Coqui conductivity sensor
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## What Does It Do? **The Coqui: a simple device to read a sensor via an audible tone.** We're exploring using audio frequencies to convey sensor readings -- like a modem, but even simpler -- in order to make sensor readings more accessible for people (or to enable data transmission over ubiquitous audio jacks on PCs and smartphones). ## Latest version The [latest and simplest version of the Coqui](/notes/warren/03-01-2019/build-a-sound-generating-coqui-conductivity-sensor) can be seen in the following images. This version differs from [the previous](/notes/ashkaya/09-17-2016/build-a-coqui-a-simple-water-conductivity-sensor) in a few ways: * smaller, cheaper circuitboard (breadboard) * fewer wires * flatter wires which make it easier to see the circuit However, the circuit is fundamentally the same! Click these images to enlarge: [![IMG_20190123_111639_270.jpg](/i/28988?size=medium)](/i/28988?size=original) [![IMG_20190118_205609_421.jpg](/i/32338?s=m)](/i/32338?s=o) ## Assemble the Coqui Here are a few guides to building different versions of the Coqui: [notes:grid:activity:coqui] ## Coqui versions The Coqui has been refined, remixed, and modified plenty over the years. [activities:coqui-version] ## Modify the Coqui [activities:coqui-mods] ## Do something with the Coqui Once you've built a Coqui, here are a few things you can do with it: [notes:grid:activity:coqui-usage] Add an activity or request an activity guide you don't see listed **** ## Frequently Asked Questions [questions:coqui] **** [![coquibb.JPG](https://i.publiclab.org/system/images/photos/000/007/410/medium/coquibb.JPG)](https://i.publiclab.org/system/images/photos/000/007/410/original/coquibb.JPG) A Coqui is a simple, inexpensive, open source device that generates an audible tone that is based on any electric resistance-based measurement. For example, a Coqui can measure: * conductivity of liquids * temperature * ambient light ## Build a Coqui Instructions on the breadboard-based "BBv1.0" edition of the Coqui can be found here: http://publiclab.org/notes/donblair/09-30-2014/coqui-bbv1-0 ### Notes - The github repo for a more permanent printed circuit board version of the coqui is [here](https://github.com/OpenWaterProject/coqui) The Coquí is a circuit that allows you to 'hear' the readings from various sensors. Once the Coquí is assembled, you'll be able to 'hear' the conductivity of a solution, the temperature of a room, or the color of a pH test strip. The design was named (onomatopeically) after the several species of small frogs which have a loud, distinctive call at night. ### Demo Coqui applications - [Testing the conductivity of a solution](http://publiclab.org/notes/donblair/09-30-2014/coqui-bbv1-0-testing-conductivity-of-a-solution): - [Reacting to an LED with sound](http://publiclab.org/notes/donblair/09-30-2014/coqui-bbv1-0-reacting-to-an-led-with-sound): - [Assessing ambient light levels](http://publiclab.org/notes/donblair/09-30-2014/coqui-bbv1-0-assessing-ambient-light-with-a-photoresistor): - [Assessing temperature with a thermistor](http://publiclab.org/notes/donblair/09-30-2014/coqui-bbv1-0-using-a-thermistor-as-a-temperature-probe): - [Sending water quality voicemails with a coqui using vojo.com](http://publiclab.org/notes/donblair/09-10-2014/water-quality-coqui-voicemails): [![water-vmail.png](https://i.publiclab.org/system/images/photos/000/007/409/medium/water-vmail.png)](http://publiclab.org/notes/donblair/09-10-2014/water-quality-coqui-voicemails) ### Building your own Coqui - [Coqui BBv1.0](http://publiclab.org/notes/donblair/09-30-2014/coqui-bbv1-0): a breadboarded version of the Coqui ### Building Coqui sensors - Making a conductivity probe from a [bottle cap and two metal screws](http://publiclab.org/notes/donblair/09-30-2014/making-a-diy-conductivity-probe-from-a-water-bottle-and-metal-screws) ## Parts list See the initial parts list here: #13459 and #11209 for a DigiKey shopping cart link at $19 per kit. And @kanarinka mentions: > there are a couple other things that are helpful to have that are not shown (like the probe made from the top of a water bottle with two screws in it and alligator clips to attach that to the breadboard) Scans of an invoice from DigiKey: [![Screenshot_2018-02-28_at_9.59.17_AM.png](https://publiclab.org/system/images/photos/000/023/760/large/Screenshot_2018-02-28_at_9.59.17_AM.png)](https://publiclab.org/system/images/photos/000/023/760/original/Screenshot_2018-02-28_at_9.59.17_AM.png) [![Screenshot_2018-02-28_at_9.59.46_AM.png](https://publiclab.org/system/images/photos/000/023/761/large/Screenshot_2018-02-28_at_9.59.46_AM.png)](https://publiclab.org/system/images/photos/000/023/761/original/Screenshot_2018-02-28_at_9.59.46_AM.png) ...


