Hi. Let me be 100% clear: I am not an electrical engineer on ANY level. I am an absolute novice to this type of field. I need some help determining if the Pololu 38 kHz Proximity Sensor will meet my needs. I greatly appreciate any help you can offer.
What I am trying to accomplish:
I want to be able to sense if someone’s hand is present on a bicycle handlebar grip. If their hand comes off the grip I need to flip a switch. Reaction time needs to be near instantaneous.
It needs to be weatherproof and it must be fail proof - absolutely 100% bulletproof performance. The sensor will be mounted on the handlebar itself, near the grip, maybe on the brake lever. So the proximity distance will be approximately 5 to 10 cm.
Will this pololu.com/product/2460 component do the job?
If not, any suggestions?