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General Category => Maths, Geometry, Physics and others => Topic started by: jheigh on January 11, 2011, 15:59:57 PM

Title: Electronic dual dice
Post by: jheigh on January 11, 2011, 15:59:57 PM
hey guys... i was planning to make a electronic dual dice project without using PIC.
Can somebody help me about this proj? thanks.. A schematic for this would really help.. thanks..
Title: Re: Electronic dual dice
Post by: bob on January 12, 2011, 10:05:07 AM
Hi there young Grasshopper,
this is the site for PIC enthusiasts and we will keep it as such, however, since you've asked nicely I will try to help you by pointing to you a couple of places. First, this circuit has been published by many Electronics magazines around the world. Try www.siliconchip.com.au (http://www.siliconchip.com.au) for a complete article. A kit with all components you may be able to obtain from www.altronics.com.au (http://www.altronics.com.au) or
www.jaycar.com.au (http://www.jaycar.com.au). Both have mail order services. I could post a circuit, but it would be a breach of copy rights and Administrator may not like that kind of activity on his site.
Cheers. Bob
Title: Re: Electronic dual dice
Post by: jheigh on January 12, 2011, 13:39:55 PM
hey bob.. thanks for your help..  i'l surely check the site you've given...  Im so sorry if i posted it on the wrong forum.. anyway, this would be a big favor to ask from you but i just want to ask if you could send me your circuit for my additional reference.. thanks so much in advance..  ;D
Title: Re: Electronic dual dice
Post by: bob on January 13, 2011, 12:30:55 PM
Hi jheigh,
your post is where it should be and if it was not, the moderator or administrator would have moved it to another place. Here is the full path to the circuit you have asked for. Enjoy making it and playing a game you had in mind.
Cheers. Bob
http://www.siliconchip.com.au/cms/A_30660/article.html (http://www.siliconchip.com.au/cms/A_30660/article.html)
Title: Re: Electronic dual dice
Post by: kam on January 13, 2011, 22:37:52 PM
hi people.

this is a very nice link, added to my rss.

jheigh, i made once a dice for educational reasons, but it works. it is single, but you can double it my doubling the LEDs, the driving transistors and the 4017. I thought though that you wanted a PIC dice, didn't you?
Title: Re: Electronic dual dice
Post by: jheigh on January 23, 2011, 14:13:26 PM
thanks for the very usefull link.. i already made the circuit and it worked properly.. thanks so much...  ^_^

@ kam:
thanks too for  the recommendation, i also doubled it... you guys are very  good with this...^_^

bob and kam:
Now that i build my electronic dice, i wanted now to build my up down counter... i already found some resources but i think its not enough.. can you guys suggest some tips to me or any references? thanks so much.. god bless!!! :) ;D

Title: Re: Electronic dual dice
Post by: kam on January 23, 2011, 19:48:25 PM
it is a good time to start with designing IC circuits, simple TTL or CMOS. Go to these pages:

CMOS (http://pcbheaven.com/pinouts/)
TTL pinouts (http://pcbheaven.com/pinouts/?prgn=2)

Here is a good reference to have a quick pinout list for CMOS and TTL chips, but is not enough. I really do not have a circuit for up/down counter, but you can easily make one yourself. First make a pulse generator with a 555, that is straight forward. Keep the frequency low, for example 0.5 to 10 Hz. Drive the pulses to a 74xx190, and the outputs A-B-C-D of this to the inputs A-B-C-D of a BCD to 7-segment driver like 4511. It sounds complicate but is simpler. There are some pins that needs to be taken to HIGH or LOW, and this has to do with the setup. With this, you have just make yourself a single digit Up/Down counter.  You can cascade multiple counters and decoders to add more digits.

Making a counter is super fun. As a matter of fact, the first digital circuit that i designed and worked (back in 90s') was a 3-digits UP (only) counter.  (http://pcbheaven.com/exppages/images/thumbs/waterflowsensor_1275125260.jpg) and still works! I used it to measure pulses from a flow sensor (http://pcbheaven.com/exppages/Experimenting_with_Liquid_Flow_Sensor/)

P.S. Get more than one counter and decoder. Also keep in mind, that if you get CMOS, they are VERY SENSITIVE IN STATIC ELECTRICITY! Do not touch them bare-handed for they will be destroyed without any notice. Use insulated tools to put them on breadboards, and better ground yourself with something like this:

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