Step 21: Unforgivable Fraud
Find about a square centimeter of aluminum foil. I used the corner of a piece of foil that once covered a slice of to-go pizza.
Divide the foil into 4 sections and fold each those so that you end up with 2 short ones and 2 longer ones- all about 1cm high.
Put one short piece behind each of the power rail terminals, and arrange the longer ones so that they will connect together the adjacent battery ends.
I know that I just told you to find some aluminum foil. I know that there was no foil inside the kit. I know that this fundamentally destroys the entire point of this project. You think I don't know this? You think this has not been the singular thought in my mind since I realized the inevitability of my current situation? I know.
In theory, that battery contacts made from bars should work as well as any other battery contacts in the world. Unfortunately, in practice, they just failed. I don't know why. I've tried every possible shape and size and position and orientation, but it seems that the harder I try the worse the contact.
And so we have the foil. Practical, efficient, effective, and invisible to the lay viewer. A useful lie with no easy way out.
So where does that bring us? Now you know the dirty little secret. You are part of this now, as guilty as I am.
What are you going to do? First, you are going to put the foil in the box. You are going to insert the batteries accordingly. You are going to place the box face down on a high shelf. You may even add a hand lettered sign saying something to the effect of "Fraigle: Please do not touch!!!!" to dissuade the curious.
Next you are going to thinking about a long term solution. You've got about 2 weeks before those batteries go dead and you need to lift that box up. You are smart. That should be plenty of time to figure something out.
You need to figure out a way, any way, to get those batteries reliably connected to that matrix board without trickery and deceit, adn do it using only the materials in the Ognite kit (the rods and laser cut cardboard). You'll need to think LITERALLY out-of-the-box. I'll support you anyway I can. I'll send you as many green kits as you need. I'll laser cut any file you send me.
We can do this. Once you figure it out, I will quietly update and backdate touch all the build files and no one will be any wiser. It will be as if none of this ever happened. I'm counting on you, don't let me down.
Put your ideas here: