I regularly put water on the stove to boil, get distracted, and completely forget to check on it. This project closes the water-boiling loop by sending me a text message when the water is boiling.
This is also easily adaptable to other situations as well– just change the threshold temperature and use it to know when you can put meat on the grill, salmon in the smokehouse.
I use a thermocouple (not Tessel's climate module) because a thermocouple is versatile, can take high temperatures, and is fine to immerse in water. Tim wrote a Node library for it, so it's not difficult to use one.
- Assemble the thermocouple and thermocouple amplifier according to Adafruit's instructions
- Connect the thermocouple amplifier to Tessel. It talks over SPI, so we need to connect chip select, clock, and data, as well as power and ground. From the thermocouple amplifier to Tessel's GPIO bank:
Put the end of the thermocouple in the thing you're heating up.
- Vin > 3.3V (power)
- 3Vo > nothing, we don't need this one
- GND > GND (ground)
- DO > MISO (this is data from the thermocouple coming in to Tessel)
- CS > TX/G1 (chip select– we're using a digital GPIO pin to tell the amplifier when we're talking to it)
- CLK > SCK (different names for the clock pin)
- Set up your Twilio account (it's free!)
- Install your Tessel
- Clone this repo
- Set up your config.json file based on the example-config.json file
npm install to install Node dependencies
index.js, set your temperature threshold
- Connect Tessel to the internet
- Run the code on Tessel:
tessel run index.js
- If you want to run the code disconnected from your computer, run
tessel push index.js to push the code into Tessel's memory, then use an alternate power source. Just remember to make sure Tessel's connected to the internet, or it won't be able to send the text.