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A project log for Dot flippers

or "flip dotters" if you want. Let's just talk about flip-dot/flip-disc displays and projects using them :-)

Yann Guidon / YGDESYann Guidon / YGDES 11/30/2016 at 03:270 Comments

@Shaos got boards !

He also shared some informations he dug, such as https://github.com/hshutan/45x7-flipdot-controller: we learn more details about flip voltage (10-15V) so it's right in my range of +/-12V (though there is one more diode drop, which could be reduced with a Schottky).

I'm also curious about the following remark : ".... there is little risk of a flip dot being energized for more than a few hundred microseconds"

I don't know the cycle time of my machine but I was anxious that the pulse would be too short. I thought a dot would need a pulse that would last something like 100ms but Harrison implies that it's in fact shorter. Given that the RES15 relays have a propagation/latency of around 3.5ms, it's actually a good margin yet not excessively long... We'll see !


Maybe it's a coincidence but hackaday.com has just published a story about modern flip dots screens, the expensive kind...
http://hackaday.com/2016/11/29/flip-dot-displays-appear-with-modernized-drivers/


Oh and have a look at the gorgeous dots at https://github.com/hshutan/45x7-flipdot-controller

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