Chapter 15 Using Sensors with Dataloggers

Data logging is the automatic collection and saving of information. Having the ability to automatically log a string of measurements and save them for later study and analysis can help transform you from an experimenter into a scientist.

Electronic data logging provides an enormous range of opportunities for amateur scientists. Back in the 1980s, I would connect a sensor to the joystick port of a PC like RadioShack’s Color Computer or IBM’s PCjr and write simple data logging programs in BASIC. When analog-to-digital interface boards became affordable, my logging became more sophisticated. Still, these methods required a computer dedicated solely to the logging operation.

Data logging changed dramatically ...

Get Forrest Mims' Science Experiments now with the O’Reilly learning platform.

O’Reilly members experience live online training, plus books, videos, and digital content from nearly 200 publishers.