Pyroelectric Motion Sensor

Pyroelectric Motion Sensor Front

Pyroelectric Motion Sensor Back

Pyroelectric (PIR) Motion Sensor's are what you'd find in a home burglar alarm or a motion sensitive light. The module shown is the HC-SR501, and it outputs a 3.3v pulse on the output pin whenever movement is detected (some units may be open drain, or output a pulse at the operating voltage). The length of this pulse is adjustable by one of the potentiometers on the unit, being about 2 seconds long at the minimum setting, and 5 minutes or more at the maximum setting (allowing it to control motion sensing lights without external components).

The HC-SR501 draws less than 50uA when it is on, which means it'll run off a battery for ages.

Connect as follows:

HC-SR501 Espruino
VCC VBAT (5v)
OUT A1
GND GND

Note: any GPIO pin will do for OUT

You can then easily trigger something to happen when movement is detected:

setWatch(function() {
  console.log("Movement detected");
}, A1, {repeat:true, edge:"rising"});

Specs

Specification Value
Input Voltage 4.5-20v
Output Voltage 0 (low), 3.3v (high)
Current Draw < 50uA

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