First prototype working !

A project log for Trap chess

My neighbour creates totally insane chess boards. He needs my electronics skills for this one...

Yann Guidon / YGDESYann Guidon / YGDES 05/23/2019 at 00:300 Comments

Voilà !

So the whole thing works (at least one of the two prototypes) but I have to admit that I had to "cheat" because after many difficulties with a lousy design, I finally caved and added a PIC16F818... It simplifies many things but creates its own problems.

But it works.

One conclusion is : there is no simple or easy TTL/SSI/MSI chip that helps with building a decent Finite State Machine or a simple automaton. The MC14500B would require several companion chips, including some sort of PROM, which would be overkill for a simple design.

Overall, I see now why microcontrollers have emerged and are a market by themselves. Yet I wish there was a simpler, smaller solution for the trivial functions...