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Desktop Temperature

February 24th 2016

A microcontroller-powered temperature display for your desk!
A PICAXE microcontoller takes the temperature from a DS18B20 temperature sensor and, with the help of two shift registers, outputs it to two lovely 7-segment LED displays.
Shows the temperature in either centigrade (default) of fahrenheit (press the botton, top, during power-up to enable 'F mode)..
Usage Suggestions
it looks great on your desk at home or work. An ideal gift for anyone! Download the source code from the link below and customise it!
Latest build instructions here (PDF).
PICAXE source code


  • Great project that's fun to build and looks great on your desk!
  • Temperature display in centigrade or Fahrenheit

Powered by 3 1.5V AA batteries (battery box included) or separate 5V supply. Consumes ~60mA.

Kit Contents

  • High quality printed circuit board, 61.2mm x 61.9mm (PCB)
  • 1x PICAXE 08M2+ microcontroller (datasheet)
  • 2x 7-segment LED displays (datasheet) (red or blue)
  • 2x 74HC595 shift register ICs (datasheet)
  • 1x DS18B20 temperature IC (datasheet)
  • 2x 16 pin DIL sockets
  • 1x 8 pin DIL socket
  • 14x 330 ohm resistor
  • 2x 10k resistor
  • 1x 4.7k resistor
  • 3x 0.1uf capacitors
  • 1x SPST push switch
  • 1x SPST toggle switch
  • 1x screw terminal
  • 2x 22mm hex spacers
  • 2x M3 screws
  • 4x M3 washers





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