Turn An Air Freshner Into a Motion Detector

Turn An Air Freshner Into a Motion Detector

Joelle Alcaidinho
Nov 24, 2010

Have a nature lover on your gift list this holiday season? Want to create a unique gift using items you might already have around your home? Check out this neat Instructable that takes an old air freshener and key chain camera and turns it into a motion detection wildlife camera!

Wanting an inexpensive way to take unobserved pictures of wildlife in his neighborhood, Instructables user Doug Paradis took parts of two existing Instructables and brought them together with added features to create a cheap motion detection wildlife camera.

This project uses a re-purposed PIR sensor module from an air freshener to provide motion detection, an inexpensive key chain camera to capture images, and a TI msp430 microprocessor to provide the necessary brains. The microprocessor comes with TI's $4.30 Launchpad experimenter kit. Additional parts and tools like a soldering iron are also required.

We think this is a fun project and is a great way to give a unique gift to that friend that is always complaining of critters getting into their garden or the camper who does not want to miss a thing when hiking away from the campground.

Check out the post on Instructables, for the DIY instructions.

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[Images: Instructables user Doug Paradis]

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