$1.50 Arduino TV Annoyer




Hey Arduino fans! Here is an ‘ible for making a device that turns TVs on when you want them off, and off then you want them on! If you hide it in something inconspicuous, it would make a great April Fools joke or gag gift.

And the best part is that the total parts cost is less than $1.50!! (Assuming that you already have an Arduino and the tools)

This is a contest entry for the LED Contest with Elemental LED, so if you like it, please tell your friends and rate it up! Thanks!

Arduino TV Annoyer




I know this is my first Instructable, but believe me, I have been working with electronics practically my whole life. I started up with Arduino about 6 months ago, and I’ve made at least 150-200 different projects, and I’ve also created a ton of other original things with Arduino and other microcontrollers. I even built my own computer, so you know I’m not messing around. 🙂

Step 1: Parts list

Here are the things you will need for this project. I have included the Mouser link and the price next to the item.

Components
1x Infrared Detector ($0.78) http://goo.gl/6sSN6
1x Wide angle Infrared LED ($0.23) http://goo.gl/5PFlS
1x Narrow angle Infrared LED ($0.23) http://goo.gl/67sCf
1x 2N3904 PNP transistor (or equivalent) ($0.08) http://goo.gl/XD3jI
1x 10 Ohm resistor (Brown, Black, Black, Gold) ($0.05) http://goo.gl/UiKDs
1x 47 Ohm resistor (Yellow, Purple, Black, Gold) ($0.10) http://goo.gl/89jXQ
1x Arduino Uno (or equivalent) ($25.00) http://goo.gl/p9wVs
Some wire (preferably solid-core, 22 gauge or so) (About $7-$8 at your local hardware/electronics store)

Tools
1x USB A-B cable (for programming the Arduino) ($2.95) http://goo.gl/3f6rx
1x Soldering Iron (Optional) (About $15-$25 at your local hardware/electronics store)
1x Spool of thin solder (About $10 at your local hardware/electronics store)
1x Solderless breadboard (About $5-$6 at your local electronics store)
1x Computer (I would hope you know where to get one of these)
1x Arduino IDE (can be downloaded here)

Step 2: Wiring

Arduino TV Annoyer circuit

Time to assemble! I will be doing this on a solderless breadboard.

1.) Plug in IR Detector. Make sure the dome on it is facing you.

2.) Connect the leftmost pin of the detector to Arduino Digital pin 2, the middle pin to Ground, and the rightmost pin to +3.3V.

3.) Plug in the 2N3904 NPN transistor. Make sure the flat side is facing you.

4.) Connect the leftmost pin of the transistor to the 47 Ohm resistor, the middle pin through the 10 Ohm resistor to Arduino Digital pin 3 (PWM), and the rightmost pin to Ground.

5.) Connect the cathodes (negative, has a shorter leg, and the side is marked with a flat part to indicate the cathode) to the other end of the 47 Ohm resistor, and the anodes (longer lead, not the cathode) to +3.3V.

Major Components in Project

1x Infrared Detector
1x Wide angle Infrared LED

1x 47 Ohm resistor
1x Arduino Uno

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