Embedded Lighting Controller Summary

A rendering with multiple printed circuit boards inside a plastic enclosure

For my senior project, I’m working on an embeddable lighting controller, with the creative working title of Embedded Lighting Controller, which is being designed to provide flexible lighting control/drive in an extremely compact package.

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DMX Development Board

The DMX development board - a printed circuit board assembly

For a number of projects I’d like to work on in the future, I needed a development board of sorts for testing both hardware and software.

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Animation System Debut

A picture of Tree Frog Night on the parade route with the accompanying Founder Trophy banner being carried in front

On the morning of January 1, 2019, the La Cañada Flintridge Rose Parade float’s new animation system successfully made its debut, animating the float Tree Frog Night.

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RGBW Strobe Tester

Closeup of TwinkleWorks logo on PCBA

For TwinleWork’s new line of RGBW LED strobes, we needed a new testing assembly. This unit automatically tests each of the LEDs’ colors as well as the strobe fixture’s temperature sensing circuitry.

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Animation System GSE

Photo of control panel

Testing, calibrating, and programming of the animation system requires some support hardware. The system uses several communications busses, as well as several hardware enable and status lines which all need to be accessed for programming.

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Animation System Main Computer

A picture of the unit's internal electronics

The new La Cañada Flintridge rose parade float’s animation system has a controller unlike anything used in the parade. The custom controller has a 12 inch waterproof touchscreen that sports a custom control GUI and convenient system configuration capabilities.

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Animation System Valve Bank Module

A picture of the unit's internal electronics

The new La Cañada Flintridge rose parade float’s animation system is built in several modular pieces. Four identical units will be valve bank modules, which are responsible for controlling a bank of four hydraulic animation channels.

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DTMF Controller

Completed PCB Assembly

Our float is equipped with a custom-built intercom and radio system to allow the float’s crew to communicate both within the float, and with external crew. Since the intercom box is mounted in the middle of the float where it’s not easily accessible, we needed some way to be able to remotely control the radio.

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Integrated Accessory Controller

Completed PCB Assembly

Following my previous project involving accessing my car’s CAN bus, I wanted to take CAN control further by making a custom controller that can interface with a vehicle to control various accessories.

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Animation System Revamp Summary

A picture of the original animation system

As of 2018, the La Cañada Flintridge rose parade float’s animation system is nearly 20 years old. As the system continues to age, components that are no longer manufactured are slowly beginning to fail. Starting in 2017, I began work on a replacement.

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Volvo/Whelen CANtrol

Looking down into my footwell with equipment uncomfortably close to my leg

Have you ever had a piece of equipment that really REALLY doesn’t belong in your car, but you want to install it somehow? Well, I had this problem with my Whelen… electric airhorn….

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