Looking Outwards – Components and Sensors (Hunter Young)

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https://learn.adafruit.com/ir-breakbeam-sensors

These are IR sensors called breakbeam sensors. They act as an invisible, electronic tripwire. I could use these to make a light path for instance. I could connect these with long strips of LEDs and have them line a small walkway so that when someone begins to walk on it it would light up.

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https://learn.adafruit.com/adafruit-mics5524-gas-sensor-breakout

This sensor can detect several gases, however it can’t tell which one is present. This would be useful in a chemistry setting. I could make a sensor that someone could keep around so that when they are working in the lab they would be able to be notified if a toxic gas became present.

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https://www.sparkfun.com/products/13322

This is a soil moisture sensor. I could use this to make something similar to a project I saw at a hackathon. Someone made moisture sensors and used a program to convert the signals into different audio clips allowing the plants to “communicate” with you.

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