Originally posted on www.letsmakerobots.com
I’ve been working on re-making the the Open Hardware Pulse Sensor so it’d be easy to send off to OSHPark and to make at home. I’m not sure, but I think I started this project in March and I’ve just now finished it.
The bit of encouragement I needed was when hackaday.com put it up as their “Fail of the Week.” I thought I was going to be mature about it. But those four red letters started eating at me, so I gave it another go. Weirdly, I got it working.
I believe there were three problems:
- I had mixed up the op-amps again. In my defense, I’ve got 5 different ICs flying about in the same package as the op-amp.
- The Arduino I’d been plugging into was sitting on a surface that provided enough conductivity to create noise between the 3.3v pin on the underside and A0, which I was using for the op-amp in.
- Every time I touched the sensor the exposed vias were shorted through my own conductivity. Stupid mineral water.
I’ve already detailed how I went about making it; so, I’ll try to stick to repeatability.
1. Order the parts.
- Op-amp: .29 (Digi-Key)
- Light Photo Sensor: 1.23 (Digi-Key)
- LED: .79 (Digi-Key)
- 0603 Schottky Diode: .50 (Digi-Key)
- Passives: ~2.50 - Resistors: 1 x 470k, 1 x 12k, 2 x 100k, 1 x 10k, 1 x 3.3Meg - Capacitors: 3 x 4.7uF, 2 x 2.2uF
- OSHPark Boards: **$.67 **(minimum 3 boards, costing $2.00. 3/2.00 = ~.67)
Total (approximate): $ 5.98
- Make sure you have theses tools.
- Clothes iron.
- Solder at least .022”
- A soldering iron with a “precision” tip.
- Precision tweezers.
- Solder the light-sensor.
The light sensor is the hardest bit, so take your time. I put a little bit of solder on each pad with my soldering-iron, then, cover the soldered pads in flux. Next, I attempt to align the light-sensor with the pads as close as possible. After, I put the board with the backside on an over-turned clothes iron. Let the iron heat up until the solder reflows and the sensor is attached.
- Flip the sensor and lock it to your surface with tacky-putty to solder the LED, passives, and op-amp. I won’t detail this, since my video shows the entire process.
Wrap it with tape, cutting a small hole for the LED and light-sensor. (I’ll come up with a better solution, and a way it to clip it to your body, on the next iteration).
**Wire it up to the Arduino **
Left —- Middle —- Right
A0 —— 3.3v ——–GND
Yell at me if you have problems.