Obfuscate your power switch


Just in time to keep your friends from sharing your toys, [l0rdnic0] brings you this simple mod: replace your power switch with a reed switch. Of course, now you’ll need a magnet every time you want to use your PSP. Of course, if my older brother did this, I’d build a big electromagnet and start firing it whenever he started playing games.

Comments

  1. AndrewNeo says:

    That would be nice for a computer. My friend’s dad would always turn off his computer while it was still running, by holding the power button down.

  2. Jonathan says:

    @AndrewNeo So, you’d prefer pulling the power cord over holding the power button down?

    As to the “hack” it seems that the secret would be found fairly quickly by family members.

  3. Digital says:

    I always thought it would be a cool idea to take a starter from a car or something like that and wire it in as the power switch for a computer. I’m sure it’s not technically difficult, I just never gotten my grubby mitts on a key starter of any sort yet. One day soon I hope, alas x-mass day is nigh

  4. jeff says:
  5. Jack says:

    @ digital: search ebay for “keyswitch” or “key switch”. There’re a million of ‘em, and some are really cheap! I had my computer turning on with one (until I lost the key and had to go back to a normal pushbutton)

    http://search.ebay.com/search/search.dll?sofocus=bs&sbrftog=1&from=R10&_trksid=m37&satitle=%28keyswitch%2Ckey+switch%29&sacat=-1%26catref%3DC6&sargn=-1%26saslc%3D2&sadis=200&fpos=ZIP%2FPostal&sabfmts=1&saobfmts=insif&ftrt=1&ftrv=1&saprclo=&saprchi=&fsop=1%26fsoo%3D1

  6. Bryanlc says:

    I recently lost my power button. I was painting my case, left it out to dry, and it is now gone. This is a perfect replacement, I already have read switches laying around. I just have to cover up the power button hole. Thanks l0rdnic0, perfect timing.

  7. aztraph says:

    I added a hidden reed switch to a garage door opener, wasn’t secure though, every time there was a lightning storm the door would open and close on it’s own, not a good thing for the computer.

  8. Skyler Orlando says:

    @7: ha ha, that sounds like fun for a haunted house.

    Something you could do is embed a magnet in a glove. Then wave your hand in front of the object. Abracadbra!

  9. Cable Hoag says:

    nice hack :) a possibility for larger kit like tin-box computers is two multi-pole connectors like Amphenol 62GBs or similar – chassis socket on the case and cable mount plug as a key. Wire a series of diodes, capacitors, resistors, anything onto the plug, and arrange logic components or relays so that only your specific arangement on the plug will allow the computer (or car, garage door etc) to start and run. For safekeeping, pot the whole “key” in epoxy resin. thousands of different possibilities for component combinbations here, especially if you use a 30-pin connector.

  10. enughhh says:

    Get a magnet ring from United Nuclear:
    http://www.unitednuclear.com/

    Just make sure not to pull out your credit card with that hand.

  11. Dick Stiffler says:

    You have to add the reed switch inline with your power/activation switch. This way, you have to activate the reed switch in order for the power switch to work.

    This prevents static electricity from fooling the reed switch and turning the power on.

  12. Elliott says:

    if any one wants to try some thing like this but does not want to buy a $3 part off the internet. if you liver near a radioshack that still sells some electronic parts. you can get a reed relay. witch is just a reed switch encased in plastic wrapped with magnet wire. if you are careful you can remove the wire and the plastic and have a perfectly good reed switch. just be careful with the reed switch because it is glass.

  13. j s says:

    Of course I know you were joking, but on a more serious note, an electromagnet strong enough would probably ruin the laser pickup.

  14. Frogz says:

    @13
    this would only be a problem if it were his ;)

  15. Jeff says:

    Happy Christmas to All!

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 92,260 other followers