Electrical/Mechanical Clock UPDATED: now with WIFI and MP3 player

UPDATE August 2, 2019 I posted an article about the main control board for this project here…

https://checkmatearts.com/jimstoys/control_board/

This is part 1 video of my electronic/mechanical clock project video series. This clock has a lot of 3D printed parts. I use wood and metal in situations where it makes more sense to use other methods instead of 3D printing.

It has 3 stepper motors (hours, minutes, seconds), digital clock module, 8266 WIFI module (control settings from phone), i2c digital display, menu control switches (ganged on an analog input), LED light string PWM dimming control and hall sensors (for gear position sense).

Steppers are 28BYJ-48 and ULN2003 Driver Board with my own code (not stepper library).

Currently I am using Arduino Nano but I might need something with more I/O later.

YouTube video

YouTube video

I have more videos coming. But, I am not sure what people might be most interested in seeing.

So, if you can leave comments on YouTube, I would appreciate that a lot.

Also, I am working on multi-cylinder solenoid motors (3D printed). I think they will look cool powering mechanical clocks or other types of kinetic devices (automata?).

The solenoid motors will have an Arduino controlled ESC (electronic speed control). i'm using hall sensors to read the speed and position of the crank shaft.

I hope to get people to like and subscribe on the YouTube channel.

So, far I am not getting enough feedback to decide what to do next. So, hopefully you guys will come by the channel and let me know. Checkmate Arts on YouTube

Thanks much,

Jim

I have been busy on other projects so I didn't get to part 2 yet. I think part 2 will be about hall sensors and the software to automatically correct the time after power outage.

However, I did put up another YouTube video that goes into the process of makeing a custom metal art clock...

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I finally got around to making the final design for my generic controller board.

My plan is to publish a bunch of how to articles and videos on my website at checkmatearts.com and also Facebook and YouTube. I have written an overview article. Will post that soon and then follow up articles. and videos, etc.

Please consider leaving comments/suggestions here or on YouTube and give me advice about what you would like to see next. Thanks much for that!

The design of this control board has uses beyond clocks and is also related to my steampunk RC/WIFI car project. I needed a system architecture that I can re-purpose easily. So here is a photo of the main board...

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UPDATE August 2, 2019 I posted an article about the main control board for this project here…

https://checkmatearts.com/jimstoys/control_board/