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5 Posts authored by: jofas
Hello again! I had to delay this project for a little bit because I had final exams. Now that they're over, I've got some catching up to do. But it has been great to see the progress the other challengers are making!   In case you missed my previous posts, you can see them all here.   In my previous updates, I have discussed my progress in getting the Edison to recognize which key is being typed. As we have seen, there have been some issues. Remember how each type bar rests on a loop ...
Back again! In this post I will discuss my progress combining the typewriter and the Edison together. In case you missed them, here are my previous posts: Post 3 Post 2 Post 1   In my last post, I mentioned that my LED testing board revealed a problem with my circuit: the inputs are sensitive to vibration and give off a lot of glitches as I type. I had come up with some code to get around this, but later I thought that it might be better to try to solve the problem with hardware instead ...
Hello again! In this post I will discuss my progress regarding the key-detection feature of the Hermes 3000 Upcycled Typewriter project. If you missed my first two posts you can view them here: Post 1 Post 2   In my last post I showed how I attached loops of copper wire to the typewriter to act as part of a "normally-closed" switch (with the type-bars acting as the other part). I have now attached wires to these loops so they can be connected to the shift registers. Check out this pictur ...
The Hermes 3000 is back! Sorry for the delay but here is my 2nd post showing my progress on the upcycled typewriter project.   As stated in my introduction post, my initial idea was to place some sort of photo-interrupters under the keys to detect which key was being pressed. However, I soon realized that this could not fit under the top row of the keyboard . So, I decided to go with a more basic approach. I removed the front cover of the typewriter (usually you remove this to change the r ...
Hello Element14 Community!   For this project I will be upcycling a Hermes 3000 Typewriter. This specific typewriter was built around the early 1960's. Typewriters have become obsolete due to personal computers, however they are still collected because they are very interesting machines that reflect a different era of engineering.   I would like to bring this typewriter into the 21st century using the Intel Edison. It will be more of a novelty idea rather then solving a realistic probl ...