Originally Posted by CNWDI
I'm sorry, right there I had to giggle. I started college in Boston in the fall of 1986,
Ouch. That still hurts.
and ended up as a Red Sox bandwagon fan by default. Just took my boys to their first game in Fenway...they're spoiled since we live not far from Camden Yards. I'd love to help, although my expectation was for something less ambitious.
This would actually be for my nephew, but I may decide to do something similar for myself if it works out. (I'm more of a football fan than baseball.). I just enjoy tinkering (mame cabs, coding, etc).
I can see two primary ways to approach this, and both have their appeal to me:
1. Maximum analog. Traditional Fenway scoreboard is metal and wood...so at least do something that (even if digital) is trying to do it analog-style. That means yellow digits for the score when the at-bat team has scored but the inning isn't over, etc.
Max analog would be amazing, but I can't think of any way to automate digits. Flip-numbers from old analog clocks would be ideal, but I don't see anything out there that would be consumer friendly... and I'm just not THAT
good at this kind of stuff to hack an old clock. Coding? sure. Electronics? Not so much.
2. Digital with Fenway "flare". Try to do something that is essentially the 16:9 version of "what I wish Fenway scoreboards looked like". Can probably get the key features of MLB scoreboards in there, but focus is more on getting the info out.
This is the direction I've been leaning, even though I know that a scoreboard that looks "kinda" like the real thing is bound to get comments. ("Hey, the REAL Fenway scoreboard doesn't look like that!"). The simplest solution would be a monitor with a realistic depiction of the wall with the numbers changing to reflect the score in real-time. There is no doubt in my mind that that can be done.
I also know that it might
be possible to turn LEDs on and off from within code as well. That would be a really nice touch to replicate the ball/strike/out lamps on the real scoreboard.
What I'm trying to figure out now is where to draw the line between the monitor and the "frame". Should I just have the monitor display a scoreboard and build a frame for it and include LEDs in the frame - not a replica so much as something with the Fenway "flavor"? Or maybe the frame is more like a bezel and it covers the entire monitor except for small windows where the monitor can be used to display the numbers (MUCH more work)? Maybe some combination of both? Still in idea mode...
One of the issues is that the real scoreboard is long and narrow (especially if you include the AL and NL updates). So again, I'm left wondering if I should still try to keep it accurate (which would be a real pain), or maybe include everything on one (or possibly two) monitors that just have a Fenway-ish flair.
As I said, I'm still in idea mode, but I know this project is doable.
I don't see either of the above, or anything that matches recent "desirements" above, being done entirely with analog compenents--there's going to be an LCD monitor in the mix unless I miss my guess.
I'm sure there are other (better?) ideas, so this is just to get the ideas out for brainstorming with minimal egos and pride of ideaship.
I appreciate the feedback. My gears are still spinning...