Sensing Force – Adam Myers

Hey everyone,

Last week I got all the parts I needed to test out my force sensor and learned how to get it to work with a colored LED light. It is setup so that the more force that one puts on the sensor the more bright the light gets (these lights I had on me were just basic colored ones, so I couldn’t play with changing colors yet).  Here are some images and a video:

light on with force

no force no light (for my project, I will likely have some default light color/brightness however).

link to short video, since pictures make it hard to show the brightness changing:

For this week, I will try to focus on what lights I will be getting (such that I can change their color and could be placed under the lego platforms) and working on changing colors based on weights. If I complete this early I will try “testing” the lights with my prototype from last week to see how I can attach said lights to the platform in the best/most interesting looking way.

I welcome any suggestions in regards to the type of light(s) that would work best for this project.


3 Replies to “Sensing Force – Adam Myers”

  1. Glad to see you have the basic interaction and the arduino workflow working.
    I’d suggest you think about how to integrate the LEDs into your structure in such a way that they are integrated, or hidden so that we see illumination but not a bare LED. A single LED is capable of illuminating a fairly sizable area – perhaps a chamber/shape built of colored, translucent legos?

    1. Never thought about building around the LED like that, sounds like a great idea! And I did find more translucent legos so I can easily test this over the weekend with the LED(s) I currently have and see how well they work. Thank you!

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