Our Top 10 Picks for Raspberry Pi Sensors for your Projects

By | February 22, 2016

The Top Raspberry Pi Sensors for your Projects

Sensors are the way a Raspberry Pi communicates and sees the world and can be necessary depending on the project you have planned.
 
The popularity of the Raspberry Pi gives it many pre-made sensors ready to do whatever job is thrown its way.
 
There are whole sensor kits that can be bought such as the following, or singly as listed below.
SunFounder Basic Sensor Kit for Raspberry Pi, GPIO Extension Board Jump wires (For RPi Model B) – Including 91 Page Instructions Book

 
Our Top 10 Picks for Raspberry Pi Sensors for your Projects

 
1…
Raspberry PI 5MP Camera Board Module

Integrating a camera with a RasPi with small camera modules can be done with cameras such as this popular 5MP camera. If you want to setup a surveillance system, baby monitor, IP cam and so on then this is a good option. The camera plugs into a RasPi with a ribbon cable and than software setup to use it. The software setup may be moderately difficult depending on your skills but the good news is like many Raspberry Pi projects there is plenty of documentation.

 
 
 
2…
LeaningTech Expansion Board for Raspberry PI B+ Designed for Ease of Use Components SX300

The SX300 Expansion Board for Raspberry PI is a way to add Bluetooth, Microphone input, stereo audio output, WiFi, RTC, IR receiver, SATA and More. It was designed for use with the Raspberry Pi B+ but also works with the Raspberry Pi 2. There are other expansion boards to use with a RasPi that give it features that are not pre-built in.
 
 
 
3…
SUNKEE DS18B20 Temperature Sensor – Waterproof Digital Thermal Probe Sensor DS18B20DS18B20 Temperature Sensor – Waterproof Digital Thermal Probe Sensor DS18B20

Reading temperatures can be done with a temperature sensor. A few resistors maybe necessary depending what you are reading the temperature of basically adjusting the sensitivity.

 
 
 
4…
5 inch 800*480 Resistive Touch Screen HDMI interface Raspbian LCD compatible with Raspberry Pi (Pi 2) Model B B+ A+ Video Photo Display System Module @XYG

Having a small portable screen that works with a RasPi has many uses. There are many different types of screens created for the RasPi even touchscreen models like the one above.
 
 
 
5…
5 inch 800*480 Resistive Touch Screen HDMI interface Raspbian LCD compatible with Raspberry Pi (Pi 2) Model B B+ A+ Video Photo Display System Module @XYG

For weather station projects here is a sensor that can read humidity and temperature.

 
 
 
6…
ADAFRUIT INDUSTRIES 1109 RGB POSITIVE 16X2 LCD + KEYPAD KIT, RASPBERRY PI

Simple character LCD can be bought for projects that don’t require lots of video. Here is one being used to monitor a network.

 
 
 
7…
Happu-store Infrared PIR Motion Sensor Module New HC-SR501for Arduino Raspberry pi
Small Infrared Motion Sensor can be hooked up to a RasPi.
 
 
 
8…
Wavesahre MQ-2 Gas Sensor Module LP,Propane,Hydrogen Detection Sensor Gas Detector Sensor Module for Arduino Raspberry pi

Gas detectors can be interfaced to detect a range of gases.
 
 
 
9…
JBtek 2 pcs nRF24L01+ 2.4GHz Antenna Wireless Transceiver RF Transceiver Module ISM
Wireless RF Transceivers can be hooked up to a RasPi.
 
 
10…
JBtek Raspberry Pi Bluetooth 4.0 USB adapter – For Windows 8 / Windows 7 / Vista
A simple Bluetooth dongle can be used for any Bluetooth device to interface with a RasPi.

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