Step 5: Install and Calibrate

IMAGE ONE: Find a suitable postion for the alarm box.  Somewhere where its dual (audio/visual) functions will be sensed by the dish loader.  We found HOT GLUING it under the edge of the counter to be appropriate, vandalistic fun.

IMAGE TWO:  Install the PHOTO RESISTOR under the bottom rack in the washer where, if someone blocks too much light from above (IMAGE THREE) with a huge dish, the sensor will say, "Hey!  That also means you're blocking too much cleansing water from bellow!  How will those poor cups up top get the bath they deserve?! I'm sounding the ALARM!"

IMAGES FOUR & FIVE:  This is where the calibration thing comes in.  We had to tweak the 'int threshold' value several times before the sensor worked inside the washer.  The number can be quite different!  From the work bench to the dishwasher the value changed from 30 to 500!   And don't forget, the TACTILE SWITCH has to be depressed to run the program.

Note:  Ideally, the light in image three would turn ON via the TACTILE SWITCH and OFF when a properly loaded (a.k.a. no alarm) dishwasher began doing its thing.  For the demonstration, a camping headlamp was used because it was the only thing bright enough, and small enough to run the program well.  We hope you understand the concept in spite of our having to adjust on the fly.

I note that the dishwasher in your video only has one water spray at the very bottom, meaning that large objects are always going interfere with the top rack. <br><br>In Oz, I have never seen such a machine before. All machines I have ever used and/or observed have a second spray between the two baskets so that that the upper rack gets its fair share of water and soap, and in my particular machine(s) it is not a wise move to put plastic cups in the lower rack---the force of water will blast them out of place and they bounce around everywhere until they stick like a spanner in the works.
You're right! It isn't a matter of every dishwasher. The part of the story we didn't include that perhaps we should, is that college housing usually means the cheapest bidder gets their appliances in the door. So, while I imagine some dishwashers available in the States have the features you're mentioning, for student housing (i.e. my housing) you don't get the best, you get the cheapest.<br><br>I think that speaks to a general American malaise anyway. We buy cheap stuff that we care nothing about and then throw it away. Whereas, elsewhere, it' may be more common to make things that lasts and that you love because it get's you thru so many...whatevers. <br><br>Thats part of the fun of the DIY movement, I think. One understated goal is to increase the value we place in everyday things by customizing them.<br><br>You see, hackers, are really sentimental sweet hearts at the end of the day.<br><br>Treknology! Watch out for kangaroos, my friend!
Australia has equally a growing sloppy disposable-attitude, however as our post-industrialization is far more recent than yours, we still have higher quality standards, although they are rapidly dropping.<br><br>When it comes to kangaroos, they're damn tasty!
Aww, that stinks, the music really makes the video
PS Dear Sir Richard Branson, I would like to fly to outer space with you, please.<br><br>Cheers,<br><br>ZJW
VIDEO! For those of you having copywrite issues with Boo-tube, try the link underneath the video panel. I think that is free from the prying eyes of Sony or BMG or Virgin or whomever. It's not like we're getting rich off the song, but I don't want to blow my opportunity to fly to outer space with Richard Branson..uh..sorry..<br>SIR Richard Branson. Enjoy!
Sorry gang. I'll try to get a copy w/o that particular audio and post it up.
no music on the video please can`t watch because of copyright issues
me neither :(
Here's my engineering solution: calculate rent difference between room in house and one-bedroom apartment, then compare to cost and time of electronics project adjusted by 'expected value' of it actually fixing others' behavior.<br><br>I live in a 1-bedroom apartment now =)<br><br>For those without the financial flexibility, maybe you should institute a dishwasher-loading quiz as part of your housemate interview. I'm sure you wouldn't scare anyone away. (To save time, maybe there could be a pre-screening exam involving dryer lint and shoe removal?)
It's cool to see that people actually have training programs for this problem. And more so that the thing in common is BEHAVIOR adjustment. That's the hardest thing to do, for me. <br><br>It took the GUI on my Prius dashboard (cool cred = sinking sound) to make me actually change the way I drive. I had to see a COMPARISON GRAPH!!! of my fuel milage to make me adjust my behavior. What did it for me was making it PLAY. My wife and I compete to see who charts highest. Otherwise the only thing I'm thinking about is getting where I'm going ASAP. <br><br>One thing we tried to do was make the alarm a game to play...<br><br>SHOUT OUT to 'mgalyean': Makers are OFTEN trading one problem for another. And to paraphrase my friend John Marshall, without physical tools and the ability to use them, my broken computer remains useless!
Theseus only had a ball of string.
It is so funny what people will do to stop the clean verses dirty dishwater! The solution is very simple and only requires one rule to follow: when you empty the dishwasher, put soap in the cup and close the soap cup door! That's it!!! Whenever you open the dishwasher door and there is soap in the cup - dishes are dirty! Whenever you open the dishwasher door and there is NO soap in the cup - dishes are clean!
I have been telling my wife this forever but, I can't get her to conform.<br>
Agreed. The trend to ignoring simple behavior solutions in favor of techno-bandaid$, or to put another way, the effort involved in educating wetware in favor of making stuff &quot;idiot proof&quot; has gone too far to the dark side, imho. At this rate we'll be bowing down to Skynet and/or the Cylons in record time, ha ha. Still, I don't think that is what the author(s) are after; they are just having fun. It is always fun to see what can be done with stuff. I do think the makers are just trading one problem for another. Instead of difficulties getting roommates to load the dishwasher correctly, now they will have difficulties getting roommates to not break the sensors and trying to train them how to work &quot;with&quot; instead of &quot;against&quot; the cool, but unappreciated, upgrades to the dishwasher. Raise your hands if you know what I mean. And when something does break in the &quot;idiot-proof&quot; circuit (usually because of rough handling or misuse) who has to fix it? Not the &quot;idiots&quot;,that is for certain. Anyway, its all good as long as it is educational from one or more viewpoints.
Very nice, though there's a key ingredient missing: a really, really rubbish dishwasher!! I've lived in a lot of really badly furnished flats with a lot of rubbish dishwashers but I've never seen one that doesn't have a separate spinning jet for the cups!<br><br>Still, as I said - very nice ;)
Really no kidding, I'm thinking that's the main reason that the dishes are coming out not fully clean ~ I literally have never seen that.<br><br>That said, I hate to be a spoil sport, but I can't endorse placing wooden dowels in a dishwasher. I don't even allow my wooden spoons in there for one cycle. That makes no sense, sorry they will disentigrate. Are there plastic dowels that would work instead?
No I hadn't. But that's a good idea. How? Would I map the threshold onto the pot value?<br><br>Got some code for that?
Did you consider a trim pot or rotary encoder to adjust the 'int threshold' on the fly?
How about a new alarm: If , after a cycle runs and someone pulls out ONE dish but not the others (and in lieu of sdelucia's great magnet idea, which sometimes works) the dishwasher, sensing the change in dish weight (delta dish?), takes a picture of the culprit and emails it to everyone in the house. DIshwasher security camera!
what would be great is a techno-easy method of determining whether the stuff in the dishwasher is clean or dirty..
That is easy. Get a flat magnet, color one side green and print dirty on it and color the other side red and print clean on it. Flip it to red when you turn it on. Flip it to green when you empty it.<br>
Wonder if you could just use the analog pin of the pc joystick port and tweet the status?

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