This is a quick update on the Throw project. It’s still moving along. The photo-transistors (sensors) are wired and working, and I’m able to read all 72 of them in under the millisecond that I needed! Here’s the wiring setup for that. Of course they won’t be plugged directly into the breadboard like this in the final product:
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In the last post, we successfully got a laser/sensor pair working¬†with the laser tripwire test. This is great, but my design calls for 72 of these tripwires (36 on the X-axis and 36 on the Y-axis). Unfortunately, the Arduino Uno only has 14 digital input/output pins. So we need to find a way to read signals from 72 phototransistors with only 14 IO pins to work with. In this post, we’ll be testing a method of reading many inputs with just a few Digital Input pins. Read More

Note: If you haven’t read about why I’m doing this, check out this post.


Goal: Build a Laser Tripwire

So the first step toward building my tennis ball sensing board was to test the simplest iteration of the sensor concept: A single laser/sensor combo, that is tripped when an object passes between them, blocking the laser beam. Will an object breaking this beam cause enough of a drop in the phototransistor’s reading to create a digital signal that we can feed into a microprocessor? Read More

What is Throw?

Simply put, throw is a project that will consist of a wooden board equipped with laser sensors to determine where objects thrown at the board make contact. It will be connected to a micro-controller and computer to read input and create digital imagery. Read More