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BaroSensor Library

This is an Arduino Library for the Freetronics BARO module, which is based around the Measurement Specialties MS5637-02BA03 Altimeter/Pressure sensor.

For help downloading and installing this Library, see our guide How to Install Arduino Libraries.

For a simple example sketch that prints the temperature and pressure, launch Arduino IDE and choose File -> Examples -> BaroSensor -> SimpleBaro.

Known Issues

  • When using Arduino Due or compatible under Arduino 1.5, up to and including version 1.5.6, the Wire library does not return error codes for bad i2c communications. This is not a problem on other AVR-based Arduinos. On the Due platform you should check responses to make sure they're within expected ranges. We expect this bug to be fixed in the next Arduino 1.5 beta release after 1.5.6.

All Available Functions

begin()

Usage:

BaroSensor.begin()

Call this in the setup() part of your sketch to initialise the BARO module. If the module later returns any errors for some reason, calling begin() again will reset it.

getTemperature()

Takes a temperature reading and returns it.

Function signature:

float getTemperature(TempUnit scale = CELSIUS,
                     BaroOversampleLevel level = OSR_8192);

Basic Usage:

float temp = BaroSensor.getTemperature();

Advanced Usage:

 float temp = BaroSensor.getTemperature(FAHRENHEIT, OSR_1024);

Arguments:

  • scale default to CELSIUS but can be set to FAHRENHEIT if needed.
  • level specifies the oversampling level of the sensor. Higher oversampling means higher accuracy but a slower reading. OSR_8192 is the default and gives highest accuracy, however a temperature reading takes 17 milliseconds. OSR_256 is the lowest accuracy, a temperature reading takes 1 millisecond. Intermediate values are OSR_512, OSR_1024, OSR_2048, OSR_4096.

Returns

Either the temperature value as a floating point number, or NAN (not a number) if an error occurred.

getPressure()

Takes an air pressure reading and returns it

Function signature:

float getPressure(BaroOversampleLevel level = OSR_8192);

Basic Usage:

float temp = BaroSensor.getTemperature();

Advanced Usage:

 float temp = BaroSensor.getTemperature(FAHRENHEIT, OSR_1024);

Arguments

  • level specifies the oversampling level of the sensor. Higher oversampling means higher accuracy but a slower reading. OSR_8192 is the default and gives highest accuracy, however a pressure reading takes 34 milliseconds. OSR_256 is the lowest accuracy, a pressure reading takes 2 milliseconds. Intermediate values are OSR_512, OSR_1024, OSR_2048, OSR_4096.

Returns

Either the pressure value as a floating point number (mbar), or NAN (not a number) if an error occurred.

getTempAndPressure()

This function allows you to read both temperature and pressure in one pass. This saves some overhead because a call to getPressure() has to read the temperature as well, but this value is not usually returned.

Execution time is roughly the same as the getPressure function.

The temperature and pressure variables are passed in as pointers to the function. The result of the function is a boolean value, true for success.

Function Signature

 bool getTempAndPressure(float *temperature,
                         float *pressure,
                         TempUnit tempScale = CELSIUS,
                         BaroOversampleLevel level = OSR_8192);

Basic Usage

float temp;
float pressure;
if(!BaroSensor.getTempAndPressure(&temp, &pressure) {
  Serial.print("Error: ");
  Serial.println(BaroSensor.getError());
} else {
  Serial.print("Temp: ");
  Serial.println(temp);
  Serial.print("Pressure: ");
  Serial.println(pressure);
}

isOK() / getError()

Function Signatures:

bool isOK();
byte getError();

Basic Usage:

if(!BaroSensor.isOK()) {
  Serial.print("Sensor error occurred. Error number: "); 
  Serial.println(BaroSensor.getError());
  BaroSensor.begin(); // Try to reinitialise the sensor if we can
}

Returns

isOK() returns true if the sensor is working properly (after begin() has been called.) In this working state, getError() will return zero.

getError() can otherwise return any of these error values:

  • 0 = No error, sensor working fine.
  • 2 = Received NACK on transmit of address (sensor may not be connected/powered properly.)
  • 3 = Received NACK on transmit of data (sensor connections may not be good enough quality.)
  • 4 = Other "Wire" library i2c error.
  • -3 = begin() hasn't been called yet.
  • -2 = Failed to read back values from sensor (sensor connections may not be good enough quality.)
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