Video: Building touch-sensitive furniture

A Maker by the name of Tinkering Techie has designed a beautiful touch-sensitive nightstand powered by an Atmel-based Arduino Fio (ATmega328P).

Additional key project specs include a number of LEDs, magnetic reed switch for drawer sensing, a PowerSSR Tail for lamp control and a 1000 mAh Lithium Ion Battery for backup power. The nightstand itself is built out of mahogany, with three Kapton-covered copper clad boards placed along the front and side edges (under the top of the nightstand).

As the HackADay crew notes, the sensing boards are connected to the Arduino Fio which is tasked with turning on a night light (one tap) or lamp (two taps).

“The electronics are powered by a small USB charger with a battery backup all hidden underneath the top of the nightstand,” explained HackADays Brian Benchoff. “Inside the drawer, a magnetic reed switch turns on an RGB LED whenever the drawer is opened.”

Interested in learning more about the Atmel-Arduino powered touch-sensitive nightstand? You can check out the project’s official page here.

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