Wind Seeded Random Number Generator

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SummaryTrue random number generation is hard, but nature can help! This project uses the unpredictability of wind to increase randomness. How it works: the wind blows and spin the turbine, which spins magnets surrounding a Hall Effect sensor. The sensor's analog reading is then used to seed Arduino's random number generator. In this project, I demonstrate how it works using an Arduino Leonardo with LCD shield to display both the sensor reading and the generated random numbers. Here's the intro video: http://youtu.be/Xa6oNLMHxV0 A video looking at the internals: https://youtu.be/pOM6396XCkw A video showing how to install the sensor https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4NolKku4ONg Arduino testing video: https://youtu.be/YvRmffyRWiY Hardware: Arduino + mounting hardware + LCD shield by DF Robot + 9V battery with connector. Hall effect sensor + wire. 4 magnets (1/4" diameter cylinder. 1/16" thick). 2" T-pins (it's the axle). BB gun ammo, stainless steel, 4.5 mm (balls for bearing). For enclosure: #6 machine screw Easy to make; no soldering. No print support. Any dimensional correct printer setting would do. The only overhang is screw mounting holes, which you tap out. The rest of the overhangs are no larger than 45 degrees. Many parts are friction fitted.

Design Files

File Size

enclosure.stl
81.7 KB
hanger.stl
64.7 KB
lid_3.stl
61.8 KB
bearing.stl
805 KB
magnet_holder.stl
193 KB
scoop.stl
110 KB
face_plate.stl
59.5 KB
hub.stl
81.1 KB

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