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April 07, 2013
by scootergarrett
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I got a Alcohol Gas Sensor and got some results last night. It’s very easy to wire up and use. Here is the basic circuit and code. circuit diagram

circuit pic


// Analog Sensor.c
// for NerdKits with ATmega328p
// scootergarrett
// Outputs raw data 0000-1024 for most recient A/D conversion from port PC0

// PC0 -- Analog input

#define F_CPU 14745600

#include <stdio.h>
#include <math.h>

#include <avr/io.h>
#include <avr/interrupt.h>
#include <avr/pgmspace.h>
#include <inttypes.h>

#include "../libnerdkits/io_328p.h"
#include "../libnerdkits/delay.h"
#include "../libnerdkits/lcd.h"
#include "../libnerdkits/uart.h"

volatile uint8_t OverFlowFlag = 0;

uint16_t adc_read(int port)
    ADMUX = port;
    ADCSRA |= (1<<ADSC);
    return (ADCL+(ADCH<<8));

void uart_write16(uint16_t x)
    // wait for empty receive buffer //
    while ((UCSR0A & (1<<UDRE0))==0);
    // send LSBF //
    UDR0 = x;

    // wait for empty receive buffer //
    while ((UCSR0A & (1<<UDRE0))==0);
    // send MSBL //
    UDR0 = *((char*)&x + 1);


int main()
    DDRB |= (1<<PB1);               // Make PC3 an output for testing

    // start up the Analog to Digital Converter
    ADMUX = 0;
    ADCSRA = (1<<ADEN) | (1<<ADPS2) | (1<<ADPS1) | (1<<ADPS0);
    ADCSRA |= (1<<ADSC);

    // start up the serial port
    FILE uart_stream = FDEV_SETUP_STREAM(uart_putchar, uart_getchar, _FDEV_SETUP_RW);
    stdin = stdout = &uart_stream;

    //Interrupt setup stuff
    TCCR1B |= (1<<CS12) | (1<<CS10) | (1<<WGM12);
    TIMSK1 |= (1<<OCIE1A);
    OCR1A = 1440;             //Interrupt timming 14400 is 1 second   36 is 400Hz

            PORTB  ^= (1<<PB1);


            OverFlowFlag = 0;

    return 0;

    OverFlowFlag = 1;

This code just sends raw data to the computer so my C program can grab and plot it as discussed Serial interface with basic C program. The sensor apparently needs 48 hours of on time before it takes reliable measurements. But if you take a bottle of gin and blow across the top towards the sensor it defiantly responds. Takes a long time to settle back. response

Future work includes extensive testing (don’t know how to calibrate without a real breathalyzer).

Adding code so a max can be recorded (and reset) then displayed on the LCD so I don’t need my computer in the testing zone.

Adding a buzzer that changes frequency with sensor response

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