Looking to keep a log of the climate in your greenhouse, create a humidor control system or want to track temperature and humidity data for a weather station project? The SparkFun SHTC3 Humidity Sensor may be the perfect option for you! The SHTC3 is a low cost, easy-to-use, highly accurate digital humidity and temperature sensor. The SHTC3 communicates via I2C so, as you can tell by the name, we have broken out the pins on the sensor to Qwiic connectors so you can easily connect it to SparkFun's ever growing Qwiic Ecosystem.
The SHTC3 digital humidity sensor from Sensirion builds on the success of their SHTC1 sensor with a broader supply voltage range (1.62V to 3.6V) and higher accuracy (±2% RH, ±0.2°C) than its predecessor, enabling greater flexibility. All you need are two lines for I2C communication, and you’ll have relative humidity readings and very accurate temperature readings as a bonus!
Hook up is a breeze as the breakout board is using the Qwiic connect system. The breakout board has built-in 2.2kΩ pullup resistors for I2C communications. If you’re hooking up multiple I2C devices on the same bus, you may want to disable these resistors.
NOTE: The I2C address of the SHTC3 is 0x70 and is hardware defined. A multiplexer/Mux is required to communicate to multiple SHTC3 sensors on a single bus. Sadly this is the same I2C address our Qwiic Mux uses and this part is not compatible with the Qwiic Mux.
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.
The SHTC3 digital humidity sensor can also be automatically detected, scanned, configured, and logged using the OpenLog Artemis datalogger system. No programming, soldering, or setup required!
If a board needs code or communicates somehow, you're going to need to know how to program or interface with it. The programming skill is all about communication and code.
Skill Level: Rookie - You will need a better fundamental understand of what code is, and how it works. You will be using beginner-level software and development tools like Arduino. You will be dealing directly with code, but numerous examples and libraries are available. Sensors or shields will communicate with serial or TTL.
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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.
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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I'm starting on a home cooking project using Qwiic sensors. This sensor was my first foray into the world of Qwiic, and the device has proved stable and resilient to my fumbling around with the RaspberryPI's I2C interface with
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