Long time no chat, how've ya been?
Okay I'm gonna dive right in. So as you might know i'm in high school. This year was the first year my school implemented an internship program and I , as I m sure you fellow makers can relate to, immediately miss used it for a my own purposes. So I "interned" and turned my out of school project into an in and out of school project! However, it worked out very well because of my mentor. An ex software engineer turned teacher, who is my favorite teacher, agreed to be my mentor for the internship. Basically she agreed to help me when I ran into code - research problems, ran into Heisenbugs, or got tangled in ideas. Indeed by drawing from her software dev knowledge and her clairvoyant ;-) insights she was crucial to making the progress I have. Thank you again, Ms.K, if you read this.
so, about that progress: here is a small list of what has been accomplished.
- Decided on final sensor array
- Created all but one circuit boards for the project
- Order all designed boards
- Orded the 3d-model chassis mentioned before. The new one is more accurate than my prior one on thingiverse. the previous one: https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:1739621
- Hand soldered three of the boards (and they worked, after a few tries)
- Created a gui with menus, lists, pages, and customizable objects, from scratch in circuitpython
- (okay this is kinda off topic but: Some else actually was able to use the gui on different hardware! It is open on github, it's called TG-US rather the TG-UserSystem (i don't want to call it an OS because it isn't))
Okay, now for some not progress:
- Soldering mpr121 chips has NOT been successful! At all! (WOW are they tiny)
- The slots for the hinges I cadded in were too small and make the retention plate bulge out
- Ahhhhhhhh software takes a lot fo brain power, but oh boy is it fun!
I find that I do best in conversation, please feel free to chat and ask questions. Or if you wanna use the gui message me on discord: @TG-Techie#5402.
If you have any tips on soldering tiny and thin chips I'd love some help!