Simon Tilts Assembly Guide

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IR Emitters and Detectors

Careful, these next 6 parts are polarized and need to be placed into the PCB properly. To learn more about polarization, please check out this other tutorial: Diode and LED Polarity

Locate the IR emitter and detector pairs:

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There should be 6 total pieces. Three with red dots, and three with yellow dots:

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These are polarized parts, so this means they have a "-" and a "+" leg.

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Locate the positions on the board. Notice that there are "Yellow Emittor" and "Red Detector" labels printed on the PCB. Also note that there are "-" and "+" marks for each leg. Be careful here to ensure correct placement and polarity.

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When soldering these into place, make sure they are positioned straight up (vertically). Check that your legs are forming a 90 degree angle with the PCB like so:

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Also ensure that they are flush to the PCB:

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When you're done soldering all 6 into place, your PCB should look like this:

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To learn more about how IR emitters and detectors work, check out this video: SparkFun Infrared Sensor Overview