Sensors

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Measure acceleration and track rotation with these accelerometers, gyroscopes, compasses/magnetometers, and combined inertial measurement units (IMUs) and orientation sensors.

These IR distance sensors make it easy to detect and range objects. Our Sharp sensors are less expensive than our sonar range finders and they have higher update rates, but their maximum detection range is shorter.

Accurately measure distances over a wide range with our assortment of ultrasonic distance sensors from Maxbotix and Parallax.

These sensors use pairs of infrared LEDs and phototransistors to measure how much of the emitted IR light is being reflected from a nearby surface. They are great for edge detection and line following.

These quadrature encoders can be used to add speed and position feedback to our micro metal gearmotors with extended backshafts.

An assortment of unidirectional and bidirectional Hall effect-based current sensors. They offer a very low-resistance current path and electrical isolation between the current source and the measuring circuit. You can use these sensors to monitor your motor current, detect current spikes, or even to make inexpensive current probes for your oscilloscope.

These FSRs and FSLPs from Interlink Electronics can sense the magnitude, and in some cases the location, of an applied force, enabling unique touch interfaces and tactile sensors.

Want to build your own breathalyzer? This variety of semiconductor gas sensors makes it possible to measure concentrations of gasses such as alcohol, methane, propane, butane, and carbon monoxide.


Products in category “Sensors”

Pololu item #: 2460
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This module features a fixed-gain, 38 kHz modulated IR sensor and a corresponding IR LED with oscillator circuit to make a tiny proximity sensor. This high-brightness version draws an average of 16 mA and has a typical sensing range up to approximately 24 inches (60 cm).

Pololu item #: 2461
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This module features a fixed-gain, 38 kHz modulated IR sensor and a corresponding IR LED with oscillator circuit to make a tiny proximity sensor. This low-brightness version draws an average of 8 mA and has a typical sensing range up to approximately 12 inches (30 cm).

Pololu item #: 2462
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The Vishay TSSP58038 is a modulated IR receiver that is designed specifically for sensing applications instead of data communication for remote control. Unlike most similar-looking units, it has a fixed gain that makes it respond more predictably and quickly to IR light modulated at 38 kHz. They are sold in packs of three units.

Pololu item #: 2463
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The Vishay TSSP58P38 is a unique modulated IR receiver that is designed for IR brightness detection instead of data communication for remote control. This sensor can be used with a 38 kHz modulated IR emitter and the appropriate algorithms to form a distance sensor with a range of up to a few feet. They are sold in packs of three units.

Pololu item #: 837
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The Vishay TSOP34156 is a general-purpose modulated IR receiver for IR-based remote-control projects. It features a wide operating voltage range and allows for relatively high data rates; this particular unit is tuned for a 56 kHz carrier frequency. This is the IR receiver used in the Pololu IR Beacon.

Pololu item #: 702
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The Pololu IR beacon is a compact board that is used in pairs to allow robots to locate each other. Each board has infrared emitters that shine in all directions and four IR receivers for detecting the other beacon. The IR beacons have a range of about fifteen feet indoors. This item is for a pair of beacons in one package.

Pololu item #: 701
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The Pololu IR beacon is a compact board that is used in pairs to allow robots to locate each other. Each board has infrared emitters that shine in all directions and four IR receivers for detecting the other beacon. The IR beacons have a range of about fifteen feet indoors. This item is for a single unit.

Pololu item #: 704
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The IR beacon development board is just an assembled IR Beacon PCB with no IR sensors or firmware. This item is intended for advanced users who want to customize their IR beacon functionality by writing their own firmware. No documentation is shipped with this IR Beacon Development kit.

Pololu item #: 2724
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This carrier for ST’s LPS25H digital barometer measures pressures from 260 mbar to 1260 mbar (26 kPa to 126 kPa) with absolute accuracy down to ±0.2 mbar (0.02 kPa) and typical RMS noise of 0.01 mbar (1 Pa) in high-resolution mode. These pressures can easily be converted to altitudes. The board has a 3.3 V linear regulator and integrated level shifters that allow it to work over an input voltage range of 2.5 V to 5.5 V, and the 0.1″ pin spacing makes it easy to use with standard solderless breadboards and 0.1″ perfboards. The sensor offers I²C and SPI interfaces.

Pololu item #: 2126
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This carrier for ST’s LPS331AP digital barometer measures pressures from 260 mbar to 1260 mbar (26 kPa to 126 kPa) with absolute pressure accuracy over temperature down to ±2 mbar (0.2 kPa) and typical RMS noise of 0.02 mbar (0.002 kPa) in high-resolution mode. These pressures can easily be converted to altitudes. The board has a 3.3 V linear regulator and integrated level shifters that allow it to work over an input voltage range of 2.5 V to 5.5 V, and the 0.1″ pin spacing makes it easy to use with standard solderless breadboards and 0.1″ perfboards. The sensor offers I²C and SPI interfaces.

