Eric Nam's Latest Project Clones the IKEA VINDSTYRKA Air Quality Monitor Onto an Espressif ESP32

Built using LVGL, this project mimics a custom segment-based LCD on a WT32-SC01 Plus development board.

Electronics YouTuber Eric Nam, also known as "That Project," has built an air quality monitor that might look familiar to IKEA shoppers — using, as it does, an Espressif ESP32 microcontroller and an LCD display to mimic the look of the company's VINDSTYRKA.

"I made a similar version of IKEA's air quality sensor, VINDSTYRKA, using [an Espressif] ESP32 and an environmental sensor," Nam explains. "What I wanted to do was create this UI [User Interface] design using LVGL. Not only that, I wanted to create a device that runs very similarly by connecting an environmental sensor."

Eric Nam's latest project takes inspiration from an IKEA device to put together a clean user interface for an air quality monitor. (📹: That Project)

IKEA's VINDSTYRKA launched as an upgrade to its earlier VINDRIKTNING air quality sensor, replacing the LED bar graph on the front with an segment-based LCD panel capable of displaying real-time PM2.5 particulate matter, total volatile organic compound (tVOC), temperature, and humidity readings.

In Nam's recreation, the custom LCD panel is swapped out for a color bitmap LCD — the WT32-SC01 Plus, specifically, which includes in its compact volume an Espressif ESP32-S3 microcontroller with Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) and Wi-Fi connectivity. It also includes support for LVGL and the LoyvanGFX graphics library, which is what Nam has used to painstakingly recreate IKEA's VINDSTYRKA UI — right down to mimicking the seven-segment numerical characters.

This cloned user interface isn't just for show, either: Nam's recreation includes an environmental sensor, connected to the ESP32 over the I2C bus, which reads in PM2.5 particulate matter, total volatile organic compound (tVOC), temperature, and humidity — just like IKEA's original.

More information is available in Nam's video above, with source code published to GitHub. The maker has promised a follow-up video, to be published on his YouTube channel, with more details about the sensor side of the project.

Gareth Halfacree
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