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Miami maker Marc DeVidts made this Star-Trek-style sliding door for his house. What do you think, readers, would a motion sensor be an advantage? While authentic to the show, I could see it being more annoying than helpful.

John Baichtal

My interests include writing, electronics, RPGs, scifi, hackers & hackerspaces, 3D printing, building sets & toys. @johnbaichtal nerdage.net


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  1. Phalstar says:

    This is pretty sweet, although it would be nice to not have to touch a button, especially if your hands are full.

    I would recommend having a floorplate as a button, similar to older grocery store entrances. Then also use motion sensitivity to make sure all movement through the door has been completed, rather than using it to open the door since simple movement in the room would cause random door openings and thus noise.

    Two other random ideas would be to have voice commands, “Computer, Open Door”
    The other is to have video camera that would recognize facial movement towards the door. Maybe implementing a combinations of the homebrew efforts with the Kinect would make this possible.

    Very neat idea!

    Do this with two bookshelves to reveal a secret room!

  2. Dave says:

    Camera and facial recognition would be awesome, even introducing some level of security.

    All that would be missing is a random (<1% ?) fail, to simulate inattentive grips!

  3. e lottery says:

    man they would go amazing in my house!!! hehe loving your site….

    John

  4. John T says:

    A very cool project, everyone needs their own Star Trek doors!
    One issue I can see with this, even if it is minor is safety. I may have missed this somewhere in the documentation, but what is there in place in terms of safety to prevent someone being hurt by it closing? The one scenario that comes to mind is the user is at home alone and has some sort of issue resulting in them lying on the floor between the doors unable to move (Hope this is never the case!). What is in place to stop the doors closing on the unfortunate user? It may be that there is not enough pressure in the system to close it on a person to do any harm, but what about children or the elderly? While I’m sure we all hope this scenario never happens, it would be nice to see some sort of sensor attached to it to stop it closing if there is an obstruction. Something as simple as an IR distance sensor could provide a guide to something in the way while the door is closing. Just a thought

  5. Alan Parekh says:

    Cool doors, exactly what every mad scientist needs on the entrance to his/her lab! I am sure this would provide at least 10% inspiration. :)