Pololu item #: 2771
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The SparkFun Weather Shield is an easy-to-use Arduino shield with sensors for measuring barometric pressure, relative humidity, luminosity, and temperature.

Pololu item #: 1643
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Sparkfun’s carrier board for the HIH-4030 relative humidity (%RH) sensor from Honeywell outputs an analog voltage that varies nearly linearly with humidity. It operates at 5 V while drawing only 200 μA and has a 0.1" pin spacing that makes it compatible with standard breadboards and perfboards.

Pololu item #: 1061
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The Melexis MLX90614ESF-AAA is a high-accuracy, high-resolution, non-contact thermometer with a 90-degree field of view. It has a measurement resolution of 0.02°C and is factory calibrated for a wide -70 to 380°C object temperature range. The sensor uses an SMBus (I²C-compatible) digital interface and can be configured to output a customizable 10-bit PWM output for continuous readings.

Pololu item #: 2726
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The Muscle Sensor v3 from Advancer Technologies measures, filters, rectifies, and amplifies the electrical activity of a muscle and produces an analog output signal that can easily be read by a microcontroller, enabling novel, muscle-controlled interfaces for your projects. This small board measures 1″ × 1″ and includes six electrodes and a 24″ sensor cable.

Pololu item #: 2138
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The Locosys LS20031 GPS receiver integrates a MediaTek MT3339 66-channel GPS chip with a ceramic antenna to create a complete GPS module that can track up to 66 GPS satellites at a time. The GPS module supports up to a 10Hz update rate, a built-in rechargeable battery for rapid satellite acquisition (external power is still required for normal operation), and more than 6 different NMEA ASCII sentences that are output to a TTL-level serial port.

Pololu item #: 1635
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The passive infrared detector (PID) motion sensor SE-10, also called a passive infrared (PIR) sensor, detects movement of infrared light sources at 7 to 14 μm. People emit infrared radiation from 8 to 14 μm, which makes this an excellent sensor for detecting human movement. Two infrared detector “pixels” allow the detector to filter out changes affecting the whole sensing area, like weather or light.

Pololu item #: 1608
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The Parallax ColorPAL combines an RGB LED, a light sensor, and a microcontroller to make a color sensor that can also be used as an ambient light detector and a color generator. Readings are reported via a 1-wire asynchronous serial interface.

Pololu item #: 1618
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Ready to add sound detection to your next project? This small breakout board from SparkFun couples a tiny microelectromechanical system (MEMS) microphone with a 67x gain external amplifying circuit, converting sound into analog voltage signals that can be measured by a microcontroller’s analog-to-digital converter (ADC). The unit comes fully assembled as shown and works from 1.5 to 3.3 V.

Pololu item #: 1620
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Ready to add sound detection to your next project? This compact breakout board from SparkFun couples a small electret microphone with a 100x opamp, converting sound into amplified analog voltages that can be measured by a microcontroller’s analog-to-digital converter (ADC). The unit comes fully assembled as shown and works from 2.7 to 5.5 V.

Pololu item #: 1403
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This single-pole, double-throw (SPDT) momentary switch can be used as a general-purpose micro switch, but the long lever arm makes it especially useful as a tactile bump sensor for your robot (e.g whiskers or antennae). The switch body dimension is 20.0 x 6.4 x 10.2 mm, and the lever arm is 50 mm long.

Pololu item #: 1402
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This single-pole, double-throw (SPDT) momentary switch can be used as a general-purpose micro switch or tactile bump sensor for your robot. The switch body dimension is 20.0 x 6.4 x 10.2 mm, and the lever arm is 16.7 mm long.

Pololu item #: 1404
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This single-pole, double-throw (SPDT) momentary switch can be used as a general-purpose micro switch or tactile bump sensor for your robot. The switch body dimension is 20.0 x 6.4 x 10.2 mm, and the 16.3mm lever arm is has a roller at the tip.

Pololu item #: 1405
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This single-pole, double-throw (SPDT) momentary switch can be used as a general-purpose micro switch or tactile bump sensor for your robot. The switch body dimension is 20.0 x 6.4 x 10.2 mm, and the 15.6mm lever arm has a semicircular bump at the tip that simulates a roller.

Pololu item #: 1401
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This miniature single-pole, double-throw (SPDT) momentary switch can be used as a general-purpose micro switch or as a small tactile bump sensor for your robot. The switch body dimension is 12.8 x 6.0 x 6.5 mm, and the lever arm is 13.5 mm long.

Pololu item #: 320
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Learn about electronic motion detectors with this deluxe kit that includes a high-quality enclosure with a mounting bracket. The motion detector makes a loud, doorbell-like “ding-dong” sound when it detects motion. The kit is based on a pyroelectric infrared (PIR) sensor, which is a unique sensor that you can use to give your projects the ability to react to your presence.