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For all you engineers or people with highly skilled technical backgrounds. I have a huge question.

I am looking into buying one of these here Flat Capacitve Proximity Sensors. I was thinking, if there is a way to mod my CD-Rom switch, to use the Proximity Switch instead of the push button. I would like to stealth my drive, and then wave my hand in front of the case, and, voila, my drive opens.

Can you guys tell me if any of these will work?!?!?

http://omrwsc.am.omron.com/webapp/wc...tegoryId=15707


http://www.gavazzionline.com/pdf/EC5525NP.pdf
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post #2 of 24
Yes, it is possible. Someone made a custom case which could open+close the CD-rom drive through a remote, you just need the correct points to solder
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I'm sure I could figure it out somehow...=)

Just need to get me one of them soldering stations from Radio Shack
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It's not like you need an über huge soldering station, a pen + soldering tin would suffice.
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Just the little station..LOL..nothing major...c'mon, it's Radio Shack

Oh yea, first I have to get this switch.
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hella good idea man! nice find! I am going to copy your idea, so take lots of pics nd lots of documentation!!!
    
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hella good idea man! nice find! I am going to copy your idea, so take lots of pics nd lots of documentation!!!
I love it...I just have to find out where in the hell to get one of these things, and how much they are. I like the flat one, b/c I can mount it behind a 5.25" bay cover I believe, and theoretically, it should work.

It will take me a while before I get to do this one.
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I'll do some research and searching as well. I have to imagine Fry's would have that.....maybe.
    
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They might...I would think some sort of industrial supply store might..I tried calling the sales number, but no one answered. Guess they don't want any business..
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post #10 of 24
Ok, I did some searching on google and Flat Capacitve Proximity Sensors arent cheap! The one you found above ranges from ~$85 retail to ~$67 shipped on ebay.

Other switches are upwards of ~$150

cool idea....but freakin expensive!
    
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