Connected Nerf gun target
Group project with:
Cheng- Hsiang Yang
The intent of this project was to learn the new platforms like Particle and Amazon Alexa for developing for IOT devices. While playing with the Nerf guns lying around the studio, we came up with the idea of making a connected Nerf target that would automatically calculate users' score and publish it online with their name to a scoreboard.
We used acrylic sheet to make the target since it turned out working perfectly with the vacuum Nerf bullets. We also put LED strips and a big four digit 7-segment display scoreboard to give instant feedback to the user when s/he hits the target.
We developed a tiny database inside of the electron to identify users. We entered ~20 students' name and assigned a unique four digit password for them to enter before playing with the target,
We used Particle Electron development board to make the product. It publishes the users score with their name on a Google Charts list. Here take a look at who is leading in the scoreboard!
We built quick prototypes to test the functionality of the materials and developed different parts of the interaction with different Arduino boards and finally merged everything when all the pieces worked perfectly. Enjoy some of the snapshots from the development process!
First quick prototype to see if the concept would really work with the nerf suction bullets
Team working on the next prototype
Laser cutting the target using acrylic sheet
Placing the laser cut pieces on top of the sensors- which are serial connected push-buttons
Prototype ready for testing
Switching to Electron and making the skeleton circuit to test and debug the code
Developing scenarios and trying Amazon Alexa as an input - we decided not to go with Alexa for time constraints
Soldering the 7 Seg display to the I2C backpack
Plugging in and testing the big 7-Seg LED display
Me explaining the power structure of the system to my teammates
Apoorva's method of creating the database and password system inside of the main code
Soldering the RGB LED strips
Here is the complete skeleton working proof of concept before installing it into the case
Installing the password buttons and the 7-seg display to the plywood case
Labelling the cables in order to easily keep track of them in the mess
Installing the buttons and LED strips to the case
Right before installing the acrylic target pieces
Feedback during the final presentation
Me destroying the target during the final presentation - We discovered that painted acrylic does not stick well enough to the buttons and switched to unpainted white ones right after this accident
Final product! It is open to all the students at ID to play with!
I would like to thank to my teammates for this enjoyable project. I also would like to thank TJ McLeish and Zach Pino for their amazing feedback and contributions throughout the semester.
© 2017 Ahmet Burak Aktas