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ScoobyPete
2012.12.01, 03:20 PM
Hi Jesus,
I was thinking about building some startling lights using LEDs and wonderd if there is any way they can be tied into the count down on zround. If not could there be the possibility to include this in future builds?

Many thanks

Peter

zround
2012.12.01, 03:55 PM
Hi Jesus,
I was thinking about building some startling lights using LEDs and wonderd if there is any way they can be tied into the count down on zround. If not could there be the possibility to include this in future builds?

Many thanks

Peter

I've been asked about it. The proposed system was this: http://picprojects.org/projects/f1lights/index.htm#Light_Board_Construction

A simple and easy way to interface ZRound with the light board is an USB keyboard you could hack to send a key combination to ZRound when the race must be started. I have introduced the key combination "Ctrl-Q", it stands for "Quick Start" and it will start the race WITHOUT countdown, just begin to count.

Is it enough?

Regards,

Jesús.

HaCo
2012.12.02, 03:51 AM
I've been asked about it. The proposed system was this: http://picprojects.org/projects/f1lights/index.htm#Light_Board_Construction

A simple and easy way to interface ZRound with the light board is an USB keyboard you could hack to send a key combination to ZRound when the race must be started. I have introduced the key combination "Ctrl-Q", it stands for "Quick Start" and it will start the race WITHOUT countdown, just begin to count.

Is it enough?

Regards,

Jesús.

Hi Jesus,
I think it would be easier with an Arduino Uno or Mini.

First of all, an Arduino is cheap and very easy to find and program. Second, it has an USB connection. If you connect it to the PC you can command it with serial commands.

LED-cluster is nice, but isn't it a bit overkill? I think a single 5mm LED in a nice LED holder will do the job just as good. The advantage is that you can connect a single LED directly on the Arduino with a rersistor in series.

Now with the Arduino connected as a USB device you can do a lot of things, for example:
- Cancel the start
- Blink for yellow flag or race finish
- ...

It is just an idea. If you like I can build a 'prototype' and document it, would be great if you add the feature to your program.

zround
2012.12.02, 01:23 PM
Hi Jesus,
(...)

It is just an idea. If you like I can build a 'prototype' and document it, would be great if you add the feature to your program.

I have some ideas about it we can discuss by e-mail. Please contact me at jesus()zround.com for further details.

Best regards,

Jesús.

HaCo
2012.12.04, 12:01 PM
I have some ideas about it we can discuss by e-mail. Please contact me at jesus()zround.com for further details.

Best regards,

Jesús.
Hope you received my email.

ScoobyPete
2012.12.04, 01:21 PM
Thanks for the info guys, I'll admit to not having a technicle clue to what you have both said, tbh I was hoping for a plug and play solution.


Looks like I need to find a Techy guy and offer a bribe to build it for me :(

NoBrainer
2012.12.04, 05:58 PM
Ask Rune please....

Maybe we can get some cool lights working with ZRound!

Rune
2012.12.04, 06:44 PM
I can do the electronics for sure, but I have to find some time first.

I'll talk to a couple of apprentices I have and see if this is a project they could be interested in tomorrow. Could be a good way to motivate them:rolleyes:
Let me see if I can come up with something, and I'll let you know Nobrainer:)

NoBrainer
2012.12.05, 02:29 AM
hihi

Jippi!!

zround
2012.12.05, 06:29 AM
Hope you received my email.
e-mail received.

Rune, I will keep you informed too.

Regards.

NoBrainer
2012.12.05, 07:51 AM
woot

I love this :D