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Re: Lion's electronics corner
« Reply #45 on: Aug 04, 2021, 05:58 AM »

So... I finally got a helmet that I'm moderately happy with it and started putting electronics inside. This is just an Arduino with a servo (MG90S) and a magnetic sensor (KY-003). With a magnet in the tip of your finger you activate the sensor and alternate the positions of the servo. It's very close to what we see on mandalorian S2.

This feature will be added to my biggest WiP: The MandoSuite (better name pending). A central unit to control all the electronics inside my helmet.
In addition to the control via the Android app I've shown before, now I'm adding communication with an Arduino in the glove to control the servo and other things. That would be great for Fett style gauntlets or other custom builds without having to use a smartphone.

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Re: Lion's electronics corner
« Reply #46 on: Aug 04, 2021, 09:18 AM »
So cool

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Re: Lion's electronics corner
« Reply #47 on: Feb 01, 2022, 08:45 AM »
I know this is pretty old, but I had to ask; is your android app available anywhere? I'd love to use the motion graphics screens in the future.

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Re: Lion's electronics corner
« Reply #48 on: Feb 01, 2022, 09:42 AM »
I know this is pretty old, but I had to ask; is your android app available anywhere? I'd love to use the motion graphics screens in the future.

Hi Zam. The graphics in the Android app are placeholders, they're actually videos I downloaded from Youtube.
This was one:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=feJcW3n0cTQ
The other I can't find it right now but I think it was Aliens inspired.

The project isn't finished yet as for the last months I've been focused on my Beskar, both armor and a big mythosaur skull.

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Re: Lion's electronics corner
« Reply #49 on: Feb 01, 2022, 11:05 AM »
Ok! Thanks so much! Hope your armor has gone well!

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Re: Lion's electronics corner
« Reply #50 on: Jan 11, 2023, 07:32 PM »

Haven't worked in anything Mandalorian related in a very long while, but recently I got requested a custom display. It was for the Planetside gauntlet from AlterEgoArmory which has room for a big screen, so I took the opportunity to develop something better and this came out. Learned a few tricks for screen programming and I think the result is pretty cool!

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Re: Lion's electronics corner
« Reply #51 on: Jan 12, 2023, 08:19 AM »
OMG, this Is awesome! I just finished these gaunts and was looking for a screen ti put in there  :porg2:

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Re: Lion's electronics corner
« Reply #52 on: Jan 15, 2023, 06:58 PM »

AlterEgoArmory which has room for a big screen, so I took the opportunity to develop something better and this came out. Learned a few tricks for screen programming and I think the result is pretty cool!

WOW!  Very nice.

I've just taken the dive into Arduino and besides the stuff I'm starting for the grandson's Brio track/train controls (he's only 2.5 so I have a little time)  I wanted to look for a project or 2 to keep my hands busy.  I retired 2 years ago after 40+ years in I.T.   I didn't want to hijack your thread but figured I'd throw some things out that are in the ideation stage.   I'm not looking to monetize any of this and wanted to pay it forward some other folks have been helping me out in various ways. 

I like the graphics you shared and it was not unlike some of the things bouncing around in my head.    One possible approach is leveraging some of the wireless (ESP/Bluetooth/etc) features in some of the boards out there.   Between the displays, touch displays and keypads it got my mind wandering off in all directions.    I'm still relatively new to sketches but have been writing code since 1977 (started on punched cards).   Having seen some of the elaborate wiring harnesses that folks doing IronMan I wanted to see if it was plausible to go wireless.  Some wiring would likely be required with a possible plug & play solution.   Seen too many horror stories about harness failures. 

Some of the things I'd been writing down on the idea board include:

* using some type of master controller that gets messages from the remotes/slaves and then "does something".

* putting the battery pack(s) and/or larger controller behind the breastplate.   The other option is for the gauntlets but the weight might start to add up.   The larger processor (like an Uno or larger) would be the master controller driving other actions across the armor set.   The local boards could still do something but it would be limited to local action so if there is a problem with the master the suit would still have some bells and whistles albeit a limited feature set.

* Add some type of display panel in the gauntlet.  Not sure if touch screens would be worthwhile as they start to consume a few pins & there is the issue of gloves needing accommodation.   

