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digitalman2112

Jan 18, 2010, 03:42 am Last Edit: Jan 18, 2010, 03:44 am by digitalman2112 Reason: 1
My son's room has a spaceship theme. We are building a simulator "control panel" from an Arduino Mega, a waveshield, a liquid crystal display, an M1 Abrams tank joystick, several analog gauges, some lit buttons, a siren, a strobe light and some other misc things. We keep having more ideas and that mega still has more pins!

I'm documenting the project here: http://raisinggeeksandgearheads.blogspot.com/

Here are some current progress pics:









I'm new to Arduino (got a Duemilanove on Christmas day, ordered the Mega the day after Christmas), but I'm learning quickly. I LOVE how fast I can prototype with an Arduino!  :)

estranged

That's a pretty awesome family project there!  I'm hoping I get to do similar stuff with my daughter as she gets a little older.

digitalman2112

Thanks for the comment!

I never dreamed it would be this ambitious, but we just keep going.

I probably spend 75% of the time working by myself, but I keep him informed so he can join me when it interests him. I know that if I force it on him he won't learn OR want to do it. Once it is running in his room full time, I think we will spend LOTS more time together on the programming side - especially since I'll be doing the coding and testing  in his room  ;)


whiskey

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Jan 18, 2010, 05:20 am Last Edit: Jan 18, 2010, 05:31 am by whiskey Reason: 1
that's awesome! you should add in the game of life for some special FX :P






There's the voice shield which might come in handy as well.  ::)

http://www.spikenzielabs.com/SpikenzieLabs/VoiceShield.html

digitalman2112

Major progress this weekend - all hardware, including the Apache Helicopter data entry keypad is functional!

http://raisinggeeksandgearheads.blogspot.com/2010/01/all-hardware-functional-has-sound.html

Andrew

I never use the word normally, but that is awesome! What a lucky kid!

Andrew

digitalman2112

Thanks Andrew. I've been using this project as a way to make up for lost time while I've been focused on my MBA.

He's 9, so I figure I have 3 or 4 more years MAX where he will hang out with me and work on stuff - so I better use that time wisely :)


patrickscotland

Nice project! It would be cool to setup a projector screen on the window and build a shaking seat - perhaps interface arduino to drive an old "powerplate" ! Best wishes, P

sircastor

Very cool project indeed! I wish that I could have had stuff like that when I was a kid.

You should get a half dozen ultra-bright red LEDs and put them tucked behind things. Randomly trigger an "Alert" that can be disengaged by a button...

Road

What no scope??

What kind of space flight simulation would be complete without an o-scope and some cool signwaves going on...


http://www.nkcelectronics.com/digital-storage-oscilloscope-diy-kit.html

Road

digitalman2112

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Feb 09, 2010, 05:48 pm Last Edit: Feb 09, 2010, 05:49 pm by digitalman2112 Reason: 1
Our project is featured on tomsguide.com - "30 Inventions from Regular Guys"!!!

Article Link - http://www.tomsguide.com/us/pictures-story/146-sparkfun-makers-inventions.html

Our Project's Page - http://www.tomsguide.com/us/pictures-story/146-29-sparkfun-makers-inventions.html

The link to the blog is bad - use this one - http://raisinggeeksandgearheads.blogspot.com/

I can't wait to show my son when I get home tonight!!!

There are lots of cool projects there, make sure you see them all!  :)


Grumpy_Mike

Great, it reminds me of when I was a kid and played at "space". I used to get a load of old war surplus radios, lots of dials and switches and make consoles. Of course nothing actually worked, this is so much better. Lucky lad.

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He's 9, so I figure I have 3 or 4 more years MAX where he will hang out with me and work on stuff


Yes but when he comes "out the other side" it can happen again.  ;)

One of my favourite quotes normally attributed to Mark Twain:-
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"When I was a boy of 14, my father was so ignorant I could hardly stand to have the old man around. But when I got to be 21, I was astonished at how much the old man had learned in seven years."

digitalman2112

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Great, it reminds me of when I was a kid and played at "space". I used to get a load of old war surplus radios, lots of dials and switches and make consoles. Of course nothing actually worked, this is so much better. Lucky lad.


When I was a kid, I practically LIVED at the Orlando Science Center. They had a space capsule (can't remember which one) and I could lay in that thing for hours running missions in my head. Hadn't thought about that...maybe it is genetic  ;)

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"When I was a boy of 14, my father was so ignorant I could hardly stand to have the old man around. But when I got to be 21, I was astonished at how much the old man had learned in seven years."


While I was well aware of the concept, I have never seen it stated so well. I can only hope he feels that way at 21 and I don't have to wait until he is 30  :)

Jan G

digitalman2121,

Love your "geekification" work on your kid! From your video it looks like you can just put in a Warp Core and your boy is ready to go. Great Job!

I am trying to do the same with my kids and am working to get my 11 year old to do a few sketches. That blinking LED is a lot of fun and "Hello World" even more. The Arduino has made it real easy for non engineers to get into the wonderful world of micro controllers.

Keep up the good work!

Jan


MikMo

Well my son is 3 months old, so i guess if i get started now, i can build an Arduino based "beam me up Scotty" device and probably have it working when he's around 11.

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