A relative was recently diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. There was a
need to be able to alert a caregiver (in another room) day or night when a need arises.

I bought a smoke detector and a remote control switch in the evening (overnight from Amazon) and designed/printed and assembled the box the next day. Push the button and power comes on the box, which causes the smoke detector buzzer to sound.

For power, I used a 9 volt wall wart (8.4 volts actually). This was a salvaged power supply from an old video camera which had died. I always save the power supplies from dead electronics for future projects.

Step 1:

Remove the buzzer/electronics from a smoke detector.

Step 2:

Find the test switch and (on the back) close the open terminals with a permanent solder connection.

Step 3:

Print the box and lid using the files given here.

You can also have the box printed locally by finding someone using http://www.3dhubs.com

Step 4:

Solder the wires from the power supply (I used a power supply "rescued" from dead electronics).

Step 5:

Place the buzzer inside the box.

Step 6:

Close the lid and plug the power supply cord into the remote control switch receiver.

I used this:


Push the "on" button on the battery powered on/off switch. This will supply power to the call box and the LOUD alarm will start beeping within a few seconds.

<p>Good idea, thanks for sharing.</p>

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