The secondary goal is to design the system to work equally well whether it is timing a passing car or actually in the passing car, in particular I want to be able to strap the lap timer to the steering wheel of an 'arrive and drive' go-kart in order to get in car lap times.
The system uses infra red so is completely portable, it also works equally well whether the transmitter is passing the timer or the timer is itself in a car passing a track side transmitter. The system is not based on a beam breaker and will not register false laps for other cars or karts, instead the system uses a coded infrared signal and could in principle be extended to time more than one car.
Before starting work on the enclosure and user interface the system was tested extensively timing my Tamiya M03.
The Final Form
As the system stands the components are too bulky too fit the form factor I am aiming for -
In the near future when I have finalised the software I will replace the Arduino UNO with a stripboard Arduino which should allow me to fit the entire system in the palm sized project box pictured.
I am currently testing the user interface which allows the user to -
- View initial screen with session count, recorded lap count and remaining lap count
- Delete all sessions
- View summary screen for each session with number or laps, average lap time, best lap time
- Delete individual session
- Cycle through individual laps within a session
And also to press record to begin recording a new session.
I am really looking forward to being able to use this both with the RC Cars and to get back into Kart racing.
Stay tuned ...