For engineers, PIC microcontroller has been a godsend. Most often this is the choice of microcontroller for project implementation. We compiled a list of 20 PIC microcontroller projects ideas for electronics engineers. The projects range from alarm clock to implementing IoT ideas.
Table of contents:
- PIC microcontoller projects: LEDs
- Temperature sensor based PIC microcontroller projects
- PIC microcontroller project ideas: IoT & smart living
PIC microcontroller projects: LED
Mood Lighting using LED
We have mod lightings from a lot of vendors in the market. However a problem with a majority is the affordability and no repair post damage. This project shows use of either 5mm LEDs or the square bodied Superflux / Piranha style LEDs. The circuit uses bipolar transistors rather than MOSFETs making it suitable for novice constructors. This project is also available as a kit with all parts required to assemble the PCB including the superflux LEDs.
This Project is available at: Mood lighting using LED
LED cube matrix
The cube described on this page uses a 5 x 5 x 5 matrix of single colour LEDs. This is a good size to experiment with as the number of LEDs required at 125 keeps the cost down. It also doesn’t take too long to assemble and just fits onto a eurocard sized PCB. The power requirement is under 1 amp. Also the use of just one colour keeps the hardware and software fairly simple.
This project is available at: LED cube matrix
This project is about a similar LED dice but with a slightly different output form. It uses 6 LEDs arranged in a circular pattern. They create a chasing effect when the dice is rolled. The chasing effect slows down gradually, and eventually stops at one of the six LEDs. The rolling is done by a gentle shaking of the dice horizontally. The LED dice is powered with a 3V coin cell battery and uses PIC12LF1822 microcontroller. It generates a random number and drives the output LEDs.
This project is available at: LED dice
Emergency Vehicle LED Light
This project describes a low-component count Emergency Vehicle LED Light circuit. These can be used for capturing the attention of (or warning) drivers and pedestrians. Lighting gadgets kindle an instant response making people look up and pay attention. An important consideration when a matter of moments can mean life or death in an emergency. The bright LEDs ensure the vehicle is clearly visible, even in harsh weather conditions.
This project is available at: Emergency Vehicle LED Light
3 LED Bike Light
This next PIC microcontroller project is based on a PIC10F200 microcontroller running on a supply of 2 to 5 volts. In standby mode it consumes a current of less than 1µA making it perfect for battery powered operation. It uses three individually driven high brightness LEDs. A push button turns the light on/off and changing operating modes when on.
This project is available at: 3 LED Bike Light
PIC microcontroller projects: Temperature monitoring
Alarm clock-cum-temperature indicator
This PIC microcontroller (MCU) based easy-to-construct gadget from EFY archives, combines a clock with a temperature indicator in the same display. The display uses four 7-segment common-anode LEDs. It shows the clock, and in every minute for five seconds the display alternates to show the temperature in °C. An alarm facility with buzzer is also provided.
This project is available at: Alarm clock-cum-temperature indicator
Digital Temperature Controller
Digital temperature controller is an essential instrument in the field of electronics, instrumentation and control automation for measuring and controlling temperatures. It can be used as much at homes as in industrial applications. Presented here is a low-cost microcontroller-based temperature controller. It can read and control temperatures in the range of zero to 1000ºC. Real-time temperature is displayed on its LCD screen. You can use it to control the temperature within the preset minimum and maximum range.
This project is available at: Digital Temperature Controller
Temperature Monitoring System
Temperature monitoring and control is important in industry environments. Sensors are widely used for measurement of temperature. A temperature sensor converts temperature into an equivalent voltage output, so here we use LM35 to do the task. This project describes a simple temperature measurement and display system based on LM35 sensor and PIC16F877A microcontroller. The temperature in degrees Celsius is displayed on a 16×2 LCD.
This project is available at: Temperature Monitoring System
Data logger using PIC12F683
This next PIC microcontroller project presents a data logger project based on PIC12F683 microcontroller. The microcontroller reads temperature values from a temperature sensor on a regular interval basis and stores them into its internal EEPROM memory. The recorded temperatures can be later transferred to a PC through serial interface.
