MMMM: Monitoring Motion

photo by peej

That time is once again upon us! This coming Monday, October the 10th, is our second installment of the Monthly Monday Microcontroller Madness series!


This month’s workshop will feature the concept of motion sensing in relation to microcontrollers. We’ll be taking a look at passive infrared sensors (PIR) for motion detection, ultrasonic range finders for distance measuring, and even looking at how to integrate a webcam into your Arduino project for motion analysis. These sensors and techniques are great for adding to your Halloween projects (wink, wink).


In addition to talking about motion, we will be offering our usual advice and guidance to those currently working on projects, or looking where to get started. All skill levels are welcome and we look forward to seeing you on Monday!


UPDATE: Here’s a link to the Arduino Reference page for the Parallax ultrasonic sensor and a code page for the Parallax PIR.

Manufacturer information can be found here and here, respectively.

4 Replies to “MMMM: Monitoring Motion”

  1. PJ .. any chance you could post some links to the PIR and ultrasound units? I’d like to take a peek at maybe whipping up something for the TIWrap library to help get MSPs talking to said devices …

    Great topic, great photo, excellent use of alliteration

  2. 🙂 I’m trying to keep the M’s going as long as possible. Let’s see how long we can keep it up!

  3. Jack,
    I’ve got it set up as the second Monday of the month at the moment, but it’s not set in stone. That was just arbitrarily set because the first one we did happened to fall on the second Monday, and I just repeated the event with Google calendar.

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