Weather Toys: Building and Hacking Your Own 1-Wire Weather Station / Edition 3

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Do more than TALK about the weather

Maybe you can't change it, but you can measure it. And onceyou build your weather station, the sky's the limit. You can shareupdates on your own weather Web site. Create a smart sprinklerfor a lot less than thatfancy system on TV. Freeup your PC with a stand-alone weather station.Protect against lightning strikes with a surgesuppressor. Take yourweather station with you. Finding out which waythe wind is blowing canbe a lot of fun.

The Toys
* 1-Wire weather station
* Sensors for humidity, wind, rainfall, barometric pressure, lightning, and temperature
* Weather Web server
* Lightning surge suppressor
* LED weather display
* Smart sprinkler timer
* Appliance controller
* Smart home thermostat
* Stand-alone weather station

Complete instructions and code for these andother hardware and software projects--build them all or pick and choose!

Companion Web site

At you'll find a complete weather station software package, source code, and specialized software tools to support these projects, plus lots of additional resources.

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If you're like millions of people, the Weather Channel isn't enough: You want to know exactly what the weather is right now, right where you're standing. You want to tinker, tweak, learn about the weather. You could buy some fancy high-tech gizmos, but it's way more fun to build your own weather station -- with Weather Toys.

Many "weather project" books are just for kids. This one's for everyone who's into weather and technology. (No wonder: It's the latest in the ExtremeTech series, home of great books ranging from Linux Toys to Hacking the PSP.)

Author (and aerospace engineer) Tim Bitson first introduces the tools of the trade: temperature sensors (such as thermocouples, thermistors, and semiconductor sensors); devices for measuring humidity and dewpoint; anemometers for measuring wind speed; magnetic, resistive, and optical wind vanes; barometers; and rain gauges.

Next, he presents a practical introduction to 1-Wire technology, and the broad range of 1-Wire modules and sensors you can build, buy, and connect with your PC. While not exactly "plug and play," 1-Wire's become hugely popular with hobbyists, so there's plenty of good software available for it; later in the book, Bitson introduces some of the best.

This book offers nearly 20 real-world projects. You'll start with simple stuff (checking temperature, identifying the presence of lightning nearby). Then, you'll extend your weather station in all directions. Bitson shows how to add a "weather server"; build a smart sprinkler timer that knows when your lawn's already wet; make your weather station portable; even join thousands more hobbyists in uploading data to the national Weather Underground web site. Bill Camarda, from the October 2006 Read Only

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780470040461
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 10/9/2006
  • Series: ExtremeTech Series , #39
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 504
  • Product dimensions: 7.40 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 1.05 (d)

Meet the Author

Tim Bitson as been building weather measurement equipment for 30 years, and has been active in the 1-Wire weather community since it started in the late 1990s. He has designed two of the commonly used 1-Wire weather sensors, the “Bitson” barometer and the 1-Wire lightning detector. He has developed weather station code for Basic Stamp, PalmOS, and Tiny InterNet Interface (TINI), just to name a few.
During the day, Tim works as a “rocket scientist” at a major aerospace firm in southern Arizona, which he has been doing for more than 25 years. His specialty is integrating new designs and getting them to work for the first time.
During the evenings and weekends, he enjoys working with electronics, writing software, building neon art, and riding ATVs in the desert. Tim lives with his wife Pam, two sons Kyle and Andrew, one dog, and two cats (at last count).
Tim holds a B.S. degree in Information Technology, and has been programming since the late 1970s.
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Table of Contents



Part I: The World of Weather.

Chapter 1: Measuring the Weather.

Chapter 2: What Kind of Weather Station Can I Build?

Chapter 3: 1-Wire Exposed.

Part II: Build a Weather Station.

Chapter 4: Building the Software Framework.

Chapter 5: Check the Temperature.

Chapter 6: Measure the Wind.

Chapter 7: What’s the Humidity?

Chapter 8: Getting the Pressure.

Chapter 9: Count the Rain.

Chapter 10: Is There Lightning?

Chapter 11: Installing the Weather Station.

Part III: Expanding Your Weather Station.

Chapter 12: Add a Weather Web Server.

Chapter 13: Post Your Data to the Weather Underground.

Chapter 14: Add a Lightning Surge Suppressor.

Chapter 15: Add an LED Weather Display.

Chapter 16: Turn Appliances On or Off Based on Weather.

Chapter 17: Build a Moisture Sensor.

Chapter 18: Build a Smart Sprinkler Timer or Home Thermostat.

Chapter 19: Add a User Interface to SimpleWeather.

Chapter 20: Eliminate Your PC with TINI.

Chapter 21: Carry Your Weather Station with You.

Chapter 22: Wrap Up.

Appendix A: Additional Resources.

Appendix B: Installing and Using the ExtremeTech Weather Server.


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