No-Hands Switch Project — “Pedal” Switch

While brainstorming about what type of switch to create for this assignment, I thought of many ideas: I considered using everything from earrings to my permanent retainers as conductors, and even thought about how to make aluminium foil false eyelashes to make a switch that would turn on simply by blinking. However, I tend towards the practical, so instead of thinking about what interesting materials or body motions I could use, I started thinking about what function my switch could, and should, serve.

This function-focused line of thinking led me to consider what types of switches would be good for a situation in which individuals are unable to use their hands, whether in an emergency or as a result of a disability*. Thus, I thought of creating a simple pedal-like switch, by which individuals could turn on a light by moving their foot, whether seated or standing. Continue reading…