Floor Mat Switches are greagt inputs for all kinds of projects. They can be used for basic security, home automation, foot traffic tracking, and more. The new Robotgeek Floor Switch Experimerinter's Kit comes with everything you need to connect a Floor Mat Switch to an Arduino based microcontroller and control lights, sounds, and external devices.
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This kit is capable of controlling and switching DC loads 1-24v. If you need to control 120v AC loads, don't forget to pick up a PowerSwitch Tail.
The Floor Mat Switch works by spacing two strips of metal apart with thin squares of foam in-between them every .75 inches. The pairs of metal strips are spaced out 2.5 inches from each other for the length of the mat. When someone steps on the mat their weight presses the two metal strips together creating a closed contact. All the strips are connected down both sides of the mat creating one large switch. The individual strips can be cut apart to create individual switches and the mat itself can be cut into pieces for placing the switches any where you wish around a room.
The Switch Floor Mat is a perfect low cost solution for monitoring large areas of floor space. The mat is most often used in security applications, but is also used for projects such as interactive arts, stage triggers for plays, animal behavior tracking, and more. The mat can be placed underneath carpeting and has a 60lb trigger weight.
This Kit will require you to solder wires to the floor mat switch. You may also need to solder extensions depending on what kind of external device you are trying to control.