Matrix - Water Sensor

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Introduction

Water Sensor
  • The Matrix-Water_Sensor is a simple sensor module. It can be used to detect a water level and convert the amount of water to analog signals.
  • Its sensitivity can be adjusted via a potentiometer.

Features

  • Standard 3 Pin interface
  • PCB dimension(mm): 16 x 60

Water Sensor.PCB

  • Pin Description
Pin Description
S GPIO
V Supply Voltage 5V
G Ground

Basic Device Operation

  • The module has a series of exposed traces. The resistance of these exposed traces are proportional to the water level. This mechanism is used to measure the amount of water and therefore calculate the water level. It can be used to detect whether or not there is rainfall as well.

Applications

The Matrix-Water_Sensor module outputs analog signals which can be converted to digital signals through an ADC converter e.g. the Matrix-Analog_to_Digital_Converter module.
For more details about the Matrix-Analog_to_Digital_Converter module refer to wiki:Matrix_-_Analog_to_Digital_Converter

Connect to NanoPi M1

Refer to the following connection diagram to connect the module to the NanoPi M1:
Matrix-Water_Sensor_nanopi_m1

Connection Details:

Matrix-Water_Sensor
GND NanoPi M1 Pin9
5V NanoPi M1 Pin2
S Matrix-Analog_to_Digital_Converter A0

Connect to NanoPi 2

Refer to the following connection diagram to connect the module to the NanoPi 2:
Matrix-Water_Sensor_nanopi_2

Connection Details:

Matrix-Water_Sensor
GND NanoPi 2 Pin9
5V NanoPi 2 Pin2
S Matrix-Analog_to_Digital_Converter A0

Connect to NanoPi M2 / NanoPi 2 Fire

Refer to the following connection diagram to connect the module to the NanoPi M2/ NanoPi 2 Fire:
Matrix-Water_Sensor_nanopi_m2

Connection Details:

Matrix-Water_Sensor
GND NanoPi M2 Pin9
5V NanoPi M2 Pin2
S Matrix-Analog_to_Digital_Converter A0

Connect to NanoPC-T2

Refer to the following connection diagram to connect the module to the NanoPC-T2:
Matrix-Water_Sensor_NanoPC-T2

Connection Details:

Matrix-Potentiometer
GND NanoPC-T2 USB Host GND
5V NanoPC-T2 USB Host 5V
S Matrix-Analog_to_Digital_Converter A0

Compile & Run Test Program

Boot your ARM board with Debian and copy the matrix code:

$ apt-get update && apt-get install git
$ git clone https://github.com/friendlyarm/matrix.git

If your cloning is done successfully a "matrix" directory will be generated.

Compile and install Matrix:

$ cd matrix
$ make && make install

Run test program:

$ matrix-adc

Note: this module is not plug and play therefore before running the module please make sure it is connected to an ARM board.
Here is what you should observe:

The channel0 value is 2460

Code Sample

This Matrix code sample can work with all the ARM boards mentioned in this module's wiki. The name of this code sample is "matrix-analog_to_digital_converter". Here is its source code:

int main(int argc, char ** argv)
{
    int i = 0;
    int value = 0;
    int channel = 0;
 
    if (boardInit() < 0) {
        printf("Fail to init board\n");
        return -1;
    }
 
    if (argc == 2)
        channel = atoi(argv[1]);
    system("modprobe "DRIVER_MODULE);
    signal(SIGINT, intHandler);
    for (i=0; i<ADC_READ_TIMES; i++) {
        if (pcf8591Read(channel, &value) != -1) {
            printf("The channel%d value is %d\n", channel, value);
        } else {
            printf("Fail to get channel%d value\n", channel);
        }
    }
    system("rmmod "DRIVER_MODULE);
 
    return 0;
}

For more details about this APIs called in this code sample refer to Matrix API reference manual

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Update Log

June-28-2016

  • Created English wiki