I've been having some issues with my refrigerator lately, and so I've been imagining some kind of temperature logging system.
I want it to log the temperature every 5(?) seconds, door open/close events, and compressor start/stop.
Having little to no electronics experience, my head said the following:
- Arduino-ish controller (or .NET CF, since I know C# best)
- Amp-clamp thing around the power cable to register the compressor on/off (and some way to connect it to the Arduino
- Photoresistor(?) to register the light on/off (for registering door open/close)
- Some kind of temperature sensor of course (maybe multiple sensors for several zones in the fridge. Possibly with 2 decimal points of accuracy?)
The best would be to log to a web server using some kind of wireless networking (WiFi-shield?), but logging to an SD card could also be a possibility.
What kind of hardware would you recommend for this? And could it be a good "noob"-project?