Touch Sensitive Floor Mats

I have one of those Halloween floor mats that when you step on them, it triggers a sensor that has it make a screaming noise. Is there anyway to hack this? It's annoying and I want to make use out of it.

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ampeyro8 years ago
i have a project exactly like that, this sumer i will post some instructables(one about this)
edfel019 years ago
well since its only a pressure switch u could make your own or u could cut out the noise and replace it with an alarm or something.
thatjawn (author) 9 years ago
ill toy with it later, but It wont be used to keep people from sneaking out, becuase thats my job :P
Goodhart9 years ago
If you could replace the voice (whichever IC is being used) with one of your own making, you could have a really nice break in deterrent (think about it.....first a scream, then the words "Oh NO! KILLER IS LOOSE AGAIN!" LOL)
It's probably just a momentary switch. I recently made one out of just some alluminum foil and paper (I'm making that with some other stuff for the DIY halloween! No touchy! lol).
A thought, if your version doesn't work well, try using that "anti-static" packaging foam. It is a bit conductive, and makes a neat, and not so overly sensitive switch. Good Luck.
Yes, it is a momentary switch, n.o., the trick is to get it to activate on all parts of a "welcome mat sized pad" :-)
theque9 years ago
lol thatd be hilarious, or you could even use it as a doorbell (but change the sound of course).
Goodhart theque9 years ago
Yes, a warning that someone is "up on the porch" (would have to be weather-proofed) or that someone is leaving (sneaking out), etc. and etc.