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Kenneth Rich wrote in to share his wireless scoreboard. He wanted a scoreboard to use at his daughter’s softball events, and wasn’t happy with the expensive commercial display, so he decided to make his own. Pretty impressive for a first project!

Take a look at the electronic scoreboard I built for my daughters’ softball games. I built everything from scratch with the exception of the Wifly GSX WiFi module (which I sourced from Sparkfun), and the SMPS I scavenged from a car cell phone charger. This project is my first attempt at building a useful electronic device. The scoreboard is wireless so that it can be controlled by any WiFi capable device like an iPhone, Google phone, etc. I am currently in the planning stages for the App I will develop to control the board, so there is much more to come. Hopefully I will have an update by the end of the summer.

12 thoughts on “DIY wireless scoreboard

    1. Yes I would. I would make 2 or 3 (or more). I’m a Manufacturing and Industrial Engineer and have a passion for making and selling things (I make and sell some professional training kits on line now). Let’s do this.

      1. Matt pleasant day, I am an aspiring Electrical Engineer from jamaica actually doing this for my final project as a final year student. May I have like an email for you to discuss the building aspect of this project. Your help would be deeply appreciated.

  1. Where are the build instructions on this? Isn’t the whole idea to post the instructions to re-create along with the project??

      1. and as I look, that takes me to a generic page, which has a searchable projects catalog, which then takes me back to this exact post, which does NOT have the step by step associated with it. So, in a sense, it’s like looking up the definition for LOOP, and being referred to DO only to find it points to LOOP…. I am wondering if there has been a site rehash since the original post, and these instructions got lost in the rehash.

        1. Hi Peter – sorry about that. I can see by the URL (which includes the date it was published) that this is a blog post, not a project — blog posts don’t have instructions, and many of the old ones are quite short like this. Everything with the URL structure makezine.com/projects/XXXX should have instructions or a very detailed walkthrough. As far as having a searchable catalog, I will definitely forward your feedback to our team — I’d really like for it to be more searchable, too.

          In the meantime, if you’re looking to build some kind of LED/7 segment display, maybe these projects will be helpful to you:
          https://makezine.com/projects/3d-print-a-supersized-seven-segment-clock/
          https://makezine.com/projects/adventures-building-custom-raspberry-pi-led-display/
          https://makezine.com/projects/construct-giant-led-video-screen/
          https://makezine.com/projects/a-simple-led-dot-matrix-display-anyone-can-make-anywhere-in-the-world/
          https://makezine.com/projects/drive-a-7-segment-led-with-an-arduino/

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