Laser Doorbell

May 14, 2022 |  Author: Nic La |  Tags:  blog   computer   3D print  

Company had a light curtain collecting dust on a shelf. Thought I could put it to better use in my cube. I give you the Laser Doorbell. My eyes and my ears can be buried in my computer monitor and my music, respectively. I can be fully immersed in a task and not notice someone standing next to me. The Laser Doorbell makes it possible for visitors to my cube to politely grab my attention.

A light curtain is an electro-mechanical devices commonly used in manufacturing to safeguard personnel from potentially hazardous machine motion. In my application, I am the personnel and the visitors to my cube are the hazardous motion. Shame on them.

Light Curtain

The light curtain consists of a transmitter and receiver, one mounted on each side of my cubical entrance. These feed back to a small enclosure mounted on the underside of my desk. The light curtain is designed to work with a safety relay. Without it, the light curtain still has a normally closed output. Unobstructed, the output is high. Obstructed, the output is low. This logic is inverted using a normally closed relay. The light tower is connected to the relay output. Unobstructed, the light tower is off. Obstructed, the light tower is on.

Outside Enclosure

Inside Enclosure

Light Tower On

You may have noticed the light tower is mounted on a custom 3D printed bracket. This bracket is compatible with your standard VESA monitor mount. With dual monitor arms in my cube, this makes it easy to mount the light tower next to my single ultrawide monitor.


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