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Re: Mixed emotions!
David Ashton   12/30/2013 3:38:37 PM
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@Max - I was wondering whether a Sense-of-Humor-meter would be necessary, but Karen can't be the only woman with one - better put one on.

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Max The Magnificent   12/30/2013 3:02:43 PM
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@kfield: I am not sure whether I feel impressed or resentful of this new project...

Resentful because you don't have one of your own? LOL

Oh what the heck, I choose impressed!!!

You are wise beyond your years, grasshopper :-)

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Mixed emotions!
kfield   12/30/2013 12:42:19 PM
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I am not sure whether I feel impressed or resentful of this new project, Max. Oh what the heck, I choose impressed!!!

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Re: Learning all sorts of stuff
Max The Magnificent   12/30/2013 12:14:55 PM
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@Rcurl: How about using LCD's to label the knobs so when you turn one knob the function of the others change?

I was going to include this function, but without the labels LOL

I am toying with having labels lazer etched into the panel .. but I'm not sure yet -- if I do it will be in Tolkenian Elven Script -- the instruction book will be in the same script -- so you have to decode the instruction book to work out how to use the engine ... watch this space :-)

 

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Re: Learning all sorts of stuff
Max The Magnificent   12/30/2013 12:11:34 PM
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@Douglas: Thanks for the console project mention... yes, it is still a work-in-progress.

Douglas -- it's GREAT to hear from you -- also that your Dr Who console is still on the go. I'm afraid that my project fell by the wayside for a while -- but the advent of these NeoPixels and the fact that an Arduino can drive all of my meters (using the PWM digital outputs) has brought it back to full steam, as it were -- to the extent that I may have the whole thing up and running in a coupel of weeks, the way things are going -- watch this space -- Max

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Rcurl   12/30/2013 9:57:23 AM
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@Max....   I like Symmetry myself

I totally agree- but then again we're both guys, so considering the intended purpose of this device I'll have to say my vote is for asymmetry.  No-strike that- not asymmetry- randomness might be a better word.

As for the analog meters- an intentionally bent pointer on one of them might be an interesting touch.

Re: The LEDs around the switches and knobs- have you considered light pipes? Digi-key has a nice assortment of them.  Either a short rigid one with the LED mounted right behind it, or you could get flexible ones and put all of the LED's on one board. 

How about using LCD's to label the knobs so when you turn one knob the function of the others change?

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Douglas442   12/30/2013 1:25:53 AM
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Max: Glad to see some news on this project! I can't wait to read how it'll turn out! Those Neopixels look really handy... I could have used some of these a few weeks ago when I was wiring the LED's for a "color-organ" into a glass railroad insulator ( with it's 24 wire cable stuffed into a threaded table-lamp conduit ). Thanks for the console project mention... yes, it is still a work-in-progress.

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Max The Magnificent   12/29/2013 3:33:17 PM
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@David: I'd love to see that place before it closes....

I'll try to remember to take some more pictures when I'm down there tomorrow morning.

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Max The Magnificent   12/29/2013 3:32:09 PM
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@David: 10A meters are not necessarily bad but it's important to find out what kind of meter it is

I know that NOW! LOL

As you say, a high-current meter is very often a low-current meter with a shunt resistor -- remove the shunt and you have a low-current meter.

But the idea thing is to get a 1mA meter (or a 100uA meter), because then you can work with it directly without a lot of messing around.

In fact i'm going to be writing a blog about all of this -- probably thsi coming week.

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David Ashton   12/29/2013 3:10:49 PM
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@Max have you got that Star Trek teleporter working yet?  I'd love to see that place before it closes.....

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