Rice Cooker Temperature Measurements Using Arduino and Python

In this blog post, I want to document how I setup a measurement of the temperature in my rice cooker during cooking.

I've owned a rice cooker since living in Japan and always enjoyed using it. But so far, I've only got a very basic understanding of its inner workings. To learn more about it, I thought that it would make for an interesting project to use an Arduino board with a temperature sensor and just put it inside the cooker during cooking. Below is a writeup of what ensued.

Arduino setup

The Arduino setup I've used is pretty simple, based on my Sparkfun Inventor's kit. I've built the circuit that connects the TMP36 sensor to one of the Arduino's analog port and sends the measured temperature (in degrees C) to the serial port.

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from IPython.display import Image
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