DIY wireless scoreboard

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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. Eric says:

    Absolutely cool. Wish this came in a kit. I know I am not savy enough to take this on by myself.

    1. jamie coonrod sams valley oregon says:

      I need some help building a scoreboard for my horseshoe pit ,

  2. Matt says:

    Where do I buy the parts for the scoreboard (LED and plate that says Home/visitor)?

  3. Michael says:

    Matt, would you consider building one of these for sale?

    1. Matt says:

      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. Krishna says:

        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.

  4. Steve says:

    I would potentially be interested in 2 of these for my beach volleyball league. Are you still interested in building some for sale? Please contact me: volleyball@stickstavern.com, thanks!

  5. Peter Richards says:

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

    1. sophiacamille says:

      Hey Peter — you can find all of our step by step projects at makezine.com/projects

      1. Peter Richards says:

        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. sophiacamille says:

          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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