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Has anyone every added a sensor to their donation box ?!

 

My thought was to have a sensor inside the donation box and when someone makes a donation it would trigger a component of my display to turn on .. calling it our "Magical Donation Box".

 

I was thinking of a through beam sensor but am looking for something that is long to cover the full length of the opening.

 

Just curious if anyone has done / tried this before.

 

Dave

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Might be overkill but a motion sensor installed inside the box wired up to any LOR controller that is capable of running standalone would work great!

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I may be overthinking it but you can get an ultrasonic sensor to run off of an arduino board to set a trigger the microcontroller can be programmed to do anything you would like.

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Might be overkill but a motion sensor installed inside the box wired up to any LOR controller that is capable of running standalone would work great!

But would the motion sensor pick up bills of change being put in the box?

That is why I was thinking a through beam sensor.

Dave

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Most motion sensors will not pick up bills or change being put in the box. They are looking for the moving body heat of a person.

 

A photoelectric beam or a switch on a cover/door would work best.

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