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Gadget Freak Case #261: Dr. Seuss Themed Target Game

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Charles Murray
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Re: Loved it.
Charles Murray   9/22/2014 9:44:41 PM
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Judging by the number of articles we've had about robotics advances in the past few years, it would seem wise for more schools to offer mechatronics, mrdon. That should be a thriving field going forward.

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mrdon   9/20/2014 9:26:56 PM
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Charles,

I agree. In addition to universites offering degrees in electromechanical engineering, Mechatronics is also another option as well.

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Mr. Wirtel   9/18/2014 9:48:33 AM
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  The first thought that crossed my mind when I read the headline was, "How long before someone objects to using Dr Seuss as a theme in a shooting game?" Not too long.

  You have no need to apologize for offending anyone. In this age of political correctness, it is near impopssible to do much of anything without offending someone. However, I think the use of trademarked charactors could get you in trouble. So change the images to missles trying to destroy meteors before they impact earth. I do not think the pro-meteor lobby is very powerful and you should be okay.

  By the way, it is a neat project and I too grew up with Dr. Suess.

bobjengr
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bobjengr   8/27/2014 4:31:12 PM
Well done.  I think this was a very worthy project and you all seemed to contribute equally.  I also love the resourcefulness relative to components used.  In today's economy it's very difficult to find funding for just about any project unless you are associated with a company or have access to venture capital.  The team did extremely well in choosing the "gun".  Shows a great deal of thoughtfulness on your part.  I hope you all get "As" for this one. Again, well done. 

Charles Murray
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Re: Loved it.
Charles Murray   8/25/2014 7:39:48 PM
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Good point about mechanical engineers, MrDon. Lately, I've been seeing more universities offering degrees in "electromechanical engineering." Seems like a great way to go, epsecially if you want to be a lead engineer on a project.

zklund
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zklund   8/24/2014 1:37:56 PM
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We apologize if using a Dr. Seuss themed project offends anyone or is inappropriate.  We created this prototype for a school project and we were all big fans of Dr. Seuss growing up, which is why we decided to have a Dr. Seuss theme.  The Dr. Seuss theme could be switched out for anything else and the project would still function all the same.

zklund
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zklund   8/24/2014 1:30:47 PM
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We only used Fritzing to create a wiring diagram, and did not use anything to create a circuit schematic.  An issue we ran into was finding good software to create a circuit schematic, do you by chance have any recommendations?

There were 2 PICs used in this project and 2 Arduinos.  The PICs each controlled one of the 7-segment displays via a 'count-up; signal coming from the Arduino MEGA.  The MEGA also sent a 'reset' signal to the PICs in the event of a game reset.  The Arduino MEGA controlled the console (targets), while our Arduino UNO controlled the dart gun.  The MEGA sent a 'start-game' signal to the UNO at the start of the game, and the UNO sent an 'end-game' signal' once all 6 darts were fired.  We wanted to keep communication between the microcontrollers as little as possible as each microcontroller had complex programs being run on it.

zklund
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zklund   8/24/2014 1:18:51 PM
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The total process from start to finish lasted an entire semester, so 15 weeks, from concept to prototype.  We spent a great deal of time at the design stage, which I think helped the actual construction and assembly move much more smoothly.  The largest constraint we faced was financial budget.  To overcome this, creative thinking and designs were used to maximize the project functionality while minimizing cost.  The best example I can give you is with the dart gun.  The foundation of the dart gun is an industrial-power electric staple gun, purchased at a pawn shop, that was modified into what you now see as the dart gun for this project.

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mrdon   8/23/2014 9:34:49 PM
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Daniyal_Ali

I agree. The integration of electrical-electronics and mechanics is quite challenging. That's why its good to have a Mechanical Engineer on the design team.

mrdon
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mrdon   8/23/2014 9:29:30 PM
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Daniyal_Ali

I agree. The team work that went into the development of their game shows. They definitely deserve an applause. I will definitely be sharing this project with my HS Career -Technical Education and Electrial Engineering Tech students for motivation and inspiration.

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