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beam-break detector

Discussion in 'Embedded' started by Marco Shaw, Feb 17, 2007.

  1. Marco Shaw

    Marco Shaw Guest

    I'm looking for recommendations on a beam-break detector. I'm looking for
    the simplest thing, as I only need to cover like 1 foot.

    Now would this normally work with a 'reflective device' on the other end?
    The reflective device can't be something too fragile, as items will be laid
    directly on it.

    I'm looking for something like a transmitter/receiver setup so I save on
    power consumption on the transmitter (in a very small space).
    Marco Shaw, Feb 17, 2007
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  2. Marco Shaw

    Jack Peacock Guest

    You might look at the Sharp GPY02 series of distance ranging IR reflectors.
    It's a 5V unit with matched IR diode and receiver. The output is a pulse
    proportional to the distance of the object, typically in the 20-40cm range.
    It also sees through some transparent plastics; I use it count objects
    moving through a plastic tube. No special reflector at the far end, though
    there are some limitations on contrast gradient.
    Jack Peacock
    Jack Peacock, Feb 17, 2007
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