“Utilize sensors to monitor sound disturbances and temperature levels in a gaming environment. If thresholds are reached, alerts are sent.
Many things can be neglected due to the concentration required for games with the compounded effect of noise-canceling headphones. It is really common for a PC or console to start heating up the room along with human body temperature in a closed environment. In addition to this, loudspeakers can cause the user to be very loud and forget their mindfulness of their roommates. Particle Argons are used in this project to help address this issue whether it is during the day or night.
For our project, we made two circuits that communicate with each other using a sound and temperature sensor to monitor the gamer’s environment. When a threshold is reached with the Small Sound Sensor, an LED light turns on indicating that the sound is too loud and is irritating the roommates. The Digital Temperature Sensor also turns on an LED if the temperature goes above a predetermined threshold through code flashed on the respective Particle Argon. Live data of both sensors are monitored through ThingSpeak.
Small Sound Sensor
Digital Temperature Sensor
The Small Sound and Digital Temperature Sensors are used to collect data to the Particle Argons.
Connecting the Circuit
For the Small Sound Sensor, the digital output was connected to pin D3 on the argon. The power input for the sensor was connected to the 3.3 Volt output of argon. The ground pin of the sensor was connected to the ground pin on the argon. The analog output of the sensor was connected to pin A0 on the argon. For the red LED, the short leg was connected to pin D6, with the long leg connected to a row that had a 220 Ohm resistor, and a connection to the ground pin on the argon.
The power input of the sensor was connected to the 3.3 Volt output of the argon. The ground pin of the sensor was connected to the ground pin on the argon. The analog output pin of the sensor was connected to pin A0 on the argon. For the yellow LED, the short leg was connected to pin D6, with the long pin connected to a row that had a 220 Ohm resistor, and a connection to the ground pin on the argon.
Utilizing Webhooks and Channels
The Small Sound Sensor required a Webhook to connect the Particle Argon with a ThingSpeak Channel. The images below show the required channel and field information input for correct sound data communication. The figure with code shows a different connection from the temperature circuit to ThingSpeak by using myChannel number and myWriteAPIKey in conjunction with the ThingSpeak cloud library uploaded to Particle Web IDE. The last image provides information required for channel ID and field information in the ThingSpeak channel software.”