Introduction: Turn Pedometer Into Manual Counter

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Ever have to count laps, or people, or anything else manually?

Here's how to convert a dollar store pedometer into a manual counter!

Step 1: Gather Your Materials

Dollar store pedometer

Miniature momentary SPST switch

Wire, hot glue

Step 2: Remove Screws From the Pedometer and Clip

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4 screws on the back, 2 inside for the clip

Step 3: Identify Spring and Weight, and Remove Them

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Step 4: Mark Site for Pushbutton Switch

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This shows the spring and weight removed.

Place an X on the unused area of the PCB to use as a guide to place another X on the back of the case where the switch will be located.

Step 5: Drill Hole for Switch

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Hole is 11/64".

Step 6: Hot Glue Switch to Inside of Case

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The push button of the switch should be in the hole you just drilled.

Apply ample hot glue to lock the switch in place.

Step 7: Tin the Wires, Battery Clip, and Spring Contact Point

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It helps to roughen up the sites to be soldered.

Step 8: Solder Wires to Switch and Contact Points

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Cut off excess from the switch leads so the case can be closed.

Step 9: Reassemble Case

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Notice that the push button may not protrude through the hole you made.

If so, you will need to add some height to the button (next step).

Step 10: Add Height to the Push Button

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I used self-stick bling from the dollar store; worked perfectly.

Count away!

Comments

BeachsideHank (author)2015-09-13

Actually, this is a pretty useful hack. If one were to use a reed switch instead of a pushbutton, then by affixing a magnet to a shaft, rotational speed can be calculated by count/ time simply by positioning the device close enough to actuate the switch.

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