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Uploading data from RPi SenseHat to Thingspeak via python script
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June 21, 2017
1:14 pm
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Dear fellow coders, i'm trying to upload temperature data from my RPi sensehat -> Thingspeak channel. I copied the scripts from the internet and tried to integrate them together. I executed the Python script on Putty terminal, the printed temperature looks ok, hovering between 29-30 degrees C but when displayed on thingspeak, it shows up as werid numbers like 4 or 6 degrees C.

Greatly appreciate your advice! Thank you!


#!/usr/bin/env python


import httplib, urllib

import time

sleep = 3

key = '...'


def thermometer():


from sense_hat import SenseHat


sense = SenseHat()



tmax = 40

tmin = tmax - 8


while True:

temp = sense.get_temperature()

#-----rd off temp to 2 d.p.-----

temp = round(temp,2)


temp = int(temp) - tmin

for x in range(0, 8):

for y in range(0, temp):

sense.set_pixel(x, y, 255, 0, 0)

for y in range(temp, 8):

sense.set_pixel(x, y, 0, 0, 0)


params = urllib.urlencode({'field1': temp, 'key':key })

headers = {"Content-typZZe": "application/x-www-form-urlencoded","Accept": "text/plain"}

conn = httplib.HTTPConnection("api.thingspeak.com:80")



conn.request("POST", "/update", params, headers)

response = conn.getresponse()

print temp

print response.status, response.reason

data = response.read()



print "connection failed"



#sleep for desired amount of time

if __name__ == "__main__":

while True:





June 22, 2017
9:24 am

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I think I see part of the problem.

Following these lines in your code:

tmax = 40

tmin = tmax - 8

Then tmin = 32.

temp = int(temp) - tmin #.....or temp=30 - 32

For temps such as 29-30, you would get a temp of -2 to -3 when you post to ThingSpeak.  This doesn't explain the values of 4 or 6, except if your variable type for temp is unsigned, but it explains some of the difference (rounding could explain more).  Generally ThingSpeak is pretty literal about what it does with your data, so I wouldn't usually look there if I see a wrong format of my data, as long as you get a success response after your post.

Good luck with your project!

June 23, 2017
2:24 am

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I suspect the previous poster is correct- you are messing up the value of temp before you send it to thingspeak. Either save a copy of the variable or move the section where you send to thingspeak before you update the pixels.


If that doesnt work you could also try printing out the value of params to make sure you are sending what you think you are sending


print temp

print params

print response.status, response.reason

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