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General Category => General Discussion => Topic started by: chickenparm42 on Jan 21, 2013, 03:25 am

Title: Oh What to Do...
Post by: chickenparm42 on Jan 21, 2013, 03:25 am
OK, so I am planning on building a really cool device with a bunch of switches on it, among other things. I am going to have a key switch (main power switch), several toggle switches with covers ("missile switches"), a 12 button keypad (for "authentication"), a character LCD with an RGB backlight, and a wave shield (so it talks/plays cool sound effects).  I just don't know what to make these switches do...

I am just looking for general ideas, specifically creative ones.

Any help would be appreciated!



Title: Re: Oh What to Do...
Post by: cmiyc on Jan 23, 2013, 10:11 pm
The first generation of "personal computers" like the Altair was programmed by setting a series of switches on the front panel.

You could use the same method for selecting what sounds get played.  Like entering a combination.
Title: Re: Oh What to Do...
Post by: kuhntucker on Jan 24, 2013, 05:10 am
If you want to mess with people, you could make each switch do something unique, but when one switch is on it could do random things.
Title: Re: Oh What to Do...
Post by: retrolefty on Jan 24, 2013, 05:15 am
The coolest project I've seen using simple switches is the so called magic switch box. Watch the video and be prepared to be amazed.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lw9MGa7iQq4

Lefty