Phase III Laptop Control of the TrainThing - The Problem

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Phase III Laptop Control of the TrainThing - The Problem

Post by Ag2000 » Thu Mar 24, 2022 10:53 pm

24 Mar '22
  • Start Phase III to develop the Laptop Software to control the TrainThing implement the original problem.
  • Need to develop a plan.
  • It has been a while sense a train has run. Need to do some hardware cleanup.
21 - 27 Mar '22
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Re: Phase III Laptop Control of the TrainThing - The Problem

Post by Ag2000 » Sun Apr 03, 2022 10:13 pm

3 Apr '22
  • Some updates/corrections needed as a fallout of the Arduino failure some time ago.
  • Getting old demo programs to work again.
  • Wandering around with Tkinter.
28 Mar - 3 Apr '22
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Re: Phase III Laptop Control of the TrainThing - The Problem

Post by Ag2000 » Mon Apr 11, 2022 4:30 am

10 Apr '22
  • More cleanup after long idle time.
  • Laptop now talks by WiFi to the Raspberry Pi.
  • The Raspberry Pi passes commands by USB to the Arduino Base Station!
  • I have a plan for moving forward.
4 - 10 Apr '22
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Re: Phase III Laptop Control of the TrainThing - The Problem

Post by Ag2000 » Mon Apr 18, 2022 7:25 am

17 Apr '22
  • Initial planning for building Laptop software.
  • Lots of testing of Raspberry Pi software written without hardware to test it.
  • Used added signal commands to move signal definitions from database on the laptop to the Raspberry Pi EPPROM.
  • Commands from laptop move semaphores, change LEDs on unicorns.
  • Updated documentation.
11 - 17 Apr '22
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Re: Phase III Laptop Control of the TrainThing - The Problem

Post by Ag2000 » Tue Apr 26, 2022 9:22 pm

24 Apr '22
  • Grand Tour works w/ signals, new software on laptop to Raspberry Pi. Timing of signal changes is slow.
  • Noticed some things need fixing next time I flip up the layout.

18 - 24 Apr '22
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Re: Phase III Laptop Control of the TrainThing - The Problem

Post by Ag2000 » Mon May 02, 2022 2:58 am

1 May '22
  • Uploaded a YouTube video then changed my mind. Need to polish it before going public.
  • Updated documentation.
  • Made some software changed to speed up processing signal commands.
25 Apr - 1 May '22
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Re: Phase III Laptop Control of the TrainThing - The Problem

Post by Ag2000 » Mon May 09, 2022 6:27 am

8 May '22
  • Update Raspberry Pi program documentation.
2 - 8 May '22
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Re: Phase III Laptop Control of the TrainThing - The Problem

Post by Ag2000 » Mon May 16, 2022 6:14 am

15 May '22
  • Two new ideas:
    • Thinking about adding TTS to the mix.
    • Another demo program, now with voice, more to learn about timing between the three computers.
  • A hardware and a software failure.
  • Work to recover from both.
  • Fixes for other little mostly hardware things.
9 - 15 may '22
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Re: Phase III Laptop Control of the TrainThing - The Problem

Post by Ag2000 » Mon May 23, 2022 6:42 am

22 May '22
  • New show-'n-tell TrainThing app works with voice (TTS), signals and one train runs all eight paths.
  • A third Arduino failed. This one after a week!
16 - 22 May '22
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Re: Phase III Laptop Control of the TrainThing - The Problem

Post by Ag2000 » Mon May 30, 2022 3:00 am

29 May '22
  • Started conversation with Arduino Tech Support about third failure.
  • Rebuilt failed database. Backed up the database.
  • Replaced four jammed servos.
  • Updated documentation around the Arduino (2).
23 - 29 May '22
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