New ORR Computers

Got some bad news for you, AJ: Irish is a partner in Silkrip.  Also, I've tried smaller displays and they aren't good at speed.  Even Mad Dawg said he wanted a big bright display.  And, okay, the video is too long.  I agree.  I'll make a shorter one.  Thanks!

DOH!  You know I half expected you to tell me that.

Still, the last display I used seemed to be about right (for me at least); it was a CrystalFontz multi-line with some built in LEDs.  The last time I monkeyed with it the code was shaping up nicely.  I'd really like to get back in and play with it more.

Yea... Mad Dawg is becoming an old porch hound and needs big bright displays, something about one foot tall on top the dashboard should about do it.  (if that doesn't wake him up, I don't know what will). 

I think your LED implementation looked alright, but there are a few things I would do differently in the final design.  I'll email you separately.

Asa  Jay

The down side to the CrystalFontz display is it didn't work very well in the sunshine we usually experience during the run. LED 7 segment displays can be big and bright which supports old farts like me and the Dawg :-) There is also a fairly large and cumbersome library driving the CrystalFontz but then that is my problem being the programmer :-)

Rest assured we will have the best of all worlds - Tom's awesome winning code base, my less so code and better hardware :-)

I'll see all of you at NORC next week, not racing, doing Team support for Tom and Blue!

The prototype had two minor issues during our run, both of which have been easily addressed in software.  I guess that's why you do a prototype test.  First production unit will ship on schedule in early June, and there are still one or two units available out of that first build of 10.  

Asa Jay Laughton posted:

Argh, the way my schedule is shaping up for June, I won't get to this until July, if I'm lucky.

Asa

Hahahaha... oh I kill me......

Here it is, one more day in June and I still haven't got back to this.

However.... I was riding in a cab recently and it had a big bright LED display for the fare on the dash.  When it got into the sunshine it completely washed out, and then I thought of you guys.  So I think I know why this one washed out and yours doesn't, check me on this.

The fare box with the LED display had a Red window over the entire front.  As long as it was shaded, the RED LEDs came through the RED front just fine, but when the sun came out, it washed out the entire front.

In your design you have no covering, so you can get the raw LED light without any filtering.  That's why it works so well.

I also really liked the idea of the speedometer cable encoder (which I still have).  I imagine that could still be used, but would take a software tweak regarding the number of revolutions per mile (or something like that)

I still want to try that Crystalfontz display I have, if for nothing else than it looks really sleek and cool.

... oh look, squirrel

Asa  Jay

As the very experienced night runner of 318 , it might be fun but would probably be extremely dangerous. Although my one eye has excellent night vision it would quite hazardous for all in the event of a crash, not knowing just where it occurs would be a problem to get rescue crews to the proper location.  but that"s just my opinion, what do I know !    And Tom there are some ways to brighten up the mind but i cannot suggest them on this forum, Timothy Leary's formula comes to mind, did wonders for my cognitive speed.    O

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