Saturday, July 14, 2012

Safe Project Update

So I know I promised updates on the Safe Project, so here they are (albeit a bit delayed).

The first test safe is now completed, and the components are mounted and housed in their respective places inside the safe. There have been a few changes -- Namely the LCD is now a Serial instead of Parallel type, to save wires, and the mounting of the LCD has changed (at least for the initial unit)

I am busily running the safe and software through its paces to find bugs (and I have found a few, especially unexpected buffer overruns, etc).

The next steps are to construct 3 beta model safes and distribute them to a select few people whom I will choose for the task of playing with the safe, and identifying and reporting bugs.

I am also working on a PCB for this, if anyone has PCB layout experience, get in contact with me, as i have not done this since college.

Version 2.0 of the Software is already underway using some different logic -- for you computer nerds out there, the 1.0 version was well-functionalized, but not well thought out in the logic department, as it was sort of a haphazard effort as I implemented features.

Version 2.0 will include scrolling menus, increased setup options, and more linear flow of operations using a statemachine model of software.

Here are a few photos of the safe in action:

Thats it for now, stay tuned for more updates to this project.