Date

6-2015

Degree Name

BS in Electrical Engineering

Department

Electrical Engineering Department

Advisor

Wayne Pilkington

Abstract

What if your alarm clock knew when you got out—and stayed out—of bed? Current alarm clocks happily let you go back to bed after turning them off. In this project, I build an alarm which only stops ringing when you get out bed, and starts ringing again if you lie back in bed.

This project uses capacitance to detect bed occupancy. A person on or near the bed creates a tiny, picofarads level increase in capacitance, as seen by a sensor placed under the mattress. A microprocessor interprets this signal, and also drives an audio alarm. Shielding of the sensor and automatic calibration of the sensor ensures the system works for any room and bed.