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Offline ib1yysguyTopic starter

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"Slot" IR Sensor. What the heck?
« on: February 04, 2009, 03:54:22 PM »
I've done some looking and have searched the forum without any luck, so I hope I'm not duplicating some other discussion.

John mentions in his encoder tutorial the use of "slot" IR sensors and has the following picture:



I can't find anything resembling that IR sensor anywhere one would commonly expect to find these things. Does anyone have any idea where to get one?

I assume the advantage is that it's shielded so you don't have to use tinfoil and electrical tape. Besides, it just looks nifty.

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Re: "Slot" IR Sensor. What the heck?
« Reply #1 on: February 04, 2009, 04:03:01 PM »
Robots are awesome!

Offline ib1yysguyTopic starter

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Re: "Slot" IR Sensor. What the heck?
« Reply #2 on: February 04, 2009, 04:11:02 PM »
One more question - if one were to rotate a wheel or a fan through this thing, is there any way to determine which direction (clockwise/counterclockwise) it's rotating?

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Re: "Slot" IR Sensor. What the heck?
« Reply #3 on: February 04, 2009, 04:13:42 PM »
One way is to just have two of them stacked on top of each other, so you can determine the direction based on which one sees the fan thing first.

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Re: "Slot" IR Sensor. What the heck?
« Reply #4 on: February 04, 2009, 04:15:56 PM »
Seems so obvious now. Thanks.

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Re: "Slot" IR Sensor. What the heck?
« Reply #5 on: February 15, 2009, 04:47:36 AM »
I bought it at mouser.com (or was it digikey.com can't remember)

 


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