Full BC24 Weather Monitoring Kit. No Soldering!
The BC24 Weather Kit is a flexible full weather station kit that requires no soldering to complete. It has the following sensors:
- Wind Speed
- Wind Direction
- Rain Bucket
- Inside Temperature
- Inside Humidity
- Outside Temperature
- Outside Humidity
- Barometric Pressure
100% NO SOLDERING KIT! EASY TO BUILD AND USE!
The BC24 is an amazing display. With 24 programmable Pixel RGBW LEDs and a very fast processor you can create very interesting displays. You can add more Pixel strings, other displays and many sensors using the Grove connectors. The processor on the BC24 is an ESP32 which is an awesome processor. It has 2 cores in the CPU, lots of memory and has really interesting stuff built in like capacitive touch sensors, a Digital to Analog Converter (think Music out from your BC24!), lots of GPIO (General Purpose Input Output) for your projects and a robust I2C bus for connecting to your sensors.
The RGBW (Red Green Blue White) Pixels are completely programmable (millions of colors) and includes a bright white LED to give you pure warm white. These programmable pixels are 100% compatible with NeoPixels.
Want a Box for Outside Use?
Check out our clear top enclosure for the BC24 Weather Kit on our Store:
Connect to your other DIY Projects
The BC24 Weather Kit has a full WiFi network interface that you can use to connect to virtually anything that has an interface!
The Grove connectors allow you to easily and safely connect hundreds of sensors (and more Pixel strips if you want!) with no soldering. And you CAN'T plug them in backwards. Fewer boards in the Box of Death.
BC24 Weather Assembly and Operations Manual
BC24 Advanced Programming Manual
BC24 Specification (New Version 7/23/2018)
BC24 Weather Software (Version 002)
Articles about the BC24
Tutorial: ESP32 / BC24 and LSM303 Compass – Accelerometer
New Kickstarter – The BC24 – ESP32 Based Big Circle 24
Tutorial: Provisioning your ESP32 for WiFi. 3 Different Ways.
Grove Pixel RGBW Stick Drivers Released
ESP32 Tutorial: Debouncing a Button Press using Interrupts
New Product – Grove 8 Pixel RGBW Stick
Installing ESP32 / BC24 Support on the Arduino IDE
See our Tutorial at:
What is on the BC24?
The BC24 is a novel use of programmable Pixel LEDs (RGBW programmable) in a perfect 24 segment circle combined with an powerful, highly connected on board computer (WiFi, Bluetooth, Bluetooth Low Power) called the ESP32.
Features of the ESP32 include the following:
- CPU: Xtensa dual-core (or single-core) 32-bit LX6 microprocessor, operating at 160 or 240 MHz and performing at up to 600 DMIPS
- Ultra low power (ULP) co-processor
- 520 KiB SRAM
- Wi-Fi: 802.11 b/g/n
- Bluetooth: v4.2 BR/EDR and BLE
- 12-bit SAR ADC up to 18 channels
- 2 × 8-bit DACs
- 10 × touch sensors (capacitive sensing GPIOs)
- Temperature sensor
- 4 × SPI
- 2 × I²S interfaces
- 2 × I²C interfaces
- 3 × UART
- SD/SDIO/CE-ATA/MMC/eMMC host controller
- SDIO/SPI slave controller
- Ethernet MAC interface with dedicated DMA and IEEE 1588 Precision Time Protocol support
- CAN bus 2.0
- Infrared remote controller (TX/RX, up to 8 channels)
- Motor PWM
- LED PWM (up to 16 channels)
- Hall effect sensor
- Ultra low power analog pre-amplifier
- IEEE 802.11 standard security features all supported, including WFA, WPA/WPA2 and WAPI
- Secure boot
- Flash encryption
- 1024-bit OTP, up to 768-bit for customers
Cryptographic hardware acceleration:
- AES, SHA-2, RSA, elliptic curve cryptography (ECC), random number generator (RNG)
Especially Interesting features of the ESP32 (look at Power Down Mode)
- Two Independent Core Processors
- Supports Promiscuous mode, Station, SoftAP and Wi-Fi direct mode
- Max data rate of 150 Mbps@11n HT40, 72 Mbps@11n HT20, 54 Mbps@11g, and 11 Mbps@11b
- Maximum transmit power of 19.5 dBm@11b, 16.5 dBm@11g, 15.5 dBm@11n
- Minimum receiver sensitivity of -97 dBm
- 135 Mbps UDP sustained throughput
- 5 μA power consumption in Deep-sleep
There are three Grove I2C connectors on the BC24. These are 3.3V I2C Grove connectors. More about Grove Connectors on www.switchdoc.com. Note that you can plug these into a Raspberry Pi. If you do, make sure that the on board ESP32 is not also accessing the I2C Bus. The BC24 or the Raspberry Pi will need to be the slave. There are numerous programs available on the net for both of these devices. SCL and SDA both have 10KOhm Pullups to 3.3V.
Connect The BC24 Weather to Amazon Alexa
SwitchDoc Labs has connected a variety of their products to the Amazon Alexa system. You can learn how to connect the Raspberry Pi to Alexa here.
SwitchDoc is building the software for the BC24 to connect it up to Alexa. For what? We don't know yet. But we will have fun figuring it out.