The Arduino community has created a wide variety of modules and sensors that can enhance your projects. Here’s the ultimate collection of 20 free guides for Arduino Modules and Sensors that can help you get started with them.
We have an updated guide with more sensors. Check it out here: Arduino: 39 Free Guides for Sensors and Modules.
1. DHT11/DHT22 Humidity and Temperature Sensor
These DHTXX sensors are very popular among the Arduino Tinkerers. The DHT sensors are relative cheap sensors for measuring temperature and humidity [click to continue reading…]
2. BMP180 Barometric Sensor
This guide shows how to use the BMP180 barometric sensor with the Arduino. It is also applicable for other similar barometric sensors [click to continue reading…]
3. FC-37 or YL-83 Rain Sensor
The rain sensor is used to detect water and it can detect beyond what a humidity sensor can. The FC-37 or YL-83 rain sensor [click to continue reading…]
4. YL-69 or HL-69 Soil Moisture Sensor
The soil moisture sensor or the hygrometer is usually used to detect the humidity of the soil. So, it is perfect to build an automatic watering system or to monitor the soil moisture of your plants [click to continue reading…]
5. DS18B20 Temperature Sensor
The DS18B20 temperature sensor is a 1-wire digital temperature sensor. This means that you can read the temperature with a very simple circuit setup. It communicates on common bus, which means that you can connect several devices and read their values using just one digital pin of the Arduino [click to continue reading…]
6. DS1307 or DS3231 Real Time Clock (RTC)
This post is about how to use the DS1307 Real Time Clock (RTC) module with the Arduino. You can also follow this guide for other similar modules like the DS3231 RTC [click to continue reading…]
7. MQ-2 Gas/Smoke Sensor
This guide shows how to build a smoke detector that beeps when it detects flammable gas or smoke. The MQ-2 smoke sensor is [click to continue reading…]
8. HC-SR04 Ultrasonic Sensor
The HC-SR04 ultrasonic sensor uses sonar to determine distance to an object like bats do. It offers excellent non-contact range detection with high accuracy and stable readings in an easy-to-use package. From 2cm to 400 cm or 1” to 13 feet. It comes complete with ultrasonic transmitter and receiver module [click to continue reading…]
9. PIR Motion Sensor
The PIR motion sensor is ideal to detect movement. PIR stand for “Passive Infrared”. Basically, the PIR motion sensor measures infrared light from objects in its field of view. So, it can detect motion based on changes in infrared light in the environment. It is ideal to detect if a human has moved in or out of the sensor range [click to continue reading…]
10. Tilt Sensor
The tilt sensor is many times referred to as inclinometer, tilt switch or rolling ball sensor. Using a tilt sensor is a simple way to detect orientation or inclination [click to continue reading…]
11. Microphone Sound Sensor
This guide shows how to use the microphone sound sensor with the Arduino. The microphone sound sensor, as the name says, detects sound. It gives a measurement of how loud a sound is [click to continue reading…]
12. Reed Switch
A magnetic contact switch is basically a reed switch encased in a plastic shell so that you can easily apply them in a door, a window or a drawer to detect if the door is open or closed [click to continue reading…]
RFID means radio-frequency identification. RFID uses electromagnetic fields to transfer data over short distances. RFID is useful to identify people, to make transactions [click to continue reading…]
14. Relay Module
A relay is an electrically operated switch of mains voltage. It means that it can be turned on or off, letting the current go through or not [click to continue reading…]
These RF modules are very popular among the Arduino tinkerers. The nRF24L01 is used on a wide variety of applications that require wireless control. They are transceivers which this means that each module can transmit and receive data [click to continue reading…]
16. 433 MHz Transmitter/Receiver
These RF modules are very popular among the Arduino tinkerers. The 433MHz is used on a wide variety of applications that require wireless control [click to continue reading…]
17. OLED Display
It is a very small display, the screen has 25mm x 14mm (0.98in x 0.55in). It is made of 128 by 64 individual OLED pixels and no backlight is required. That OLED display is monochrome (white color), but there are other models with several colors [click to continue reading…]
18. 8×8 Dot Matrix
The dot matrix that we’re going to use in this guide is an 8×8 matrix which means that it has 8 columns and 8 rows, so it contains a total of 64 LEDs [click to continue reading…]
19. WS1812B Addressable RGB LED Strip
The WS2812B LED strip is an addressable RGB LED strip. The information in this guide also works with other similar LED strips, such as strips of the WS28XX family, Neopixel strip and others [click to continue reading…]
20. Membrane Keypad
A keypad allows you to interact with a microcontroller. They come in wide variety of shapes and sizes. The most common sizes are 3×4 and 4×4 and you can get keypads with words, letters and numbers written on the keys [click to continue reading…]
Do you know how to use all these modules? Are you thinking about using one of the modules listed above in your next project?
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