PIC12F683

The EnvStick is cheap, homemade temperature sensor that plugs into a USB port. It provides a simple way to collect a room’s ambient temperature. I made it for fun.

USB Temperature Sensor

EnvStick Features:
– Temp sensor (+/- .5 deg C)

– USB 2.0

Windows/Linux software

– Poll up to 100 times/minute– In-circuit programming– Only 11 components– Indicator LED

The EnvStick shows up as a serial port – a COM port on Windows boxes. Here you can see the typical output (on a program like Hyperterminal) – it waits a specified number of seconds, spits out a temperature reading, and starts waiting again. If you press “p”, you can set the number of seconds in between each temperature reading.

On the right are some of the initial EnvStick attempts. It took me a couple tries to get a board that worked without lots of manual “fixes”.

Schematic USB Temperature Sensor

Here’s the schematic. Click for a larger version.


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Ibrar Ayyub

I am an experienced technical writer with a Master's degree in computer science from BZU Multan University. I have written for various industries, mainly home automation, and engineering. I have a clear and simple writing style and am skilled in using infographics and diagrams. I am a great researcher and is able to present information in a well-organized and logical manner.

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