Arduino Any Way Door

1/12 Scale Door w/o Boundaries; We Invite You To Build The Real Thing

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We had yet to see an example of this, so with in our means we delved in to making. We built a 1/12 scale model of a door with out boundaries. We now invite you to build a full scale attempt that can be achieved through numerous methods we are more than welcome to discuss. Why not us? Because we are far too poor and do not have the resources to do so. The locking and unlocking method of the model utilized an Arduino Uno, Seeed Studio Relay Shield and capacitive sensors -- deactivating the magnets on the opposing side.


Have had word in the recent past of some one in Europe constructing a full scale practical model -- best of luck.

  • 1 × Arduino Uno
  • 1 × Seeed Studio Relay Shield
  • 2 × 10M Resistor
  • 2 × 1K Resistor
  • 1 × RGB LED

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    Vije Miller08/30/2015 at 08:23 1 comment

    You might ask, what about power outages?

    On a first model I had a metal latch attached to a free standing magnet that when the power was cut, fell in to place catching the door from either side. Safety latches from power outages is not unheard of.

    What about touching either side?

    Sensors would only activate and deactivate per door position.

    What about power outage when the door is open?

    Tough, shit. Perhaps the architect can plan for that with some thing artistic. I'm already bored and moving on to some thing more challenging like magnetic field manipulations within magnetic tunnels...I think.

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    Vije Miller08/30/2015 at 08:15 0 comments

    Took some finagling to control the amount of current needed to have the most magnetic field and not burn the place to cinders. Utilized an on/off flickering of the sketch which was actually stupid for a relay board but a TIP120 would have better handled. I'm not a genius you jerks! Have worked with door lock magnets and know on a pivot they could be utilized as hinges. How come no one has built such a thing?! It's totally useless but showy...and that's all architecture cares about.

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matt wrote 11/14/2015 at 09:35 point

Nice working concept :)

I was trying to think where to put a mechanism for fire safety that could double up as a self close/shut and lock when power outage, but it's a difficult proposition. This might have to be something in the floor and ceiling above the door opening areas that powers or magnetically guides the door to a closed position over a pre-determined time period. This would need stored power (battery/capacitors depending on power requirements) and sensors on the edges of the door or at least each corner so the door position could be determined to reduce power usage (not powering all permutations to close at once).

What happens if you push two sides at the same time? Does that break the glass out of the frame? Could this be adapted to produce a revolving door if this combination is used?

Also what about pushing at the top centre and bottom centre at the same time, it wouldn't pivot in the left centre and right centre would it? Kind of like a cat flap/horizontal revolving door?

Also on the right hand edge of the glass there is a black line, is that a magnetic strip or just tape?

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Vije Miller wrote 11/14/2015 at 19:27 point

1. The door is more aesthetic than a key access point so just keeping it up right when power cut is imperative.

2. The em is holding the door closed until the sensor tells the em on one side to stand down so you'd have to push damn hard to remove the door if not "unlocked"

3. Several points of em hinges makes effecting the top/bottom not practical.

4. It's a steel frame around the glass.

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Morning.Star wrote 05/04/2017 at 06:52 point


Vije, use EPM magnets to hold the glass. This way you only need power to lock or unlock the door. They are a special configuration of magnets and a coil that make a switchable magnetic circuit that can include or exclude the door.

You will find one inside the drawer of your laptop's DVD drive. That click when it opens is the EPM cycling against the door-spring.

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Mike Szczys wrote 09/03/2015 at 20:47 point

This is amazing work. Well done.

Power outages would be an issue, but I think you could install a fail-safe that would mechanically latch during a power failure. Like a spring-loaded hook that disengages when the power is on.

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Vije Miller wrote 09/04/2015 at 00:42 point

Thanks! In the sepia picture above, you'll note a cross beam. In that I originally have an electromagnet (NC) holding pins that when power cut, dropped in to place holding the door. Took it out to look slicker. If the door is open, that's another tricky issue which I sketched a few door frame drop catches that go with the magnets on a pivot and a few other practical ideas. Over all, it's entirely doable, just for architecture sake.

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