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'Weird, Wacky, Zany PIC applications (Star Trek com'
1999\05\06@191529 by Craig Lee

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Ok.  Well you know the Star Trek communicator buttons....

Well I have a back burner project in prototype stage utilizing
the new transcievers from RFM.  These transceivers have a
theoretical maximum range of about 800 meters and are capable
of 115k rates using ASK.

A pic packets the data and controls the modules power and sleep
controls. Then when the user wants to send a message he taps the
button once for addr 1, twice for addr 2, etc.  The message is
detected by the correct individual, and if responded to in less
than two seconds, only one button press is required. If the
channel is occupied or hasn't been silent for 2 seconds, a single
tone is eminated as a channel unavailable indicator. This scheme
allows the active conversation without interruption or listening in.

The button press after protocol initialization could be replaced
with an audio detection threshold on the microphone circuitry.

Typical usage:

Host                            Remote

Tap Tap                 <It's for me (no.2 actually)>
ack sound                       addressed sound
"Number One!"           <"Number One!">
---                             Tap
<"Yes, Captain">                "Yes, Captain"
Tap                             ---
"Come to my quarters"   <"Come to my quarters">
---                             Tap
<"Why Captain, are      "Why Captain, are
you in the mood">               you in the mood"
2 second wait
Tap Tap Tap             <It's for me (Geordi)>
ack sound                       addressed sound
"LaForge, lock onto     <"LaForge, lock onto
Riker and beam him      Riker and beam him
to the sickbay"         to the sickbay">
---                             Tap
<"Captain?">            "Captain?"
Tap                             ---
"I think Riker's                <"I think Riker's
had a few too many      had a few too many
high colonics on                high colonics on
Rika 3"                 Rika 3">
---                             Tap
<"Rigghhhht..">         "Rigghhhht.."
                               2 second wait           Crusher
                       Tap Tap Tap Tap         <It's for me (Beverly)>
                               ack sound                       addressed sound
                               "Riker is on his                <"Riker is on hi
s
                                way, he needs..                way, he needs..
                                well.....'breaks'"     well.....">
                                ---                          Tap
                              <"Not Again!!!">         "Not Again!!!"

<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<SNIP(perhaps literally)>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

Sorry.. (;>

Do you think Paramount would hire me as an episode writer??

Craig

> {Original Message removed}

1999\05\06@201955 by Eric Oliver

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> Do you think Paramount would hire me as an episode writer??

That would be a great big NO !!! <bg>

You may already know about this ( there was a recent thread ), but check
out http://interquant.com. The QT110 is an amazing touch sensor chip. $1.95
in quantities, available in SMT, and uses only 20 uA @ 3V.  No I don't work
for them <g>. But emailed them recently for more info and they gave me
samples even after I told them it was for a hobby project. _Very_ nice
people.

Seriously, if you could get a device like that to work with decent sound
quality even at relatively short ranges, it could be useful around the
house.

Eric

1999\05\07@211911 by Russell McMahon

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I've thought about  a Star  Trek button but not with true
communicator capability.
My son (Iain) has a ST com badge.
I make talking devices using the ISD chips.
I thought of using an ISD with canned messages so that you can tap
the badge and say eg
"Iain to bridge"
...
"Beam me up .." etc
One could arrange a simple switch to allow choice of the desired
message - eg mount badge on a v short shaft which can sway 4 ways
(up/down/left/right) giving 4 switch actions. Pressing eg up then
down gives a different code than eg just up. This gives 20 codes
fairly easily (double press of same posn is valid, press and release
with no subsequent press within short period is a code so codes = 4*4
+4 = 20)
This gives lots of capability for bi directional dialogue, status
reports etc.

The beaming up is the part I'm having trouble with.


           Russell McMahon


From: Craig Lee <spam_OUTcleeTakeThisOuTspamATTCANADA.NET>

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(Beverly)>
>                                ack sound
addressed sound
>                                "Riker is on his
<"Riker is on his
>                                 way, he needs..                way,
he needs..
>                                 well.....'breaks'"     well.....">
>                                 ---                          Tap
>                               <"Not Again!!!">         "Not
Again!!!"
>
><<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<SNIP(perhaps
literally)>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>
>
>Sorry.. (;>
>
>Do you think Paramount would hire me as an episode writer??
>
>Craig
>
>> {Original Message removed}

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