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Electronics Switch that triggers when someone blows on it

Discussion in 'Modding' started by bard, 24 Aug 2006.

  1. bard

    bard Modding isn't what it used to be

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    I am working with a design project at the moment. It is just a theoretical project, so I will not be making any circuits that work etc., but I need the name of a component (if it exists). The basic idea is a switch that triggers (let's say lights up an LED) whenever someone blows on it. It should be quite sensitive. Does such an electronic component exist? I would really like to know what it is called, as I need a name for it in the project description.

    Thanks :thumb:
     
  2. ElThomsono

    ElThomsono Multimodder

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    Blowing just generally in its direction?

    If you can convince them to blow down a tube a conventional pressure switch would be ideal.
     
  3. Warrior_Rocker

    Warrior_Rocker Holder of the sacred iron

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    someone else on here will know a componet that does that, but if you had a peice of metal that was on a really sensitive spring that would just touch another piece of metal, that would do the trick, something like tinfoil that bends really easy. Or a watermill type wheel that would turn when air was blown on it, and it could be light sensitive to movement sorta like a scroll wheel on a mouse.
     
  4. bard

    bard Modding isn't what it used to be

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    This component has to be placed in a really cramped space, so building watermills and springy things are generally out of the question :p
     
  5. cpemma

    cpemma Ecky thump

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    Use a thermal switch? CO2 level maybe OTT, humidity sensors maybe too slow. :lol:
     
  6. DarkInferno

    DarkInferno Minimodder

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    I had a project like this when I was a kid, for some electronic birthday candles I think, we used a mic. Adjust its sensitivity so general noise doesn't set it off but blowing on it will...

    if you've ever heard somebody blow on a mic it sounds like an explosion.
     
  7. ChromeX

    ChromeX Minimodder

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    Oooh thats quite clever never would have though of using a mic, I would have used a thermistor setup in a potential divider. I'd use a resistor that matches the thermistors resistance at room temp. Then if the therm is blown on that will alter its resistance etc
     
  8. Warrior_Rocker

    Warrior_Rocker Holder of the sacred iron

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    what exactly is the application of this project, seems any number of these things will work, pressure switches, microphones, or the thermistor...
     
  9. hydro_electric_655

    hydro_electric_655 Dremelly Dude

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    I was thinking mic myself. CO2 censor would work well. Iono what you doing with this device of stuff.
     
  10. dbone

    dbone What's a Dremel?

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    maybe off topic but what if you could use a switch that detect alcohol level ? i mean it will only power on if you already have some beers/wine (sry, im kinda courious).. lol, you won't have to worry about ur wife (who doesn't drink) or kid fooling around with ur pc.
     
  11. cpemma

    cpemma Ecky thump

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    The mike idea is the fastest-reacting IMO. Gas, humidity and temperature sensors will take a few seconds to do anything unless you have the sensitivity so high there's a risk of false alarms. And some electret microphone capsules are tiny.
     

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