Widget Sensor Housings

I want to deploy widgets around the home, both inside and out, so I needed to find something that would allow some protection from the environment to the electronics, cheaply and easily.

On the weekend while doing some shopping I found the solution in the kitchen area of the local discount store, at $1.50 a piece it was the right fit for the job. They probably won’t like U/V in the long run, but will see how they go, at that price I can replace cheaply.

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Waterproof/Dustproof housing with easy access to the internals.

This will be the standard node housing. The widget Boards and battery pack are fixed via velcro so I can easily remove for reprogramming etc.

I still need to look at airflow of sorts for temperature, humidity and pressure sensors, will probably look at putting a couple of small vents in, this will compromise the waterproofing.

To mount these I can put some velcro on the back and mount it on any horizontal or vertical surface.

Widget waterproof Housing


Open and showing details of SMA pigtail connection, batteries (x2 AA side mounted) and widget board velcroed to the container (personality board removed)

Widget Waterproof Housing Detail


Same as above, but this is for my outside sensor nodes where I’ve mounted a Solar Cell sealed on the outside, I did some initial testing and there was a filtering effect of the plastic lid and the cell, so I decided to put the cell on the outside to get maximum efficiency, it was a pretty messy job after I used silastic to seal everything, the cell now has a smear of silicone haze across it that is appearing very difficult to remove. So in future I think I’ll live with the slight degraded Cell performance and mount it inside, where it fits perfectly, that way I can use a couple of blobs of hot glue to fix the cell to the lid.

Solar Powered Widget

3 thoughts on “Widget Sensor Housings

  1. Lovely case. I ended up with a similar setup but with everything tied to the cover for easy connection while still attached: just pop the lid, I mean case:


    This was for inside use, hence the cutouts. For outside use, I’d use cutouts on the bottom (whichever side that is) and place the components at the upper end – that way moisture quickly gets out once it gets in. Which it will.

  2. thanks.

    Yes I was looking at putting the vents in the bottom/rear and have been thinking of ways to keep out the spiders/ants etc for the outside one, probably a little bit of fly mesh over the hole.

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