Controlling the Humidity with an Embedded Linux System

Using an inexpensive embedded Linux board and a few extra devices, you can control things like room humidity.

The humidity controller (Figure 6) has been keeping my music room within a humidity range that makes my Carlos Pina classical guitar quite happy (Figure 7). The work involved to build the system was a real pleasure. But the best part is sitting down to play the opening arpeggios in Bach's Prelude and hearing the notes ring true without retuning my guitar. It not only makes me smile, but I think it would make Bach smile as well.

Figure 6. Completed Humidity Controller with Humidifier and Dehumidifier Connected

Figure 7. Carlos Pina Classical Guitar

Jeffrey Ramsey has been an embedded developer his entire career, and when not pouring through Linux kernel and driver source code, he can be found plucking a guitar. Jeffrey can be contacted at



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I really couldn't understand

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I really couldn't understand what a amancaes is?? what does if do anyways?? i could only understand that it indicates a very much greater degree of humidity, than at a corresponding height at Iquique, but how does it do that. Is an Amancaes also similar to Humidifier Filters. If this is so then why not keep a humidifier instead of a Amancaes. doesn't the both work same way.


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Yes an amancaes is an ingenious device that can automatically control humidity - not only local humidity, but humidity in any other part of the world, remotely. It does this using the Iquique height factor to convert local humidity control (i.e. Linux kernel version/distribution) into remote humidifier filter command words. It is frankly one of the keys to Darwin's entire theory of natural selection, based on humidity and moss observation.