Friday, December 27, 2013

STIGA table hockey custom scoreboard

Hi there ! First of all merry Christmas and happy new year. I am sorry that I wasn’t active for a long time, but things have changed lately. I had to overcome some things, I can’t tell you whether I’ll continue with this blog, but for right now I want to.


So, few weeks back my brother had called me, and he said that he would like to restore an old STIGA table hockey, that we used to play with, when we were younger. I thought it was a great idea, so he wanted me to create a scoreboard, since game itself had only mechanical one that was not very appealing. They also came up with new goals and nets for them and we’ve ordered original NHL teams. So when designing I went for the easier option, so I have found these I2C display modules, because multiplexing eight 7-segment displays with single atmega328 would be suicide. They came right before Christmas, and I brought home with me few tools to put it all together. It wasn’t as easy as though at the beginning since library provided by the seller wasn’t directly for the version of the displays we’ve ordered. That’s the reason why it took me some time to figure it all out. After that it was pretty straight forward. You can see the working scoreboard in the video, also Brandon Dubinsky scoring brilliant goal !


 

5 comments:

  1. Great Job! Is there a way to use 2 goal sensors instead of manually inputting each goal?

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    1. Hi there, Thanks :) There should be a way to achieve that, but at the time I did not wanted to drive wires through and to drill a lot, So I've opted for such simple solution. But you could use either optical IR sensors, or even some mechanical ones, since the goals are countersunk.

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  2. I totally understand, it looks great. I recently decided to spruce up the stiga table as well. After making a stand for it, and customizing the ice and players, I figured I should find a way to make a scoreboard. Any sites you'd recommend for learning about this sort of project?

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    1. Well that depends on whether you've ever worked with microprocessors, but this project isn't that complicated :), theres a link to displays in the text, some documentation and library for arduino is there, as for arduino, head to arduino.cc

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