The other day I received a promotional wrist band from a convention booth -- it has two LEDs that flash when you jostle it. I removed the guts to see how it works, and here is what I found:
Most of this is pretty straight-forward: LEDs, a SOT-23 transistor, some passives -- no uC that I can see (on top, at least) -- but I'm interested in the metal can in the middle, with the refdes
K1. I assume this is the sensor that detects when the device has been tapped or shaken. It's a metal cylinder with two leads, and on the inside there is a smaller metal cylinder -- it might be a coil or spring, but it's hard to tell. Here's another picture where you can sort of see it:
Does anybody know what this component is called and how it works? Maybe the spring moves when shaken, changing the capacitance or inductance. Whatever it is, it must be cheap (this is a give-away promotional item). It would also be nice, I imagine, if the mechanical energy it collects is enough to wake-up the rest of the device so that it could have a no-power sleep state.
Note, too the shiny metal pad under the near end of the can, perhaps a ground needed for the operation of the device. It looks like there is some clearance between the can and the pad (and the rest of the pcb, for that matter).