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Rufio

I am trying to build a toy gun so that when you pull the trigger a laser dot is seen for only a moment.  I went to the thrift store, bought a cheap toy gun that is currently set up to make sounds when you pull the trigger.  I also purchased a cheap dollar store laser pointer.  I want to customize the gun, by taking out the speakers, but then add the laser part of the pointer into the toys gun barrel.  I will then attach the laser to the toys batteries, so that when you pull the trigger the laser dot is seen. 

My question is how would I make it so the laser dot is momentarily seen once, rather than constantly on if I pull and hold the trigger?  I am thinking a capacitor or transistor setup?  Any advice would be helpful.

Thanks

MorganS

You are looking for a "one shot" circuit.
"The problem is in the code you didn't post."

Paul__B

Before we go further, do you propose to use an Arduino for this?

MorganS

We're in General Electronics. There doesn't have to be an Arduino in it.

The next step might be a Teensy and a Prop Shield, neither of which are produced by arduino.cc

Rufio, you should probably check out the Prop Shield.
"The problem is in the code you didn't post."


MarkT

laser diodes are very for their supply current - too much they fry, too little they do not lase.

This means you need the same supply setup as the laser pointer (or to measure the current
taken by the diode in the laser pointer circuit, and match that current in the toy, either with
appropriate current limiting resistor or LED constant current driver chip.)

Also with blue or green laser diodes over-driving them can produce lots of infra-red laser
radiation which you don't want (inefficient, just as dangerous to the eye as visible).
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Willpatel_Kendmirez

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Jan 14, 2019, 04:30 am Last Edit: Jan 14, 2019, 04:31 am by Willpatel_Kendmirez
We're in General Electronics. There doesn't have to be an Arduino in it.


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