I'm new to the Raspberry Pi so apologies if this question is basic. I would like to know if a sensor or bit of hardware has to be made to work with the Raspberry Pi or whether any sensor can be adapted to work with it.

I ask this as i would like to use the Raspberry Pi in conjunction with a wood moisture sensor but I have no idea whether this is possible or not.

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    Please add a link to the sensor to your question. What interface if any does this use, I am assuming this is an analog sensor, so at the least will need an ADC to work with the Pi. Oct 13, 2015 at 22:37
  • I'm thinking of using a protimeter of some sort. Something similar to this ebay.co.uk/itm/like/…
    – Geord359
    Oct 13, 2015 at 22:50
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    That is more a system than a sensor. I would check with the seller. I suspect it needs special hardware/software at the barrel end.
    – joan
    Oct 13, 2015 at 22:54
  • Thanks for the advice. For the time being, I'm going to use a wood moisture meter to monitor the dry rot manually. But I would like to find something similar that can be connected to the raspberry pi
    – Geord359
    Oct 15, 2015 at 8:57

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No, it doesn't have to be made for Raspberry Pi, it just has to be able to connect via USB or a GPIO pin using a supported protocol, such as I2C, SPI, UART, and standard RasPi GPIO. If you see this article here, you can theoretically use anything supported by Arduino as well.

However, if you tell me which sensor this is, I can give you exact information on comparability.

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