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How would one go about designing a dark ride cart and track? Answered

Just curious how would you build your own darkride cart and track? with an emergency stop. maybe arduino?

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orksecurity (author)2011-07-14

Uhm... I'm confused. What do you think the arduino would be used for?

Most dark rides are simple mechanisms triggered by microswitches, or even purely mechanically, as the car goes by.

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undftdking (author)orksecurity2011-07-14

as some sort of control for the ride to connect with the dispatcher. I'm not quite sure I'm just wondering.

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orksecurity (author)undftdking2011-07-15

If you don't know what you need it for, you probably don't need it.

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undftdking (author)orksecurity2011-07-15

Sorry I like to think out loud.

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orksecurity (author)undftdking2011-07-15

Nothing wrong with that. Expecting an audience, however...

You've actually given a good illustration of a common problem people have when playing with technology: trying to jump to a solution before the question is well defined. If you're lucky, that just wastes time; if you're unlucky it can waste time _and_ money. (If you're extremely unlucky, the product gets out the door before you realize that you misunderstood the market, and you've wasted a LOT of money and damaged your company's reputation.)

Of course if what you're looking for is an excuse to use a particular technique or item -- such as the arduino -- that's fine too. But then that becomes the basic question ("What could an arduino be used for in a dark ride") and you build outward from that.

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