SparkFun Human Presence Sensor Breakout - AK9753 (Qwiic)

This is not your normal Passive Infrared (PIR) sensor! The SparkFun AK9753 Human Presence Sensor Breakout is a Qwiic-enabled, 4-channel Nondispersive Infrared (NDIR) sensor. Each channel has a different field of view, so not only can the AK9753 detect a human, but it can also tell which direction the person is moving. To make it even easier to use this breakout, all communication is enacted exclusively via I2C, utilizing our handy Qwiic system. However, we still have broken out 0.1" spaced pins in case you prefer to use a breadboard.

The onboard AK9753 is a digital sensor giving you a 16-bit digital value over I2C. Each of the four sensors outputs the IR current in pico-amps. A PIR reading can vary from roughly -200 (no human present) to 1500 when a human is detected standing in front of a given channel, but it varies due to environmental factors and other heat sources in view. We’ve written a full library to control the sensor and included examples showing how to output the sensor readings you need, making this breakout even easier to handle!

The SparkFun Qwiic connect system is an ecosystem of I2C sensors, actuators, shields and cables that make prototyping faster and less prone to error. All Qwiic-enabled boards use a common 1mm pitch, 4-pin JST connector. This reduces the amount of required PCB space, and polarized connections mean you can’t hook it up wrong.

Get Started with the Human Presence Sensor Breakout Guide

  • Qwiic-Connector Enabled
  • Quad infrared sensor module
  • 16-bit reading on all four channels
  • Digital I2C Interface
  • Voltage: 1.7V to 3.3V
  • Extremely low current: 100µA

SparkFun Human Presence Sensor Breakout - AK9753 (Qwiic) Product Help and Resources

Qwiic Human Presence Sensor (AK9753) Hookup Guide

January 18, 2018

How to get started with your Qwiic enabled AK9753 Human Presence Sensor.

Core Skill: Programming

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Skill Level: Competent - The toolchain for programming is a bit more complex and will examples may not be explicitly provided for you. You will be required to have a fundamental knowledge of programming and be required to provide your own code. You may need to modify existing libraries or code to work with your specific hardware. Sensor and hardware interfaces will be SPI or I2C.
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Core Skill: Electrical Prototyping

If it requires power, you need to know how much, what all the pins do, and how to hook it up. You may need to reference datasheets, schematics, and know the ins and outs of electronics.

2 Electrical Prototyping

Skill Level: Rookie - You may be required to know a bit more about the component, such as orientation, or how to hook it up, in addition to power requirements. You will need to understand polarized components.
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Customer Comments

  • I bought it without the quickness shield for Arduino. Can I use it without that? Novice and any help appreciated.


  • It would be nice to have the lenses included so we can test the difference with and without. I’m not seeing much signal past like 1 meters for a normal person wearing clothes. I think the lens would help with the IR gain as the datasheet says.

    Is there a way to increase the Gain via code to increase the sensitivity?

    Where can get the lenses? Could you guys send me one, I bought the sensor.

  • Can I use this sensor to get a rough estimate of distance from a human?

  • Looking at the AKM website it appears that a lens is needed for this sensor to be effective at any distance. They list a W30 lens for wall mount applications. Is a lens included in this kit? Do you have this lens available?

    • We don’t have this lens available currently, but I did quite a bit of testing on the board with and without the lens and there was only a small increase in functionality with the lens added, and in most use cases, no increase in functionality, so we decided against gluing them on.

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This needs the Lens for best results

If you want good measurements of people further out than 3-4 feet then you need the lens. The company who makes the lens will send you some but they are switching manufactures right now so the new lenses will be available in the future sometime.

The cost for a single lens will probably be in the 3-6 dollar range. This is probably why Sparkfun did not include them or even attempt to order them since they come from a separate different manufacturer.

I used a copper tube to get better distance but the lens is what you really want.

The sensor works as it should otherwise just don’t expect a meter of range as it is sold.