Escape Room Actuators - How to use a linear Actuator for Escape Room puzzles

 

Escape Rooms are popping up all over the world now as a fun place to spend an hour or two with friends and see whos the smartest in your groups. It is estimated there are over 5000 Escape rooms now worldwide, with that number increasing at a very fast pace. It is estimated this number to double in the next 5 years.

Escape room 

Escape rooms all requires some level of Automation to make each room interesting and give it that high tech feeling about the room. Simply unlocking a boke code is hardly keeping people entertained, so its becoming critical for Escape room designers to implement motorization in some way. 

 

Linear Actuators are an obvious choice to be used in an Escape room. These Linear Actuators are very easy to set up, and because they come in multiple different strokes, speeds and forces, it means their will always be an Actuator for your Escape room applications. 

Escape room

The Linear Actuator above is used in an Escape room application where once a keypad code is entered from solving a puzzle the keypad simply sends a signal to a DPDT relay which sends a signal to the actuator to open. An Arduino is used to control the timing, open and closing times etc.

As you can see in the image above using a longer stroke Linear Actuator would simply allow the drawer to open further for longer drawers, or shorter Actuator stroke could be used for shorter drawers. in addition for heavy duty drawers you would use a larger force Linear Actuator

 

Escape room

 

Escape room Actuators can also be used to open and close windows and doors Automatically using a sensor. In fact any sensor could be used to control an Actuator because all a Linear Actuator really needs is a 12v Signal from something. Typically a Relay or switch, or even an Arduino control board.

 

Escape room

In this box above which is from another Escape Room facility, the lid simple opens after another puzzle has been solved. The Actuator simply opens and closes the lid that's triggered by the user solving a code. Using a force sensor in the wiring would prevent anyone from been hurt.

Escape room

Here you can see the inside of a small cabinet that's used in an escape room to hide the next puzzle. The Actuator pushes the flip out door to reveal the next piece of the puzzle.  Each Linear Actuator has built in limit switches to stop itself at the end of its travel in each direction. So these are very easy to control and connect.

Firgelli has developed a huge rage of Linear Actuators for Escape room aplications. We invite you to check out all our Actuators and control systems including Arduino's to see how we can support you for your next Escape room Automation project. 

here is a blog post we created to show you exactly how a Linear Actuator works. If you understand the basics its all you need before developing the next escape room project. 

https://www.firgelliauto.com/blogs/news/linear-actuators-101

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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