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Timed Actuator ( automatic timed Button pusher )


I need to build an actuator, arm, robot or something which will press a button for me, I mean on a keyboard, alarm clock, or any other button, hold it pressed for some interval and then let go. I need to be able to configure this interval very precisely, up to 10th of a second. I was thinking of getting an actuator, and interfacing it with some mechanism which will allow me to set the timer very precisely. I am more into computer software than mechanical/electrical engineering, so please bear with me. 


Thanks in advance for any replies.

This is a simple robot that I made for my cousin, it only uses 2 LDRs, 2 geared motors, and a 555 timer IC. I reused a Tamiya Tank tread kit and gearbox for … Read more

arduino timer

I have an arduino severino s3v3, atmeg168  and  a  hcsr  ultrasonic sensor.

what i want is to start the timer when HCSR get an obstruction.

and stop it when the obstruction is clear.

I know the algorithm.bt I'm confused about using the proper function for counting time.

     (also after counting the time the function to reset it.)

Thanx in advance

How to use timer and interrupts on Arduino boards.
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IntroductionMany circuits, precooked or home made, deal with time related issues and many of those are dealt with by this IC: The *555* IC. It comes in many shapes … Read more