Hi guys, new to the forum!
I'd like to develop my own lap timer for my go kart, I race at a semi professional level so quality and what it can do and achieve has to be pretty good!.
I have been doing a fair bit of googling on the subject, there isn't anything serious about the subject, I've noticed a lot of people are using IR beacons to generate their laptimes rather than magnetic pickups! most seem to be playing with RC Cars.
Arduino appears to be the go for programming it and making it all work given how popular and common the programming language is now, I know nothing about the language though but I wont get too concerned about going there for the time being, just gotta work out the nuts and bolts on it first to see if it can be done!
Things it must have:
Magnetic Pickup for laptimes (all go kart tracks I know of have 3 magnetic strips)
Things that I'd like to implement:
The idea of gps is that it draws a map, and under analysis on a laptop you can use an overlay of google earth to analyse your driving lines.
All of this is very similar to the AIM Mychron device that's quite well known.
I have seen someone do something similar to what I am trying to achieve, they had all of their sensors terminating into a box that sat on the floor pan (you could always put this box anywhere rather than the floor pan!) with D serial connections (9 pin), which then had a d connection going out to it's own display box up on the steering wheel. I don't however know what programming it used to communicate with all it's sensors and what software he was using to analyse his data.
Other considerations for the device would also be vibrations and it would have to absolutely be waterproof!
I did find when googling a program called "loguino", but I'm not entirely convinced it's suitable for what I'm trying to achieve given the sensors I need to use.
Any direction on where to begin and guidance would be most appreciated!