Party Popper Alarm Clock

Introduction: Party Popper Alarm Clock

About: I can't be the only person who spend their whole time making stuff and then never using it?!

Party Popper Alarm Clock - More information

Instead of some litte beeps or squeaks this alarm sets off a party popper, guaranteed to wake you with a start!

The base and clock circuitry come from a "Flying Alarm Clock". Originally when the alarm was on a motor would be set high, now the input is into a Picaxe microcontroller. When the Picaxe detects the input is high it sends a signal to a servo that moves from one extreme position to another. The servo is connected by a chain to a crocodile clip that is connected  to the string of the party popper.

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    9 Discussions

    Definitely thought it said party pooper…

    cool but one question do the wires have to stay connected after it is off if not I would just lick my finger an and use it to connect the wires when I really don't want to get up always keep an alarm clock far enough away that you need to get out of bed to turn it off

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    sorry I am not quite sure what you're asking. The push button turns the alarm off and has to be pressed once it has gone on.

    The switch turns the power off for the servo and microcontroller when you just want it as a clock.

    The wires could have been made much shorter or even have the buttons built into the case. They are long because that's what I wanted. That's the beauty of making things for yourself!

    I would forget about the thumb tack....  At the moment I manage to get up, other mornings its hard.