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Saturday, February 23, 2008

Building a Wooden Pulley (continued)

I want to be able to work with two pulleys simultaneously, so I’m adding the rotary encoder to wooden pulley I started building last week. The PS/2 mice have turned out to be quite a clever hack because each one gives me two rotary encoders and three switch inputs in exchange to two pins on the Arduino. I’ve started thinking a bit more about multiples — and while this may be a little premature, I want to work out a bit of the technical end of this before getting too heavily into final fabrication.

I’ve invested rather heavily in this for the past two days. Perhaps because this is more comfortable for me than other things that need to get done now — like preparing for the mid-term presentation.

What this does mean, however, is that I have the pieces for a much more modular system. I’m envisioning a hub that I can plug each pulley into using a single CAT-5 cable. This makes the performance setup clean — and won’t require any soldering.

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posted by Michael at 11:47 pm  

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