Spending lots of time in the metal shop. Learning how to work machinery like the big boys. Maybe keeping all my fingers will be considered a girly move?
It’s a nice feeling after a few weeks of effort begins to transform hunks of aluminum and trays of loose parts into functional objects of beauty.
Before advancing the design, Mark decided to build out a few more of these controllers with the parts we had on hand. The updated version is going to be a little easier to build and each will control up to 6 boxes and several motion sensors.
Thanks to Clive for helping me get my first parts done on the Crash Space CNC Mill.
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These photos show our attempt at parsing serial data to text on two different displays. We have 3 LED displays and a VFD display and interfacing with them to get a attractive readout was this weekend’s goal. They all worked with the FTDI cable, but the intelligent osram LED seems to be the prettiest and brightest (as long as we increase Vcc to 4.5V), so next, I’ll prepare special scroll subroutines for headlines, categories and message bodies and prepare for interfacing with bluetooth.