Clap On Lamp

Contributors: Shawn Hymel
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Perhaps you remember an "As Seen on TV" product known as "The Clapper" in the 1980s and 1990s. The TV commercials could be seen on almost every channel. The premise was simple: a 120 VAC relay would control power to appliances and respond to two sharp noises, specifically two claps. We're going to make our own version of this, but instead of controlling any appliance, we will operate a lamp chain using a servo.

Required Materials

You can complete this project with parts from the SparkFun Inventor's Kit v4.0 and a Sound Detector board. Specifically, you will need:

Tools Needed:

Suggested Reading

If you aren't familiar with the following concepts, we recommend checking out these tutorials before continuing:

What is an Arduino?

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Installing Arduino IDE

A step-by-step guide to installing and testing the Arduino software on Windows, Mac, and Linux.

Hobby Servo Tutorial

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