Here are some HOW-TO instructions and Java programs I have written for the
Raspberry Pi. They include a thermometer program
to view remotely sensed temperatures and display them on a local touch
screen, an intercom program and a program to detect motion and capture
images with a Raspberry Pi camera.
Javadocs for the complete library are located
here and the complete library may
be downloaded here. Extract the library file
in your ~/bin directory and you can use the included build scripts.
All of these programs require Java 8 but that is already installed on
your Raspbian running Pi.
Please direct all questions, comments, suggestions or requests to:
pi at knutejohnson dot com.
HOW-TO Use a DHTXX Temperature/Humidity
Sensor With the dht11 dtoverlay
Turn off your pi and disconnect the power!
Connect the + lead of your DHT sensor to the 3.3V pin, connect
the - lead to a GND pin and the signal/out/data pin to GPIO 4
(you can use others but to keep this simple use GPIO 4 for
now, see /boot/overlays/README). If you are using the sensor
on the little PC board you don't need a pull up resistor.
If you are using the bare sensor you need a 5.1K ohm resistor
between the + and the signal wire. A 4.7K to a 10K will
probably work just fine. This overlay works with the DHT11,
DHT22 and AM2302 sensors and probably some other similar ones.
If you want to use a 5 volt supply on a bare sensor so you can
put the sensor on a longer wire then you need to use two
resistors one about twice the value of the other is connected
between the - lead and the signal/out/data lead and the other
is connected between the signal/out/data lead and the + lead.
I tested this with a 10K and 5.6K resistor pair and a 3.3K and
1.5K pair. I didn't try it down a long wire though.
Power up your PI
Edit the /boot/config.txt file and add this line:
Reboot your Pi
The temperature will be found in the file:
and the humidity will be in the file:
There is one caveat with this technique. When you read the temperature file you will occasionally get an error/exception. I think this is because the overlay software is writing to the file when you are trying to read it but that is only a guess on my part. So you should wrap your reading code in a loop to make sure you successfully read the data. I normally read the temperature first and so if that is successful I rarely get an error reading the humidity but I assume it is possible.
The data you read from the file(s) is a 5 character string that needs to be converted to a decimal value. Convert both strings to a floating point type and divide both the temperature and humidity by 1000.0 to get the actual values. Temperature is in degrees Celsius. If you prefer Kelvin you will have to make the appropriate adjustment.
Even after accounting for the occasional error reading the files I have seen some bad data show up but only every few days of reading the files every few minutes.
Here are three programs (pick your favorite language) to read the data files. I'm not a python guy so if there is a better way to do this with python, send me a note and I'll change it out.
Thermometer is a Java program to run on a Pi with a touch screen
attached (ie UCTRONICS 3.5 inch touch screen) to display the temperature
collected from up to six remote Pis running the TemperatureSender
The TemperatureSender?? programs read the temperature from a DHTxx
or DS18B20 device attached to a Pi and sends the temperature via
multicast packet to the Thermometer program.
Since the TemperatureSender?? programs use the dht11 or 1 wire device
tree overlay to collect the temperature data from the sensor you need
to enable it in /boot/config.txt with the line:
Run the TemperatureSender?? program every minute using the following
entry in your crontab:
I have tested the Thermometer program on a 1B+, a 3B and a 3B+.
The program runs fine on all models however I did have some problems
with using WiFi on the 1B+. With an ethernet connection to the local
network it ran flawlessly on the 1B+. The TemperatureSender?? programs
will run on any Pi, I'm currently testing with two 1Bs, an A+ and a B+
all connected to the network with WiFi.
The MotionDetection program continuously takes images with the Raspberry
Pi camera and displays them on the program window. If motion is
detected a green dot indicator is displayed in the upper right corner
of the screen. The images where motion is detected may be captured to
storage or emailed. Also, as in the photo, a composite image may be
displayed consisting of the previous image and a set of blue boxes
showing where motion was detected in the image.