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i would like to make a switch like the one in mathmos Air Switch. i am not sure how to but could this be done. or is there some thing close that i can do? need it for a school project. thanks pyr0000

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Patrick Pending (author)2007-10-18

It would appear to be a little to complex for a school project. You could try making a beam controlled on/off switch or a proximity switch.

Here is the Mathmos Air Switch

Cheers,

Pat. Pending

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Goodhart (author)Patrick Pending2007-10-18

Yep, that is the one I was viewing too. Hmm, I wonder what would be the best way to go with a proximity switch: inductive sensing, or ....well definitely not sonic...hmmm.

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NachoMahma (author)2007-10-18
. According to the link Pat provided:

Operation
  • Airswitch is controlled by an invisible beam.
  • You are only operating the lamp when your hand is in the beam.
  • It is essential that you move your hand slowly, but not too slowly.

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Goodhart (author)2007-10-17

They call it an air switch, but I have to wonder if it is not really a motion detector, hmmm.

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