Feel like you are entering the bridge every time you come into your office by reproducing the Star Trek “swooshing” door sound. This trick uses a Webcam that sense motion, which triggers a script that plays the sound file. If you want something more professional looking, check out the Star Trek Door Panel on ThinkGeek.
What You Will Need
- EvoCam 4 (or a similar alternative that has motion sensing and triggers for actions)
- A compatible Webcam (I used an Apple FireWire iSight camera)
- The swoosh sound (or other great Star Trek sound effects)
Set Up The Webcam And Speakers
Below is a picture of the setup I use. I have a tall filing cabinet that the speakers and camera can sit on.
Configure EvoCam 4
Add A Motion Detecting Sensor
Add a new sensor from the menu bar.
Move and adjust the sensor to where the threshold of the door is.
Configure The Sensor To Trigger A Script
On the left side of the window, add this condition: When any sensor detects motion.
Then, add this action: Run shell script.
Your script can contain just one line:
Save your work and let the fun begin. Anytime motion is detected, the door swoosh will play. Now you can feel like you live onboard an Intrepid-class starship.