I've been working on a silly gadget using the cut & paste bits
of other circuits technique combined with a large does of
The gadget details can be found here:
With my breadboarded circuit, I have been observing a
phenomena that my tiny little brain can't figure out.
When I expose the cadmium sulphide photoresistor to light,
my relay triggers once (briefly) as expected and desired.
However, fairly often (not all the time), when I put the
lens cap back over the resistor and block off the light,
the circuit will trigger the relay again.
The only theory I have (with no access to a scope that
can record whats happening at different points and show
me) is that the photoresistor resistance actually bounces
around some as it gets dark rather than simply smoothly
going back up. Could that be it? Or has the ignorance part
of my design process merely led me to do something
silly along the way?
Any ideas for improvements to my design or explainations
of this puzzling behavior gratefully accepted. (I doubt
it is gravity waves though :-).
(Perhaps chuck the whole thing and detect incoming calls
via the headset interface is a better plan - but I'd have
to find out about interfacing to cell phone headsets
for that to work...).