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In this post, we’ll meet Mike, a Maryland-based Raspberry Pi enthusiast who built a nifty wireless temperature sensor for his pool.
Tell us about your wireless pool temperature sensor, Mike.
First world problems, I know, but I hate going out to check the temp, only to come back inside to put on my trunks, to then go back out where I started.
I decided to build a remote (wireless) pool temperature monitor, using a Raspberry Pi with a waterproof temperature sensor to capture data, and Initial State to stream and analyze that data from the comfort of my own home. No more having to go outside and dip my fingers into the water!
What were the biggest challenges for you with this project?
The weather. Heat generated inside my sealed container burned up my first Raspberry Pi.
So, how’d you build it?
You can find my Github tutorial here: https://github.com/h00die/poolmonitor
I originally spent 5 hours making a Django website w/ visualizations to show and record the pool data.
However, a few weeks after finishing up round 1 of the code, I learned that InitialState did the same thing. However, InitialState’s visualizations are better than I created, is remote (WiFi is sketchy by the pool), and made MUCH less overhead on my Raspberry Pi.