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Reach v3.1 (obsolete)

One of our most popular sensors which work along the principle of the Theremin. Put your hands into its electromagnetic field while mapping it to MIDI pitch bend and volume messages and create that spooky movie music. Design your own custom control panel. Turn plants into sensitive beings. Ranges upto approx. 15 cm (5.9 inch). Here is the Reach v3 manual. See this videoclip for a demo !

Application examples

  1. Measure proximity of human body parts secretly through thin walls, wood etc.
  2. With the Interactive Picture Frame, design an innovative museum exhibit.
  3. Make your own Theremin: put your hands into its electromagnetic field while mapping it to MIDI pitch bend and volume messages and create that spooky movie music.
  4. Make any dielectric object, like plants, senstive to reach gestures by using it as an antenna. See the manual for instructions.
  5. Create a fancy control panel by combining Push sensors (Push, Push2D), Reach sensors (Reach, ReachClose, ReachOn), Slide sensors (Slide-50, Slide, Slide-170, SlideLong, Slide-500, SlideRound, SlideWide), Touch sensors (Touch, TouchMicro-3, TouchMicro-5 TouchMicro-10, TouchMini, TouchMiniOn, TouchStrip) and Turn sensors (Turn, Turn&Spin) to name a few.

Technical specifications

Product Reach sensor
Version 3.1 (July 2009)
Sensing parameter bulk mass, electric field disturbance
Sensing method capacitive
Active volume 15 cm (5.9 inch) diameter cylinder by 15 cm (5.9 inch) long above as well as below the plane of the sensor
Range 15 cm (5.9 inch)
Reset time approx. 10 ms
Calibration (use 2 tact switches to set min. and max. value)
Disturbance of electric field Voltage (use 5 V power supply) 7-bit MIDI value (use 'no processing' editor preset)
none 0 0
maximum 5.00 127
Power supply 3.0 to 5.5 V DC, 5 mA
Sensor dimensions 3.2 x 15 x 0.64 cm (1.3 x 5.9 x 0.25 inch)
Weight 50 g (0.11 lbs), incl. cable
Cable 1.0 m (39 inch), shielded, red wire = power, white wire = sensor output, black wire = ground, maximum extension 30 m (98 ft)
Connector male plug with 3 pins in a row spaced 2.54 mm (0.100 inch)
Application notes tune the reach using the Reach v3 manual

This page was updated on Tuesday 03 July 2012.
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