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Securing the Butt Pocket

Many people I know/see on the street walk around with their cellphones and wallets in their back pockets. I used to be one of those people (still admittedly, am sometimes) until last summer where I lost two iPhones, and I grew increasingly aware of the security I needed to maintain to ensure these expensive phones would no longer be lost/stolen. But now, butt-pocket users, fear no more – my switch adds security   to your life style.

My switch involves two plates that will line the pocket and when touching, the switch is “on.” The current is interrupted when a wallet or cellphone is placed between these two. Because one of the two plates is spring loaded with paper-clip springs, when the phone/wallet is removed, the plate will spring back and reconnect the current, and the switch will turn on. When the switch is on, the LED will light up, but also a little motor will vibrate to notify you that your stuff’s gone. Hopefully one day, when people start using Samsung watches or Google glasses, a message will be sent to those devices.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cPrNbnsEC6g

The spring device made of paperclips
Stripped wire is threaded to maintain conductivity
Plates are covered in tin foil
The tiny little vibrating motor
The whole spiel ( – the phone/wallet)

 

“I’m going to bed” switch

So the concept is when somebody sits or lays on the bed the light would turn on. I tried using too pieces of metal glued seperately on the bed frame and the matress, but that ended up really hard to control (but a workable concept).

bed switch

Instead, I taped the button on the one edge of my bed where it’s would be pressured when weight is put on the bed. I soldered wires together with the switch, and fixed it on the bed frame. The mattress is too soft for acturally pushing down the button, so I taped a starbucks lid onto it, to give it a hard surface where the button would touch.

bed switch