This project is available at: Data logger using PIC12F683
PIC microcontroller projects ideas: IoT & smart living
IoT Wi-Fi Temperature-Logging System
Here is a temperature data-logging system based on PIC16F887 microcontroller (MCU), Wi-Fi and ThingSpeak application programming interface (API). ThingSpeak is an open source Internet of Things (IoT) application and API. It stores and retrieves data from things over the Internet. It enables you to collect, store, analyse, visualise and act on the data received from sensors or electronic circuits.
This project is available at: IoT Wi-Fi Temperature-Logging System
Automatic car parking system
Automatic car parking system is very good substitute for managing car parking area. This Automatic Car Parking enables the parking of vehicles-floor after floor and thus reducing the space used. Here any number of cars can be park according to requirement. These makes the systems modernized and even a space-saving one.
This project is available at: Automatic car parking system
Solar energy measurement
This project is designed to measure the energy of solar panels. In this project, you will get an idea how to measure solar energy using different sensors and pic microcontroller. Voltage sensor is used to measure a voltage of solar panel. Current sensor is used to measure current flowing to load from solar panel. Liquid crystal display is used to display the value of current, voltage and power of solar panel. 5 volt dc power provides operating voltages to microcontroller and liquid crystal display.
This project is available at: Solar energy measurement
GSM based notice board
This GSM based notice board uses PIC that is capable of displaying SMS received. You can specify what content that you would like to display on the noticeboard by the SMS. The main component of the GSM Notice board is PIC16F877A. The received message is displayed on the LCD display. At next SMS reception this is updated automatically. This is an intelligent noticeboard intended as electronics engineering projects for final year students.
This project is available at: GSM based notice board
Electronic Lock using PIC
Security is a prime concern in our day-today life. Everyone wants to be as much secure as possible. The microcontroller based digital lock for doors is an access control system. It allows only authorized persons to access a restricted area. An electronic lock or digital lock is a device which has an electronic control assembly attached to it. They are provided with an access control system. This system allows the user to unlock the device with a password.
This project is available at: Electronic Lock
Miscellaneous PIC microcontroller projects
A time-controlled switch is an automatic timer switch that turns an appliance ‘on’ for the desired time duration. After the preset time duration, the timer automatically switches off, disconnecting the appliance from the power supply. The time duration for the appliance can be set from 1 to 99 minutes. This switch obviates the need to continuously monitor the appliance—an advantage over the manual switch. Switching appliances in a timely manner increases the life and also saving on power consumption.
This project is available at: Time-Controlled Switch
A clap switch is a fun project for beginners. It switches on and off electrical appliances with a sound of clapping hands. This project is about making a simple clap switch that operates when it detects two clapping sounds in a row. It uses an electret microphone as a transducer. It converts a clapping sound into an electrical signal. The PIC12F683 microcontroller then performs ON/OFF switching actions.
This project is available at: Clap switch
A USB Interface
This tutorial builds a USB interface using a PIC18F4455 that shows up as a human interface device in windows. The interface should be able to send and receive commands from the USB host on the laptop computer. Specifically: The USB should be able to toggle some LEDs on and off, recognize when a switch is pressed and visualize the value of a variable resistor, trimpot.
This project is available at: PIC USB Interface
Ultrasonic distance meter
The PIC Ultrasonic distance meter works by transmitting a short pulse of sound at a frequency inaudible to the ear (ultrasonic sound or ultrasound). Afterwards the microcontroller listens for an echo. The time from transmission to echo reception lets you calculate the distance from the object. The project uses 5 standard transistors to receive and transmit the ultrasound. A comparator sets the threshold echo detection level.
This project is available at: Ultrasonic distance meter
Control system for greenhouse
Greenhouse intelligent control system is designed to protect the plants from more cool and hot weather. Additional control system is included to save power. This makes fans and lights automatically turn on and off with the help of intelligent control system. In this project, an intelligent control system is developed using microcontroller and sensors.
This project is available at: Control system for greenhouse
Line follower robot is usually made at university level makes students familiar with the field of robotics. It is not possible to make a practical robot at university level. International robotics club encourages students to make simple robots to begin. The common ones are line follower robot, obstacle avoided robot, metal detection robot. These help in getting basic understanding of practical robots.
This project is available at: Line Follower
Do you have any PIC microcontroller projects that you would like to see here? Or do you have any PIC microcontroller projects ideas that you would like to get featured on this list? Let us know at [email protected].