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No, it doesn’t just cost 5 cents. This tilt sensor earns its name because it’s made out of a nickel and still really cheap (in a good way).

(via hackaday)

12 thoughts on “5 cent(ish) tilt sensor

  1. There’s a sensor that you can buy (I think Sharp make it) that’s a tiny plastic box with a tiny plastic bead inside it. The bead rolls about and breaks infra-red light beams, which gives an indication of orientation. They’re used in digital cameras to detect a “portrait” or “landscape” shot. Might be possible to make a DIY version of that?

  2. The Sharp GP1S36J0000F is about $2, and has two sensors that can be blocked by a tiny iron ball. (I have some, but haven’t actually had a chance to play with them.)

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