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Gadget Freak Case #251: Billiards Ball Counter

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mrdon
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Re: Small Details Matter.
mrdon   2/23/2014 1:30:59 PM
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Daniyal_Ali

 

I understand your points about getting  into the practice of insuring the small details are captured during a rapid prototyping phase. I stress this with both my adult and high school students I teaach in electrical/electronics and robotics technology. My books have the same philosophy as well. Therefore, you and I are definitely on the same page. Just curious, what type of products are you currently developing?

http://www.amazon.com/Make-Projects-Experiments-Microcontrollers-Electronics/dp/1449360661/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1393180097&sr=8-1&keywords=don+wilcher

http://www.amazon.com/Learn-Electronics-Arduino-Technology-Action/dp/1430242663/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1393180173&sr=8-3&keywords=don+wilcher

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Re: Small Details Matter.
Daniyal_Ali   2/23/2014 4:06:19 AM
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I agree mrdon. It is indeed a good prototype and i am not taking any credit away from him. I was just trying to guide him for his future endeavors so that his next prototypes are even better for him and for the rest of us. Even the great inventors in today's fast developing world sometimes ignore the small details which can make the difference between them and their competitors. If we get into the habit of paying attention to our small and rapid prototypes early in our lives, we can create beautiful products as we move forward.

          "The difference between ordinary and extra-ordinary is that little extra"
                                                                                          -Jimmy Johnson

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Detail Circuit Schematic Diagram
mrdon   2/22/2014 8:47:48 PM
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William

In reviewing the build document, I was wondering if you have a detail circuit schematic diagram showing the 4 digit 7 Segment LED display with actual pin numbers on it. I understand the display used is based on the hobbyists preference but showing your example as wiring template will help others to build their gadget successfully.

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PIC16F Assembly Language Source files
mrdon   2/21/2014 9:08:24 PM
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William

Noticed you wrote the code in PIC16F Assembly Language. Was wondering why this programming language as to using C? Also, where will one gain access to the assembly code source file for the project?

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Re: Small Details Matter.
mrdon   2/21/2014 8:45:22 PM
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Daniyal_Ali

I agree. But I believe the unit he built was a proof of concept, therefore the product was rapidly prototyped. I like the concept of repurposing old electronics by enhancing them with with current or advance technology. Nice work William!

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Re: Small Details Matter.
far911   2/21/2014 1:04:28 PM
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Daniyal you are right about keeping small details in mind for a better device, but we cant  take credit from the product as it ia an amateur s attempt. Good work . keep developing.

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Small Details Matter.
Daniyal_Ali   2/21/2014 11:51:49 AM
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Nice one William, but it could have been a bit more user-friendly. I know you made it for your own use, but if someone else in your home has to use it, they will be confused about it, like i was while watching the video. The reset button should have been a separate button instead of holding two buttons simultaneously and the buttons are also not self-explanatory.
It's a great device you made, but adding these small details to it will enhance its use.

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