* button pad - have seen some 12 & 16 button pads.  One issue again that they start taking up pins.    Unless the action is local to the remote controller it would send a message to the master.    Something like raising or lowering the rangefinder.   Another is to discretely display the time on the gauntlet when a button is pressed.

*  one of the buttons or other triggers to "turn on" the armor/weaponry so that lights come on.  One could activate features based on bringing the weapon to ready.

* hall effect sensor - (sense magnetic field or lack of one) could be interesting for activating the lights in the small detonators.

* lots of possible ways to activate the sidearm when removed from a holster.

* Clan identifier - when coming up to another member it might be interesting to receive a "friendly signal" that is displayed on the gauntlets.

* some of the boards have a microSD card reader that can be used for graphics/images - no experience there other than just aware of them.

 * Cameras - way over my head at the moment but adafruit and others are doing some interesting things.

* GPS - above my payg rade :)

* speakers - tbd

* servos  & vibration motors - tbd (besides the knife)

* biometric monitoring -  I always wondered what was the point of the "gizmo" on some of the armor plates.    Could have some interesting uses for monitoring one's health (or others in the group) during parades/events.

I've rambled on long enough.  If you ever want to do some brainstorming or collaboration drop me a message at meadmkr at yahoo dot com.


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Re: Lion's electronics corner
« Reply #53 on: Jan 15, 2023, 07:34 PM »
Hey, Mead! If you've been coding since '77 you're parsec ahead of my expertise! You'll have no trouble doing stuff with Arduino, it's just learning the basics about electricity and electronics.

I don't know if you've seen the previous posts on this thread but I do have a main controller on my helmet that uses Bluetooth communication with my phone and gauntlet. And yeah, there are a few interesting Iron-Man suit projects one can read to get ideas and learn a few tricks. I currently don't have much time to work on my Mando since I'm actually studying so I can work as a programmer. But I do share some of your ideas about things that go beyond cool looking dummy stuff.

The helmet from our Mandalore himself is another great inspiration, as he runs a good amount of electronics on it.

Currently I have the following: servo control via gauntlet, app or hall sensor in the ear. Fan control and internal light control. Going farther than that is something an Arduino board can do but adds up, a Raspberry would be more capable.

As for local boards, that'd be my way to go if I opted for the Raspberry (a model Pi Zero W should be more than enough) and then make everything work via Bluetooth. That's actually what I find to be the biggest challenge: developing a way for the Arduino to add/remove new Bluetooth devices without reprogramming the board, and letting them know that they are. Maybe I'll use my app as a bridge to provide that info.

As for the availability of pins, there are always tricks like multiplexing and shift registers (things that fall in the electronics field that you'll learn along the Arduino way).

GPS is actually pretty use to interface with.

Speakers... I'm always saying it, but I hate working with audio.

Thank you for sharing your thoughts, those are some great ideas!

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Re: Lion's electronics corner
« Reply #54 on: Jan 15, 2023, 10:44 PM »
Sounds like we are running down parallel tracks :)

Whatever I end up writing I'll likely share back out to the community.   If I start off with Arduino would likely stay with it to both make it modular and lessen the learning curve of two platforms.   I run an older version of Octoprint with is about the extent of my Raspberry experience.  Need to reinstall it with the latest version which requires a new install.  Been too busy printing multiple projects to allocate the time,  Other than that I haven't touched Linux/Unix in many years. 

Was reading the threads you mentioned and will have to start making a thought map to keep it all straight in my head.  I'd love to collaborate with some any others willing to add to the collective.  The top two considerations would be price, commonly available components (or close substitutes) and the ability to be easily integrated into an individual Mando's suit.    The interesting thing is that the Brio train project shares some of the same modularity so any lessons learned for one project should help with the other !

 Right now I'm fighting with fabric trying to adapt a flak vest to fit my stately Santa-esque figure.  We have the toddler grandson staying with us this coming week so my tinkering time will be limited until after his bed time.   

If you are willing at some future point f bandwidth opens up I might reach out to show you what I have planned and see if you can suggest any improvements or alternatives.  Also if you are aware of others on the forums that might be interested in trying things out or testing things that'd be good to leverage those resources.

Cheers
Chris (K'ringel)

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