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Hello all!

Just did my first little project with my new Arduino. All my electronics stuff is stored away after I moved this summer, so all I had to play with were some LEDs. So, I made a proximity-toggleswitch using a LED as a sensor. Pretty simple, one LED is connected between digital out 2 and 3 (long leg on 2), and another between 13 and ground for indication. When the switch is toggled on or off the Arduino sends a 1 or 0 (respectively) to my computer running a botched-up 2 minute Visual Basic program.

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/* LED sensor -- photodiode.

int anodePin = 2;
int cathodePin = 3;
int value;
int prev;
unsigned long lastupdate = millis();

void setup()

 //deactivates pullup resistors?
 _SFR_IO8(0x35) |= 4;
 _SFR_IO8(0x35) |= (1<<4);

 pinMode(anodePin, OUTPUT);      // sets the digital pin as output
 pinMode(cathodePin, OUTPUT);      // sets the digital pin as output

void loop()
 //emit light
 digitalWrite(anodePin, HIGH);
 digitalWrite(cathodePin, LOW);
 //switch potentials -- charge LED to -5V
 digitalWrite(anodePin, LOW);
 digitalWrite(cathodePin, HIGH);
 //measure time for potential to equalize (for cathode to be LOW)
 //switch pinmode
 pinMode(cathodePin, INPUT);
 //measure time it takes for cathodePin to go to zero
 //this value probably depends on the chip clock or something
 value = 0;
 while(digitalRead(cathodePin) != 0)
 //check if the change in measured value is greater than a certain threshold, and if the last update was more than a second ago
 if((prev - value < -1000 || prev - value > 1000) && millis()  > lastupdate + 1000)
   lastupdate = millis();
   if(digitalRead(13) == LOW)
     digitalWrite(13, HIGH);
     Serial.print(1, DEC);
     digitalWrite(13, LOW);
     Serial.print(0, DEC);
 prev = value;
 //illuminate led
 pinMode(cathodePin, OUTPUT);
 digitalWrite(anodePin, HIGH);
 digitalWrite(cathodePin, LOW);

I know it ain't much to brag about, but it's kinda cool as the program sort'a autocalibrates, so it will work reliably both in light and dark conditions.  :D
Dreaming of extra senses through sensory substitution/agumentation since.. well, for ever.. =P
Going to automate my home, just gotta find the perfect DIY solution first!

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