Mike shows us his giant FIRST timer. It's snowing again. And tomorrow doesn't look good either.
We’re bean counting on Friday. No shipping.
And just to add insult to injury, it’s snowing like a madman today.
So it’s not actually snowing that badly, but we’ve got reduced staff, and who knows what FedEx is going to do today. So please be patient. We should be back up to 100% by monday.
Mike Copioli gave us a heads up on one of his projects. He’s a mentor for the Thunder Chickens
(awesome name) FIRST Robotics Team #217. Mike needed a simple field timer for the team. Using the BlueSMiRF
and a handful of 6.5" 7-segment displays
, he built a wirelessly controlled timer with start, stop, and set time commands.
Super easy to use serial commands set the time and start/stop the count down.
Red plastic cover makes the segments even easier to read. Nice o-scope! 12V at 0.77A is not too horrible.
Mike used a 18F PIC, and a handful of transistors to control the large LED segments of the displays. Thanks Mike! Go Thunder Chickens!