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Old 13th Sep 2012, 19:28   #41
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Old 26th Sep 2012, 13:03   #42
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The two large knobs were the reason the project stalled for so long, I initially planned to use the knobs to control the LCD TV, interfacing the knobs to the digital up/down buttons.

The idea was, since the knobs are rotary, I needed some way to convert the clockwise and anticlockwise directional rotation to two corresponding digital pulses. Searching the internet, I found an incremental quadrature rotary encoder could be used to achieve this.

I initially purchased two inexpensive mechanical quadrature rotary encoders for roughly $3 each and a couple of ďandĒ gates, with information found on the internet I put together a simple quadrature decoder with two LEDs that would light up depending on rotation direction, unfortunately, this didnít work.




This lead me to thinking that the mechanical bounce was the problem, so I purchased two Grayhill 62P22-H0 optical rotary encoders for $10 each from RS Components, this also didnít work.



I was then thinking that my ďandí gate setup was causing the problems so I purchased two quadrature clock converter ICs from LSI chip model LS7083, these cost about $30 including shipping to Australia. These chips allow for a rotary encoder with quadrature output to connect directly to the IC, the chip then converts the clockwise and anti-clockwise rotation to up/down pulses. Unfortunately, this still didnít work.




This was enough for me to drop the project, hence the long leave of absence.

What made me restart the project was I found some rotary switches from company Taiwan Alpha part model 105-SR10030F-PS. What makes these rotary switches so special is they directly output on/off pulses when rotated, they donít output a quadrature signal, so there is no need to have any hardware that decodes the quadrature signal. This cost me around $50 including shipping. When they arrived I restarted this project.



As it turned out, since I couldnít use the analogue tuner of the LCD any more (analogue was phased out by digital free to air), I had no more need to convert the volume and channel controls.

So below is a straight forward restoring of the original knobs.






Iíve also starting thinking about what to show on back of the Videosphere, things like power buttons, power connectors and cables. I have an idea to have only USB plugs available. In the square base there will be a slot load DVD-RW drive connected via USB.

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Old 2nd Dec 2012, 00:26   #43
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I thought for a change in scenery, I would look at modding the original square base. The square base was an attachment that could be used to support the Videosphere, it wasnít needed if the Videosphere was hanging. To keep with this idea, I decided to make the base a removable DVDRW drive, with a connection to a standard USB, the base could still be removed and was not essential to the operation.



I purchased a slot load DVDRW drive from eBay for $50 and a USB slim laptop drive SATA adaptor for around $10.



First I glued some wooden pieces to the inside of the base, and this provided me with mounting points.



I created some brackets for the DVD drive from some quarter channel aluminium and a hacked older CD drive.



With the position of the DVDRW drive now know, I cut a slot into the plastic square base with a Dremel.



Once the slot was large enough it was cleaned up with a file.



The DVD burner mounted inside the Videosphere's base.



The work in progress.



Next post I will look at fixing up the USB cable at adding some obligatory lighting to the base.
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Old 2nd Dec 2012, 19:04   #44
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Cool! -Lots of old projects reviving this month.
I would have quit too, to be honest. You spent more money on knobs than a ugly woman at a strip club.
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Old 2nd Dec 2012, 19:20   #45
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This is awesome!
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