9 Replies Latest reply on Nov 15, 2017 3:50 AM by mcb1

    Need help limited vision problem

      I am currently a resident in a nursing home and have difficulty with what they have as a call light. When you press the button by your bed a small LED light comes on above the bed. The problem is I am visually impaired and cannot see if the small led Is on. After waiting a while I'm always having to press the button not knowing whether the light is on or not.
      I would like to find some kind of light sensor that I could place over the small LED and have it BUZZ or give some kind of audible sound so I know the button has been pressed,
      I do have my desktop computer a few feet away and thought about having some kind of USB device that could have my computer produces sound,
      I am enclosing a picture of the wall plate where the LED is located.
      I have had dreams of since it was hooked to my computer I would be able to keep a log of how long the light was on each time it's on
      Thank you in advance for any help


      I am basically looking for something as simple as a Light detector to sense When that small  LED is activated I need a buzzer to let me know that my call light is on
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        • Re: Need help limited vision problem

          Hi Mark,

          I built something similar for my mom who was in a nursing home. When she was in bed she could not see whether the light had been activated or not. I built a sensor that sat on top of the little green light on the panel and when ever it was lit a circuit would turn on a flashing red and blue LED. Mom could see the flashing of the LED on her ceiling. The nursing home would not let me tap into the circuit so I made the unit totally isolated from the system. Here is a link to the project.




          Instead of making an LED flash this circuit could drive a small piezo buzzer which would make the sound that you are looking for.



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          • Re: Need help limited vision problem

            Hi Mark,

            In thinking about your situation over night I have a couple of questions. Do you really want a sound that would continue for what might be a quite long time. If your nursing facility is anything like my Mom's was you may be waiting a half hour or more. How would you power the sensor module? In Mom's room there was a real shortage of outlets and their placement was poor. The facility would not let us multiple tap an outlet so we were always having to deal with batteries. They also might prohibit use of a device that is not UL approved so batteries might be the only option. The module that I built ran on batteries and we got about 3 months out of a set of batteries. Adding sound to the module would probably cut this time in half. Are you planning on building the device yourself or do you have a friend that will build it for you? My skills are able to design a unit like the one illustrated in my link but I do not have the skills to tie it to your laptop. A timer could also probably be added but this again would consume the batteries much faster and make the design of the project a much bigger deal.


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            • Re: Need help limited vision problem

              Seems kinda crazy to require a computer to monitor a LED.......however.....


              I had to do this once when my furnace was acting up.  I took a length of fiber optic cable and glued it to the furnace next to the fault LED and ran the fiber cable upstairs to my bedroom.  I attached the fiber to the edge of my bed headboard so if the furnace fault LED turned on, I could see it through the fiber next to my pillow.  At 3am it was bright enough to tell me when the furnace wouldn't light up.  A length of fiber optic cable might be all you need to "see the light" - no batteries required.


              ...or ...program a robot droid to go find the nurse and bring them back.....



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              • Re: Need help limited vision problem

                Would it be possible for a cheap webcam to simply be parked right in front of the LED and you could run an app that would audibly indicate whether the LED was on whenever you wanted to know its status? Or it could audibly beep once per minute as long as the LED is on.

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