I am looking to hire someone to help me build a project. As I have no electrical knowledge and have attempted to learn thru many websites-but just can't work out how to make the project I have in mind.
There are a couple of ways we can do this project.
1- someone to build and program all the parts- send to me and we install in our own box
2- same as number 1....but you also build the box and install.
I should note that I only have Mac computers- if that matters
side note: I have contacted Mikal Hart- the original creator of the Reverse Geocache box.
however, he does not have the time to tackle this project.
My concept is to have a large box/case that is a mutil stage puzzle. Instead of having only one challenge to solve- then the box opens. You will have a number of separate challenge/puzzles to solve. Ultimately leading to opening a hidden compartment in the main box- to revel al reverse geocache box- which can be removed from the case (and you proceed as normal)
Essentially there is the large main box/case- which contains other items inside. Also hidden inside this box is another small (more portable) reverse geo box. Which all the challenges before lead up to unlocking this compartment- gaining access to the small removable reverse geo box.
As I am planning to propose to my girlfriend...and I have already been planning an elaborate recreation of the popular tv show The Amazing Race. Which had geocache hunting as it's challenges.
so I would like to incorporated the box during the "race" and not just one portion. If that makes any sense.
Would it be possible to have you build the "inner workings and brains" and we install in our own box?
of course you are welcome to build the box and install everything in it....since I would prefer this.
Note: I would like the box to open a series of doors/ secret compartments built into the box...at different locations
1) add a digital photo frame? (most of these play video as well)
when the lid of the case opens- this photo frame beings to play some video (complete with sound)
In addition, after the video text will appear on the screen- which would be some riddles/clues to solve
(there is a limit switch that detects the lid opening- which trigers the photo frame to start)
you can see a great example of this concept at the link below:
site with a few details for the build of the above movie case:http://www.genmay.com/showthread.php?t=836668
there is a small number keypad- that you enter in the code- and out pops the first secret compartment.(more on this later)
2) would it be possible to also add a count down timer clock?
this is like what you see in action movies- they open a case- which is a bomb and it triggers a count down clock to start.
this count led timer is really a timed delayed lock. Once the timer has runout- it opens a latch to another compartment of the box.
this could be a large display led count down timer. Listing number of days, hours, mins, and seconds.
This time delay lock- opens the compartment that contains the final puzzle (self contained reverse geo box-containing the ring).
functions of the box:
A) built into the box/case is (4) secret hidden drawers that pops out the sides.
(2) drawers would contain a envelope with her next clue/challenge.
(2) contain small keys see sample video here: (
my inspiration for these pop out drawers- is the blitz money box puzzle.
which you can see here: (at 2:49...trust me jump there the video is boring)
I have one and the mechanics are very simple.
It's literally just a spring that when triggered "pops" the drawer out. You place the money inside the drawer and close the drawer with some pressure (pushing against spring) and a small latch holds the drawer in the "locked" position.
when the 3 balls are lined up- they press against the drawers latch..and the spring pops the drawer out.
sounds complex on paper- but it's really simple system
So I would think all you need is a servo that pulls a small pin/latch to the spring loaded door- and it pops open
a more "fancy" way- would be like a cd/dvd player drawer that slides out (to load the cd/dvd) and then retracts back into the player. So I'm sure you could hack apart a old cd/dvd player and then program these existing parts to work.
size of these drawers need to hold an envelope sized aprox: 10.5'' x 6'' (side to side- top to bottom)
B) when the lid of the box is open - the bottom section houses a canister tube puzzle.
this canister is much like the tubes used at the drive thru banks. Or, pipe bombs like you see inside a briefcase in the movies.
you can see a sample of the bank tube canister- at the link below:http://www.banktubesdirect.com/allcarriers.aspx
under the canister is what appears to be a solid bottom. This is a removable panel (which could be unlocked at a set GPS location)
the bottom section of the case is dived into (3) separate sections.
Left side is basically a box built into the larger case. All that is seen is a set of key holes for a couple of locks. Throughout the "race" she collects a number of keys. Once all keys are collected she can use them to open the locks- which opens the top of this box. Inside is another clue for her.
in addition, there is a secret hidden/compartment door located against right side of the box. This compartment houses the final reverse geo box.
Since this is the last function of the main box...it would be interesting if instead of unlatching a lid- the secret panel slides open- and the small geo box is pushed up out of the larger box.
this video link (at :35 seconds) has a tube that rises out of the box (just to give you a visual)
The middle section- would be used to mount the electronic elements used to make the box function.
C) you have a small keypad- that attaches to the back of the box (or built in the bottom of the box- which is hidden by false foot peg)
this is the "backdoor" system. You enter your number code- and the box opens - should you need access to it.
you can see a sample of this at the link below: (1:14 minutes into video)
D) Box will need rechargeable battery system
with quick connect (located on outside of box) so you just plug in the power cable directly to case. This allows you to charge the batteries without having to "open" the box.
E) The outside of the box will need to have a latch for a padlock. This is the first step in the puzzle- unlocking the lock to open the case
F) All electronics need to be Velcro into the box/case. So they can easily be removed (while all wires,cables,devices can stay attached)
as this box will need to be air travel friendly.
I'm thinking that if you had all the components separate- it might be less of a hassle with security.
would there be a way to "pause" the programs of the box? More specifically the main count down timer- if we can pause the current time its on- travel- then continue on where the clock left off.
Note: I have not really figured out what the canister puzzle is exactly.
I know all of the above is a bit much to digest...and at first glance- this appears too be very complex...when in fact it's not.
I have a "rough" drawing of the case- not sure if that would be of any help. But I should note that by no means am I an artist. And "rough" drawings would be an understatement.
While the above is the basic concept- I'm open to any suggestions, ideas, concepts that you may have.
Of course, I will pay for all the parts (retail value)
and then we would need to work out fee for programing.
please I'm begging anyone out there- that can do this- please contact me at:firstname.lastname@example.org
Thanks for your time