Meridith’s Update – 4/6/16

I am moving on to the next  component of my project: a buzzer that is controlled by a triple-axis accelerometer which can detect tapping and a SparkFun pro micro. As I mentioned before, the small vibration motor can cause spikes in voltage that could potentially be dangerous for the microcontroller. I did some research and found this circuit as an example of how to build  in a filter to prevent that disaster from happening:

Screen Shot 2016-04-07 at 1.35.32 AM

From this website:

I’m in the process of collecting the materials I need to make it happen, like the diode and capacitor.

For the accelerometer, I have found a nicely organized library written for the ADXL 345 I have and it has made the code for the accelerometer pretty accessible. The Bildr blog tutorial introduced me to this library, which has handy methods for calling the different functions of the accelerometer including freefall, tap, double tap (seen above), and of course, change in angle.

Bildr tutorial with ADXL345 library:

So…. that’s working on its own. Now I just have to make it work with the motor. I am also drafting some versions of a 3D-printed casing for this component, and am especially concerned with creating a housing that will allow the motor to cause an audible amount of noise. This is supposed to be the percussive feature of my project, so the design of this piece must suit that raucous purpose by creating a space in which the motor will react against the material to create the sound.

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  • Glad to see your project is coming along nicely! You seem to have your electronics figured out so you’re set there. I know that the acoustic part of your project is very important, so definitely draft that carefully. Maybe you don’t want to limit the acoustics to just the design of the casing. There is a surprising amount of work put into the acoustics of vocal booths used to record music. They use a variety of tricks such as strategically placed wedged walls and special material (sometimes going as far to cater to the singer’s vocal range) that can abosrb and reflect different sound frequencies. Maybe if you integrated materials like that inside of the casing, you’d not only be able to make the noise of the motor audible, but you’d be able to fine-tune it too!


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