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imvec "Just noticed this jeff! Awesome! " | Read more » 9 months ago
alejobonifacio "Reading a little more I found that you could change the frequency of the PWM in arduino. I did not try to do this. " | Read more » 10 months ago
alejobonifacio "Hi! good question! The frequency of PWM of arduino is about 500hz. Is that enough for conductivity measurement? " | Read more » 10 months ago
stevie "Got it. I've had this coqui for about three years. I've used it probably 5 times. I didn't realize these things had a shelf life like that. Thank ..." | Read more » almost 3 years ago
silentsairam "@stevie : 1. 555 timer lifetime is close to 1000 hours with/without battery. 2. If the same electrodes have been used for all testing/analysis, s..." | Read more » almost 3 years ago
warren "Yeah, it works fine, it's a bit louder which is nice.  On Sun, Apr 7, 2019, 4:21 PM \<notifications@publiclab.org> wrote: Hi! You were ment..." | Read more » almost 4 years ago
Bronwen " Ah ha! Glad it's working out. We'll make a note that the timer might be the issue if you're getting noise, but not the RIGHT noise. In retrospect ..." | Read more » almost 4 years ago
stevie " Coffee's gone now. I've moved on to salt water :laughing: " | Read more » almost 4 years ago
zengirl2 " Wow so weird! Sometimes the legs can get bent on those--anyway, so glad it's working. You should post a video so we can hear the sound of the coff..." | Read more » almost 4 years ago
stevie " It was the timer!! I replaced it and it works now " | Read more » almost 4 years ago
zengirl2 " I'm still learning about how to know whether circuits can handle voltage, but so far it looks like the 555 timer probably is fine, but not sure ab..." | Read more » almost 4 years ago
stevie "Oh interesting. This is the only way I have to hook up a battery right now. Switched out the wires into the (yes Haha) coffee, still not working. ..." | Read more » almost 4 years ago
stevie " Hm.. yeah I've taken it apart and put it back together with new wires. Still not working " | Read more » almost 4 years ago
zengirl2 "Oh hey, what about voltage? I just remembered that we were using 2-AA batteries which would only be 3V and you are using a 9V. Can the chip handle ..." | Read more » almost 4 years ago
zengirl2 " I agree that your setup looks good. Of course you could test your battery to see if it's fresh. The only other thing besides making sure connectio..." | Read more » almost 4 years ago
Bronwen " I've experienced this before, and generally it's resolved when I went through and double checked and repositioned the wires-- it could be that som..." | Read more » almost 4 years ago
stevie " The black dot is in the right place. " | Read more » almost 4 years ago
warren "Hmm, it looks perfect compared to the one at #coqui. Is the little dot/depression on the black chip in the upper left position? Is it possible it's..." | Read more » almost 4 years ago
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warren " I made a https://p5js.org sketch of an equalizer -- you can also hover your mouse to see the frequency: https://editor.p5js.org/jywarren/sketches..." | Read more » almost 4 years ago
warren " From a great suggestion from @mimiss I dug up an EQ or equalizer visualization from p5js.org: https://p5js.org/examples/sound-frequency-spectrum...." | Read more » almost 4 years ago
warren "Noting here, a couple ways to approach analyzing Coqui audio data: https://publiclab.org/notes/imvec/06-11-2018/analizing-the-signal-of-the-coqui-..." | Read more » about 4 years ago
Ag8n " You can buy the instruments with a microprocessor attached. All you have to do is take a syringe, put the liquid in the glass tube, and it will r..." | Read more » about 4 years ago
Bronwen " Oh wow, thanks! This is really helpful, I'll look into the tuning fork method. " | Read more » about 4 years ago