Thursday, May 10, 2012
Pulse Rifle: So Close!!
However, there was STILL more than enough good things happening to make our work worth it. The only trouble was that we couldn't field it just yet! Above, you can see the Arduino Mini installed on breadboard that has all the neccissary wirings and resistors mounted on it. This is the board before we started hooking it up to all the components and switches... still pretty clean looking.
Work on the internally-mounted sensors and hit lights took a BIG step forward. To the right, you can see the deadbug sensor before and after it's wiring. Both of these sensors are to be mounted in the white housings built from the 3D printer in the second picture to the right. In the foreground, you can see an older design of the housing that didn't accomodate the space needed for the Airsoft barrel to run above these sensors. The row of red LEDs are actually taken off of a Laser Challenge Team Force pistol and will light up when the sensors on the Pulse Rifle are hit.
The last picture on the right shows the housing inside the metal vent cage that it's designed to fit inside. The housing will be painted later, but this gives you a clear idea of how it'll fit in the cage. The top barrel of the Pulse Rifle runs along the open section of this cage. Reflective panels will be installed inside the cage to get the entire section to glow red when the sensors take a hit. Unfortunately, right now the lights aren't working properly, as they are staying lit when the blaster is turned on. Additional wiring checks and programming checks will be needed to see if it's a physical problem with our wiring or if there's a bug in the program we've installed to the Arduino.
Posted by Reverend at 8:44 AM