A couple of months ago, I decided to go to a Starbucks and order a drink. I walked through the door and saw a man hunched over a typewriter, probably writing poetry or something. I immediately knew that I had to outdo this guy to become The Ultimate Hipster™, but how? I decided to take it one step further (and by further I mean backwards). Reintroducing the telegraph!
When you push the lever, the screw pushes the button down. If you hold it down for less than 300 milliseconds, the Arduino saves this as a dot. If it's longer than 300 ms, then it is saved as a dash. After you've created your desired combination of dots and dashes, hit the red button in the front to have your letter appear on the computer. If you press this button without typing any dots or dashes beforehand, it acts like hitting the space bar. For a more in-depth explanation, check out the comments I left on my code.
"This seems pretty useless."
Just about everything I build has no practical use in everyday life and that's okay. Personally, I build because I love seeing my ideas become reality and because I love to problem-solve as I go.
What was this built for?
This was created for my school's Senior Experience Program, where high school seniors get one month off from school to either get an internship or work on a project. I had a difficult time figuring out what I was going to do during it, so I hope this helps out anybody in a similar situation!