2014-11-06 (Th) Arduino Laser Tag

The power wires in the vest module were spliced to cut the raw power from going to the sensors and to make the connections between the RJ11 terminals easier to wire. The vest is ready to power and program.

 Spliced power wires

Second RJ11 terminal wired for raw power and ready signal from controller
Closed up enclosure
Enclosure with a single receiver attached

The taggers were going to be retrofitted onto airsoft rifles by mounting to Weaver (aka Picatinny aka MIL-STD-1913) rails. An old idea was to build the guns from scratch with a tape dispenser handle, PVC body, and a spring loaded paddle switch as the trigger. This idea was abandoned due to complications with building a usable model. While searching for an enclosure an electrical box was found which could house the electronics, support a PVC emitter tube and accept keystone components.
A tape dispenser was purchased which can be fastened to the bottom of the enclosure. A spring loaded paddle switch was taken from the original parts for a trigger. Holes were marked and sized on the enclosure for mounting the dispenser handle.

 Old tape dispenser design. Not good

New tape dispenser with easy to attach handle

Location of switch and handle

Locations and sizes of holes for mounting components

Schematics were sketched for the vest and tagger. A diagram for making an emitter tube was also sketched. The emitter tube diagram is for attaching an emitter tube directly to a PVC enclosure without the need for rail mounts.

 Schematic of vest

Schematic of tagger

Diagram to assemble emitter tube

To do:
  • Wire power to a terminal strip
  • Separate program into vest and tagger
  • Reprogram for NeoPixels and color screen
  • Build two test units
  • Make instructions for all parts

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2014-11-04 (Tu)