Hi Steven, Thanks for your interest. There are several functions of the Machine. Lights flashing or dimming, dish spinning and more all controlled by a lever pushed forward (to travel forward in time) or pulled back ( back in time).
An Arduino and Raspberry Pi are being used but it seems less then ideal. The most complicated fiction is a gauge on the console of the Machine which shows the month, day and year one is traveling in. I’m currently using a mini video projector, which rear projects a single image on 3 small screens (month, day, year) on the console . As one pushes the lever of the machine, some lights fade on, some blink, the dish begins to spin and the date gauge changes. As the lever is pushed further, the dish, blinking lights and dates move faster and faster.
Some of the issues are that it takes a long time (nearly a minute) for the Raspberry Pi to boot up and it crashes if the lever is moved too quickly. Sometimes when the Raspberry Pi booths up, the numbers are the wrong size. There are several inconsistencies like this. The changing dates increasing speed does not correspond well to the position of the lever. It starts out slowly, which is great, but it does not increase until the lever reaches a certain point and then the dates suddenly move at a very rapid speed. It is difficult to explain all this stuff without seeing it. I’m more of a mechanical sort of person and don’t know much about electronics. I’m hoping to find someone who would be interested in consulting or helping upgrade the Machine’s systems.
I was at Atlantic City recently looking at all of these amazing slot machines which are showing multiple video screens which are very interactive with the player. When I get into my Prius and press the power button, instantly there is an animation playing of a car driving through a city and then there is so much interactive video information such as the digital image of the driving speed numbers changing as you accelerate or slow down. I wonder how all this is done and if I could somehow apply it to my Machine. Again, thanks for your interest. If you know of anyone who might be able to shed light on my electronic issues, that would be great. If you are ever in the Westchester area, stop by to check out the Machine. Here is a video of a test of the gauge. Getting the sound effects to correspond to the speed of the machine is a whole other issue which needs work.
This sounds like a pretty sophisticated project that we can help you with. I think you would greatly benefit from starting a project and porting this post to it. We will find you a bunch of specialist teammates to start participating.