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Arduino / Raspberry Pi / Electronics genius?

Discussion in 'Geeks and Gadgets' started by wmrcomputers, Mar 1, 2017.

  1. wmrcomputers

    wmrcomputers Stafford PC & laptop repair specialist

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    I'm look for someone who would have a techy background enough to provide the electronics for something like in the video below. This thing is not available to buy in the UK and costs the earth - yet I'm sure it would be simple to construct.

    Is there anyone that thinks they could make it happen? I would be able to sort out the casing, button switches and lights etc but need someone with the electronics / programming know-how.

    I want one for the hire business but I don't want it to cost the earth to produce as I want to be able to make the hire price highly attractive. I would be happy to pay someone to create this electronically for me, or if preferred I would even be happy to work it on an ongoing commission from hires so it could potentially make someone a good few quid in the long term.

    If you know someone that might have the knowledge, send them to this thread please.
     
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  3. Lucy

    Lucy Well-Known Forumite

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    If the OH had time he could probably have a go. I'll mention it to him but he's still on the home automation project.
     
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    wmrcomputers Stafford PC & laptop repair specialist

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    I'd ideally be looking for the creator to earn ongoing commission. These things hire out for £200 a time, although I'd aim to do it cheaper than that. There is one seller in the UK and he sells them for £2995+VAT and I'll be bu****ed if I'd pay that for a microcomputer and some switch buttons and lights! ;)
     
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    wmrcomputers Stafford PC & laptop repair specialist

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    Hmmm.....

    Just wondering if I could doctor these little beauties and make a large button game using the electronics from them...

    I've ordered a set anyway as they look great fun and will get plenty of use with our tribe. Then, when they get bored I'll take them apart ;)

     
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    Gramaisc Forum O. G.

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    That's a bit harsh!

    Just do one, as a warning to the others.
     
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    tek-monkey wanna see my snake?

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    wmrcomputers Stafford PC & laptop repair specialist

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    Right - I need some help or advise from someone into electronics.

    I've dismantled the above device and figured out how I can hijack it as a controller for the table game I want to build. However I have 2 small problems.

    The first is the button lights. The ones built into the game are RGB 3528's which operate at around 2.8 to 3.4v usually. The game is providing them with around 3v. The large buttons I wish to use have 12v high brightness LED's that I need to wire off the circuit board.
    Similarly, the 3 digit 7 segment display built in for the score isn't large enough. It receives a voltage of around 2v per segment and the larger displays I wish to use require either 7.5v or 12v depending on which I choose to go for.

    Now, both of these similar problems take me back to my BTEC days - and I feel quite certain the required solution is going to be transistor based in order to use a seperate 12v DC power supply for the bigger lights, with the transistor basically acting as a relay switch..... but this is all so very long ago to me now that I'm clueless. Can anyone provide a simple schematic for taking the 3v DC signal from the board to instantly illuminate my 12v LED buttons please? I'd probably just be using a 12vdc 2A mains adaptor as it will be plenty powerful enough for about 20 LED's.

    Any help much appreciated as I'd love to get this project off the ground and think I'll be able to pull it off quite cheaply (which is always a bonus)
     
  9. Bob43

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    Are you still looking?
     
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    wmrcomputers Stafford PC & laptop repair specialist

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    @Bob43 - I hadn't actually even thought of this again for a while, but possibly, yes. Do you think you could create the electronics so that all that is needed is bottons, lights and casing? If so I'd be very interested in knowing rough costings. Feel free to private message me if you prefer. :)
     
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    wmrcomputers Stafford PC & laptop repair specialist

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    For anyone that was following this thread and might be curious of the outcome, I have got together with @Bob43 who, incidentally, found this thread when searching for "arduino stafford" via Google. Not only is this game build now well and truly under way to being completed (possibly in as little as the next few weeks), but I have also made a very likeable and knowledgeable contact in the process. I may even see if we can work together on other project ideas in the future.

    I shall post pictures and video of Bob & mine's joint creation "LIGHTS OUT" in the not too distant future. I've yet to discover if it will be as hire-able as I hope for, but if not then I'm certain that at least my own tribe will thoroughly enjoy playing on it at home regardless. I may even end up offering it out as a free inclusion with a photo booth hire in order to give me an edge on the competition & hopefully boost my existing business that way. I'll see how it plays out.

    #excited
     
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    wmrcomputers Stafford PC & laptop repair specialist

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    Steady progress. Just the score screens to be fitted and legs to sort then it should be good and ready to go....

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    wmrcomputers Stafford PC & laptop repair specialist

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    So, it's finally completed and I am super excited. This game is also seriously addictive. My highest score is 170 in 30 seconds. I figure that's 5.66 lights per second so I'm going to struggle to beat that myself.

    I have a photo booth booking this Saturday which I am allowing the use of the table game for free, so hopefully that will give me an opportunity to get some video of it in use at an event. Watch this space. :)

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    This has been an exciting project. My first post of 'are you still looking' was on 4th Feb.
    Now 10 weeks later this game has been developed, built and successfully tested at a live event.
    Well done Wayne from WMR Computers - Your build is amazing and looks and works better than the competition.
    Big 60mm buttons, battery powered - so no trailing cables, full lcd screens - not 1990s 7 segment displays and
    use at the entire event (no time limit) - and of course, great value.
    From my point of view this project has been a delight from start to finish and I could not have wished to work with anyone nicer.
    ...and the bonus for me was that Wayne fixed my laptop - many thanks
    Its been a pleasure working with you. - Bring on the next one...
     
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    wmrcomputers Stafford PC & laptop repair specialist

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    @Bob43 - I certainly couldn't have done it without you!

    For anyone interested, here's a video of the game being played at a wedding on Saturday just gone. It was in use for around 3 hours and 210 games were played in that time.

     

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