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Switch Control with Touch-Sensitive Input

2015-03-03 03:47  
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The objective of the circuit is to create touch switch control that is sensitive enough to detect the input to perform the desired output.

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The circuit’s operation provides the possibility of closing and opening the contacts of 12 V relay RL1. It can perform the desired functions by adding a conductive surface across the sensor plate to turn ON, for example, an equipment or appliance and be able to maintain power until the sensor plate is touched a second time. Other touch-sensitive switch is constructed on a copper-clad glass, epoxy-printed circuit board using components that are available at most electronic specialty stores.

A metal surface was used in this circuit as the part where it needs to be touched. The indication of the action and triggering of the relay RL1 will be shown using the redLEDD3 as the indicator. The design of the circuit is that it should be properly grounded and isolated from the AC power line. The metal surface of the touch sensor should be should be conductive enough to trigger the relay.

The circuit is being supplied by a 12 V source with the IC1 being supplied with 3.9 V of voltage drop. This is made possible by the combination of Zener diode D2 and resistor R5. The value of R1 can be changed to provide a better return of the signal.


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The theory behind this touch control switch is widely used not only for wheelchair-bound patients, like those with spinal cord injuries, but also for some persons with minimal motor strength and control. It can be used to provide control over conventional light fixtures which could utilize touch-sensitive relay and control all light fixtures and other common household appliances.


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