Product of the week: Enviro for Raspberry Pi
In this episode of "Product of the Week," everybody's favorite Gadget Guru Robin Mitchell introduces the Enviro indoor monitor for the Raspberry Pi from Pimoroni. The Enviro is a small environmental monitoring development board that attaches to a Raspberry Pi for projects that need to sense the surrounding environment.
The board is jam-packed with environmental sensors, including:
- BME280 temperature, pressure, humidity sensor (datasheet)
- LTR-559 light and proximity sensor (datasheet)
- MEMS microphone (datasheet)
- 0.96" colour LCD (160x80)
- Pimoroni breakout-compatible pin header
- pHAT-format board
- Compatible with all 40-pin header Raspberry Pi models
- Python library
- Dimensions: 65x30x8.5mm
The Enviro + Air Quality version of this board also integrates an additional MICS 6814 gas sensor which can be used for monitoring volatile compounds. Please bear in mind that this board is designed for indoor use only not outdoor use!
The Enviro board is exceptionally useful in applications where space and weight are a virtue, and its small form factor makes it highly portable. The 40-pin GPIO header means that it can be connected to your Pi in a matter of seconds.
The ability to measure temperature, humidity, pressure, and volatile compounds can be excellent indicators of air quality. This could be tied to an IoT server or other device for controlling AC heating and even windows that try to provide the healthiest environment possible.
Moreover, this board can even be used as a security device to watch over valuables from Shady individuals! The Enviro board can be used with a Pi to detect if someone is lurking around with a torch and either triggers an alarm or even better, send a message to your phone. The four mounting holes are present on the outside of the PCB for securing to external places, but most likely, you will be sticking this board straight to the Raspberry Pi.
The Enviro board is tailor-made for indoor monitoring, allowing you to effortlessly keep tabs on the temperature, humidity, light, and noise levels in your home. With an integrated LCD display for easy data visualization and a proximity sensor for user interaction, it's the perfect headless monitoring solution.
Why not take things up a notch and integrate some IoT functionality, like an Alexa skill that enables you to inquire about the current temperature or humidity? Alternatively, set up an IFTTT trigger that activates your Philips Hue lights whenever the ambient light level drops below a predefined threshold. The possibilities are virtually endless!
In conclusion, the Enviro board is an excellent environmental monitoring development kit that can be used for more than just air quality. Many sensors allow this board to be used in IoT and security-related projects. The small size makes it highly portable, and the 40-pin GPIO header means that it can be connected to your Pi in a matter of seconds. If you want to know how far your air is or now live in fear over the idea of someone stealing your precious Pi boards, head over to the Electromaker store, where you can grab yourself an Enviro board today.
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