Raspberry PI Testing

I cracked up Python again tonight and played around with the OpenSprints hardware. I wrote a very basic python script with a couple of buttons. In this video I get the hardware to Demo mode. Then another button starts the race. You can see the light working on the hardware.

It is somewhat of a dream to be able to run a race off a Raspberry PI. You could just about fit the Raspberry PI and the OpenSprints hardware in a single case. How cool would it be to buy a fully working Raspberry PI and the OpenSprints hardware with all the software full loaded. You just plugin your HDMI for a projector, add a mouse, keyboard, and go. One of the best things about this is zero configuration. No need to install SerProxy or any serial application at all to run in the background.

To be honest this is just a dream since the Raspberry is just too slow. But a guy can dream can’t he?

If you don’t know what a Raspberry PI is here are more details….

The Raspberry Pi® is a single-board computer developed in the UK by the Raspberry Pi Foundation with the intention of stimulating the teaching of basic computer science in schools. The design is based on a Broadcom BCM2835 system on a chip (SoC), which includes an ARM1176JZF-S 700MHz processor, VideoCore IV GPU, and 512 megabytes of RAM. The design does not include a built-in hard disk or solid-state drive, instead relying on an SD card for booting and long-term storage – Wikipedia.

New Firmware Testing

I just wanted to give a quick update that I have started to test GFX with a new version of the Opensprints firmware. I have actually had this version of the Opensprints firmware in hand since April but have not had a chance to work with it. I am still hopeful that we can have a major GFX upgrade this summer yet.

The main focus of implementing the new firmware is to eliminate the dreaded race ties that many of you should be familiar with. Once that hurdle is eliminated I can then look at adding a few other requested features. I am not sure I have any specific requests documented but if you have any new feature requests feel free to post a comment below.

I should also have an update to the install instructions. The guys at Opensprints have been doing a great job of keeping those updated.

GFX Poll: Events and Rostering

I am in the middle of a GFX update to support the newest version of the Opensprints firmware. Realizing how much code is involved in the roster and event features of GFX I wonder if anyone is using it these days.

So, help me out by answering the poll below and feel free to post a question if you have any. I will also use this to see how is even still using the software.

China’s Goldsprints Revolution 3

So I am watching a video on the Revolution 3 event in China. Guess what I saw? Goldsprints FX of course! The video below is the official video from the event. The roller racing starts off about the 7 minute mark. Keep your eyes open for shots of GFX in action. Thanks to Shannon for letting me know she continues to use GFX and the OpenSprints hardward. She is really building a great goldsprints community over there!

A front-end for the Opensprints hardware.