CC2541 SensorTag

I wanted something to play with over the winter months. So I decided to purchase this little device from Texas Instruments, at $25 including shipping it’s a steal.

It connects to your iPhone via Bluetooth 4 and offers a wide range of sensors (see below)

I plan to use this over the winter months to monitor the temperature and humidity of my beehives and to see how covering hive affects conditions inside.

It’s gonna be a great new world when these button sized sensors are somewhat weatherproof and priced around five dollars a pop and I can grab the relative data while walking around the hives. Maybe someday we could monitor for Giant Hornet Attacks and then send SMS to my phone. The gyroscope sensor would make good monitor to see if someone, or some animal is pestering your bees.

  • Accelerometer
  • Magnetometer
  • Gyroscope
  • IR temperature Sensor
  • Ambient temperature
  • Pressure Sensor (Barometer)
  • Humidity Sensor

A carbon dioxide, oxygen sensor would be nice too. But at $25 I really couldn’t ask for more.