Been working hard on portfolio and job hunting over the past 4 months. Think I'm pretty solid on that front now so I've been slowly getting back into testing stuff for this table (and other projects)...
One thing I have discovered during my 4 month break is Addressable LEDs.... Man this is such a better solution to lighting. I can control hundreds of RGB LEDs with just a single data line!? this is definitely how I'm going to be running my lights in this table. I also have been experimenting in running 'groups' of lights under the inserts to get some pretty cool effects.
I also got my numerical display working, so I have a legit score counter now.
I have also spent a little more time getting to know how to deal with the low power arduino / high power solinoids. Really looking forward to getting back into this project, and I'm sure the girlfriend will be really excited to get this cocktail table out of our kitchen... I'm going to start re-assembling the playfield as my next step, and getting the game working again without any art or rules. Once I get it functional, I'll start just shooting around and getting an idea of whats fun and whats not with the design, then break it down again, do artwork, and write the rules for the code.
The second big project I have going on is making a 'fortune teller' coin op machine. Been learning how to control servos for animatronics, and triggering sounds and music through the arduino. Also getting a lot of experience in lighting effects and that code as well.... Wish I had more free time!
also picked up a shelf for my Tiki Mugs... for... insperation...
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