Diy An Infrared Thermometer For Covid-19 With Micropython

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About the project

Let's DIY an Infrared thermometer for COVID-19 with MakePython ESP32: it can measure the temperature automatically, and uploaded the data onto the Internet.

Items used in this project

Hardware components

MakePython ESP32 MakePython ESP32 x 1
MLX90614 MLX90614 x 1


A quick update of Coronavirus: In the past few weeks, the COVID-19 has a global spread, more than 159,6000 confirmed cases worldwide(till 2020.04.10). This is a serious public health incident, I think everyone's life has been affected to varying degrees. But what we should do is to try our best to prevent the virus from spreading, everyone's effort would make sense. We will eventually defeat the virus.

Due to the outbreak of Coronavirus Disease(COVID-19), the HR of Makerfabs need to measure and register the temperature of each employee by hand. This is a tedious and time-consuming task for HR. So I did this project to DIY an infrared thermometer for COVID-19 with MakePython ESP32: the employees just need to press the button, this instrument will measure the temperature automatically, then uploaded the data onto the Internet, and HR could go online and check everyone's temperature at any time.

Step 1: Supplies


  • MakePython ESP32
  • MLX90614
  • Button
  • Battery
  • Breadboard

MakePython ESP32 is an ESP32 board with an integrated SSD1306 OLED display, you can get it from this link:


  • uPyCraft V1.1

Click this link to download uPyCraft IDE for Windows:

Step 2: Wiring

  • The VIN pin of the MLX90614 is connected to 3V3 of MakePython ESP32, GND is connected to GND, SCL pin is connected to IO22 and SDA pin is connected to IO22 of the board.
  • The VCC pin and GND pin of the button are connected to the 3V3 and GND of MakePython ESP32, and the OUT pin is connected to IO14.
  • Connect MakePython ESP8266 to PC using the USB cable.

Step 3: UPyCraft IDE

  • If you haven't used uPyCraft, you can download the MicroPython ESP32 Dev Kit Guidance document with detailed instructions.
  • You can skip this step if you've used it.

Step 4: Use ThingSpeak IoT

    Remotely monitor temperature on ThingSpeak, steps:

  1. Sign up an account in If you already have one, sign in directly.
  2. Click New Channel to create a new ThingSpeak channel.
  3. Input name, Description, Select Field 1. Then save channel on the bottom.
  4. Click the API Keys option, copy the API Key, we will use it in the program

Step 5: Code

Download and run the, driver file.

Make the following changes to the file, then save and run.

  • Modify SSID and PSW to connect WiFi
  • Modify the API KEY that you got in the previous step

This is the code to get the temperature and upload the data:

while True:<br>    if(button.value() == 1):
      Temp = sensor.getObjCelsius()	#Get temperature information
      #Use API keys to write temperature data to a channel

Step 6: Install

Fix the board to the door with double-sided tape, open the switch on the battery, the screen will prompt WiFi connection success.

Step 7: Measure

The screen says "Measure temp Please press the button", you get as close as possible to MLX90614, then press the button, it will show your temperature and upload the data to the website.

Step 8: Complete

Go to and you can see the measurements in Private View.

This project records your temperature and measurement time, which can also be used as an attendance record. Now HR can see your data by logging into the ThingSpeak web, which is very convenient.

In addition, Makerfabs provide turnkey PCBA manufacturing service, to help you to turn your design into the prototypes and final product rapidly. Also, if you need some customized PCBA boards based on those MakePython IoT solutions, pls contact

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