Smart Foot Switch

Posted on Feb 5, 2014

Such jobs as jewel cutting and polishing require the workers to switch on/off two electrical appliances one after another repeatedly for two different services on the same workpiece. This is cumbersome as they need to fully concentrate on delicate handwork on precious jewels. Switching in such situations cannot be done by hand, and doing it by foo

Smart Foot Switch
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t using ordinary switches is too tedious. This is mainly because of the difficulty in sensing and controlling the switch position by foot. Ordinary pushbutton switches make or break a contact momentarily, and they can not hold the keypress status. You need a bistable multivibrator with two independent trigger inputs to solve this problem. Here`s a smart foot switch based on dual negative-edge triggered master slave JK flip-flop IC 74LS76 (IC1). J1 and J2 inputs are conneted to 5V through resistors R2 and R5 (each 10k), respectively. K1 and K2 inputs are grounded. Preset pins 2 and 7 are shorted and connected to 5V via resistor R7 (10k). Push-to-on switch S3 connected to the preset inputs is also grounded. Clock and clear inputs of the two flip-flops are cross-connected, i. e. CLK1 (pin 1) is conneted to CLR2 (pin 8) and CLR1 (pin 3) is connected to CLK2 (pin 6). Clock input pins 1 and 6 are pulled up high through resistors R1 and R4 (each 4. 7k), respectively. Push-to-on switches S1 and S2 are connected between clock and ground of the flip-flops. Switch S1 activates device 1, while switch S2 activates device 2. Switch S3 activates both device 1 and device 2 simultaneously. Device status is indicated by LED1 and LED2. Glowing of LED1 and LED2 indicates that device 1 and device 2, respectively, are in on condition. The LEDs are connected from +5V to Q1 (pin 14) and Q2 (pin 10) of IC1 through resistors R3 and R6, respectively....

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