The motor I was using is does not put out a lot of voltage so I had to back it up with a lot of capacitors. When there was no load on the circuit, I could charge all the caps up and get a steady flow of 5.2 volts. Once I hooked the arduio up with the LED blink sketch, it was only getting 2.5 to 3.5 volts after the load… so the arduino couldn’t stay on for more than a few micro seconds. :|
Basic Analog Circuit
Total energy stored = 2.71 Joules
Average power over 2 minutes = 0.02 watts
If all potential energy was used in 10 seconds, average power = 0.27 watts
Pendulum Trio: David Rios, Anne-Marie Lavigne and myself. The measurements for our shaky pendulum can be found below.
Ideas and sketches we came up with for devices that could be powered by our pendulum:
Soup stirrer || potato/grape masher
This device uses our pendulum to drive a fulcrum and lever system. The pendulum is on one end of the lever. The other end will have our spoon or masher attached.
ACME rocket/firework launcher
Have a match or maybe a bunch of matches attached to the swinging end of the pendulum. The matches would hit a hard rough spot at the bottom of the pendulum swing causing them to ignite and light the fuse of the projectile. Then… KABOOM.
Pendulum powered camera
Using the same lever system as the first idea, the pendulum operates the shutter and the film advance of a manual film camera.