After we posted about our trials with DIY encoders, a friend emailed to say he has some IR reflectance sensors! He then sent them to us… and they are within laser levels! We didn’t know what these were at first, so we figured we would share the joy of discovery through a teardown. Thanks Chris for the laser levels (and some smd parts & boards)!
Watch the Part 1 video!
This is what the two laser levels look like. We refer to the one on the left as the ‘smaller’ laser level.
Yes, that is RoboToolz spelt with a ZED. That makes them even more cool.
Details on the laser:
Check out this switch. It can trigger three different modes based on its shape and where it is positioned over the switches. On, Off, and Calibrate.
This was from the larger level, as the smaller level does not have buttons on the switch. It manually triggers a button on the board.
Smaller laser level- Here is a wire (actually, two wires), that goes through tabs on the plastic. This was probably done while being assembled, because the other two sides are attached to the laser and the board.
Smaller laser level again- This is a magnet that is glued in to the plastic. It’s loosing its metal cape around it, so all of the iron filings are going everywhere.
Here is what is housed inside of the larger level. It was fun to tear this down and power it up to see it working.
More details about the larger level teardown will be coming soon (Part 3).
In the next part (Part 2) we will be discussing the smaller laser level- how it works and some interesting things from it.
We tried editing the entire teardown in one go, but it is just way too much. By the time we would be finished editing it, the project would be ancient. On the plus side- new parts will be uploaded periodically!
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Until next time, tear down some electronics (except the ones used to document said tearing down)!