Project Collaboration?

I'm REALLY bored at work at the moment and need a personal project to distract me. The problem with past projects is I often run into problems or lose interest and they fall by the wayside. I was thinking that if the project was a collaboration I'd be more motivated and could call on people with better skills than me. Anyways I'll propose a few projects, and let me know if you are interested. Or if you've got an idea, post it up. I'd love to do something robotics related, but m programming skills aren't great. I can use "wrapper" environments, like Matlab and Arduino, but raw C++ isn't a strong point. I've got access to all the CAD stuff that would ever be needed, Pro/E, Solidworks, AutoCAD, ANSYS, Strand7. I've got some skills in and access to composite manufacturing, like carbon fibre and glass but no vacuum baggin facilities anymore. My first project idea is a bargraph type watch - kind of like the awesome binary watches here, but the time increments on a bargraph. I think only one bargraph to show the minutes would be necessary - you pretty much know the hour most of the time, and you could work it out using the minutes if it's around the hour. A ten segment display would give resolution of 6 minutes - good enough for most purposes. I could do the hardware layout and manufacturing for this project, but I don't think I could do the programming. how about a homemade SMS device? not the most practical when mobile phones are so small and cheap and would be WAY more fully featured, but I think it would be cool to have a homemade device that could at least send SMSs. Open source, single sided PCB, would be awesome. obviosuly as small as possible but maybe aim for something the size of a blackberry of treo? Not stylish maybe but maximum hacker cred thumb keyboard ---> microcontroller ---> cellular module&LCD GPS based car locator - I know this functionality exists in modern cars but certainly not my 1994 feroza - a box that sits in your car that SMSs you GPS coordinates if your car alarm is activated. I've been looking for this for ages in a commercial product but the prices are outrageous. Other more outlandish projects are a CNC machine and single sided, through-hole, no (or very little) programming MP3 player Any ideas?

trialex (author) 10 years ago
Someone stole my idea!

Proges meter watch
ian10 years ago
I have a binary watch design (and another unpublished segment watch design) here at instructables. If you use PIC I can program your bar-graph watch with existing code (and a few mods). Better yet (in a selfish way...) if you are interested in a segment block watch design, I could really use your help making a case. I've had this watch sitting in my unpublished instructables for about a year. The problem is that I tried to embed it in clear epoxy as a case because I don't really have access to anything else. The epoxy carries enough current to trip the touch switches uncontrollably. I'll try to attach some pictures to see if you're interested. I could open this instructable for collaboration if you were interested in writing about/making a case of some sort.
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trialex (author)  ian10 years ago
Thanks for replying! Very impressed with your watch designs. Definately interested on collaborating for a case design. I'm not saying I know I can definately do it, but I think I could and would be interested in giving it a go. I'm thinking if you can provide dimensions of the watch, and a basic idea/outline of what you want the case to look like, I could work on making a CAD solid model of the case. If I had access to a mill the model could be turned into a mould to make a silicone or CF/glass case. Alternatively, the model could be milled directly from a block of plastic, kind of like the awesome pong watch that has been flying around this week. Maybe someone else with a mill would like to extend the collaboration. I've never done features like plastic screw posts in designs before, but I'm sure it couldn't be too hard.
ian ian10 years ago
And, of course, I would send you a working watch (or two) to play with.