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Discussion in 'General Electronics Discussion' started by EOD_Mike, Jan 12, 2013.

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  1. EOD_Mike


    Jan 11, 2013
    I'm designing a device for my senior EE project that is a cell phone that can turn a lamp on in your house if you away from home. The project is to deter home break ins, and the thought is to be able to call the cell phone to activate a switch to turn on a lamp. My thought was to have a DC interchangable power source and when the call came in, have the small (about 300mV) signal latch an SCR to a lamp. However this circuit is causing me some trouble because i cant get it to work consistantly in Multisim.

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  2. ektel


    Jan 12, 2013
    I have another solution on this that should work, pm me
  3. EOD_Mike


    Jan 11, 2013
    I don't have enough posts to be able to PM. If you have a better solution, I appriciate the help. You can email me at [email protected]
  4. donkey


    Feb 26, 2011
    just wanted to point out this is an open forum where we share ideas. ideas like these would be good if shared. we don't mock we offer opinions and by pming you only get 1 view point.
  5. EOD_Mike


    Jan 11, 2013
    yea, totally understood. I am on this site to gain from others in related areas. If someone can give me a hand I appreciate it.
  6. davenn

    davenn Moderator

    Sep 5, 2009
    the circuit is going to be somewhat more complex than what you have shown
    what you have shown would be the final section.

    section 1 .... a cellphone module to receive calls
    section 2 .... decide how you are going to interface the called cell module signal to the light switching electronics .... eg .. detect the ring signal and use that to trigger the switching circuitry
    section 3 .... circuit to actually control the switch eg....
    you ring in and that latched a relay on to turn the light on
    a second ring in to deactivate the latched relay and turn the light off

    all this is reasonably complex and really unnecessary when all you really need is a day nite operated switch, available from many hardware stores and other electrical outlets
    and doesnt cost you multiple cellular phone calls

  7. CocaCola


    Apr 7, 2012
    Anytime anyone wants to do something with a phone I will recommend DTMF Tones... There are chips that will easily decode them as an external circuit and DTMF are built into most phones anyway so sending a command can be done from just about any phone, no special equipment needed on the sending end... If you use a smart phone can easily decode using existing firmware all by itself...

    And BTW there are LOTS of existing DTMF circuits to be found in the public domain to build upon, so a bunch of the leg work is already done for you...
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