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post #1 of 10 Old 06-30-2016, 12:14 PM Thread Starter
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Digital Dash

What started out in life as a digital gas gauge has evolved into a complete instrument cluster.





I'll describe what's on the display (left to right).

Top row:
RPM; Miles per hour; Gear indicator.

Second row:
Gas volume; Ambient temperature; Engine temperature

Third row:
Odometer; Clock.

Fourth row:
Trip odometer 1; Trip odometer 2.

The portion where the Trip odometer 2 is displayed is multi-functional. Several selections can be displayed individually; Trip odometer 3; Range; Current miles per gallon.

A small push button switch on the left switch housing scrolls through the selections. The odometers are settable and resettable and can all count to 9999.9 miles.

The LED's to the sides of the display are left and right turn signal indicators. What looks like a LED at the top is actually a photo transistor. It lets the micro know when it's dark enough to turn the LCD back light on.

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post #2 of 10 Old 06-30-2016, 02:33 PM
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Nice!!!

"Things are made out of Stuff"
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Very nice. Are there plans for a calendar, a thermometer and a radar detector?
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post #4 of 10 Old 07-01-2016, 10:26 AM
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The gear indicator would be priceless! Cool dash!
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^agreed
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post #6 of 10 Old 07-02-2016, 11:15 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks, guys!

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I like it! But is the speed (and other metrics hard) to read when bombing along on the thumper?
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post #8 of 10 Old 07-04-2016, 11:24 AM Thread Starter
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It's very easy to read. The characters are 5/16" (8mm) tall and 3/16" (~4.5mm) wide.

There is a lot of information being displayed. At first I thought it would be too much to make sense of while riding. As it turns out that wasn't the case at all. It's a bit like looking at the instrument cluster on your car. You don't always look at every thing at once, just the part you are interested in at the time. Same thing with the digital dash.

BTW, the display is termed a "transflective" display. What that means to us mortals is that it is spectacular in the direct sunlight. At night the back light takes over and it is just as readable.

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post #9 of 10 Old 07-22-2016, 07:02 PM
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Wow, awesome work. I've been wondering about using an Arduino or somesuch to do something like this, but you've done all the R&D work already. So the question is, how much for you to drop all the pieces in a bag and sell some "KLR Digital Dash" kits to us?
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post #10 of 10 Old 07-24-2016, 03:32 PM Thread Starter
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Wow, awesome work. I've been wondering about using an Arduino or somesuch to do something like this, but you've done all the R&D work already. So the question is, how much for you to drop all the pieces in a bag and sell some "KLR Digital Dash" kits to us?
Thanks.

From what I understand, the Arduino system does a lot of the low level background stuff for you. That does make it quite a bit less complicated to get a project going. BTW, I use Microchip PICs for my embedded projects.

I don't think a parts kit would work very well. The circuit board would be doable but the various sensors would be more problematic. The placement and mounting would be different for different bikes most likely requiring custom fabrication of brackets, etc.

Good idea, though.

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