What is Data Streamer?

Modernize your classroom with live data to transform how students model modern scientific and engineering practices.  

Do you want to measure wind speed from an anemometer? Model the impact of the brain colliding with the skull?  Determine the electroconductivity of a solution? Excel’s Data Streamer add-in supports capturing, visualizing, and analyzing real-time sensor data in Excel.   

Data Streamer empowers students with a simple way to move data from the physical world in-and-out of Excel’s powerful digital canvas.  With a sensor, a microcontroller, and Excel, Data Streamer introduces students to the worlds of data science, and the internet of things (IoT).   

A diagram of how real-time data flows in and out of Excel's Data Streamer add-in.

Note: Data Streamer is available for free to all Microsoft 365 subscribers. If you are a Microsoft 365 subscriber, make sure you have the latest version of Office

How it works

Data Streamer is a two-way data transfer for Excel that streams live data from a microcontroller into Excel, and sends data from Excel back to the microcontroller.

To get data from a sensor into an Excel workbook, connect the sensor to a microcontroller that is connected to a Windows 10 PC.  Excel’s Data Streamer add-in also needs to be enabled, and a workbook needs to be opened.  

Follow these steps to start streaming real-time data in Excel:

  1. Enable the Data Streamer add-in

  2. Flash code and connect a microcontroller to your PC

  3. Build a sensor or use one you already have

  4. Connect the sensor and microcontroller

  5. Open a custom Excel workbook for the sensor

  6. Start streaming real-time data

Data Streamer settings

Data Streamer workbooks can be customized to fit your needs. To change how data is displayed and other user interface settings, use these links: 

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