Humidity Bricklet

Features

  • Measures relative humidity
  • Output in 0.1% RH steps (12bit resolution)

Description

The Humidity Bricklet can be used to extend the features of Bricks by the capability to measure relative humidity. The measured humidity can be read out directly in percent, no conversions are necessary. With configurable events it is possible to react on changing humidity without polling.

A weather station is a typical application for this sensor, but it can also be used in drying applications, environment monitoring etc.

Technical Specifications

Property Value
Sensor HIH-5030
Current Consumption 1mA
   
Relative Humidity (RH) 0% RH - 100% RH in 0.1% RH steps, 12bit resolution
   
Dimensions (W x D x H) 25 x 15 x 5mm (0.98 x 0.59 x 0.19")
Weight 2g

Resources

Test your Humidity Bricklet

To test a Humidity Bricklet you need to have Brick Daemon and Brick Viewer installed. Brick Daemon acts as a proxy between the USB interface of the Bricks and the API bindings. Brick Viewer connects to Brick Daemon. It helps to figure out basic information about the connected Bricks and Bricklets and allows to test them.

Connect the Humidity Bricklet to a Brick with a Bricklet Cable (see picture below).

Humidity Bricklet connected to Master Brick

If you connect the Brick to the PC over USB, you should see a new tab named "Humidity Bricklet" in the Brick Viewer after a moment. Select this tab. If everything went as expected you can now see the measured relative humidity and a graph that shows the humidity over time. To test the sensor breath over the sensor. The relative humidity should rise as long as you breath and fall again afterwards.

Humidity Bricklet in Brick Viewer

After this test you can go on with writing your own application. See the Programming Interface section for the API of the Humidity Bricklet and examples in different programming languages.

Case

A laser-cut case for the Humidity Bricklet is available.

Case for humidity Bricklet

The assembly is easiest if you follow the following steps:

  • Screw spacers to the Bricklet,
  • screw bottom plate to bottom spacers,
  • build up side plates,
  • plug side plates into bottom plate and
  • screw top plate to top spacers.

Below you can see an exploded assembly drawing of the Humidity Bricklet case:

Exploded assembly drawing for Humidity Bricklet

Hint: There is a protective film on both sides of the plates, you have to remove it before assembly.

Troubleshooting

If enough liquid water forms on the sensor under condensing conditions, this water can create a leakage path. This leads to an erroneous reading of 0% humidity. Once this water evaporates the sensor returns to normal functionality. If you want to use the sensor under heavy condensing conditions mount it top side down. If this not suffice protect it e.g by foam.

Programming Interface

See Programming Interface for a detailed description.

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