large display question

Folks,
I am trying to make my robot a little bit more friendly and was thinking I could connect it to a display made of LEDs or something
similar so I can display the "state of mind" of my robot real time. I could add voice, but I think adding face like feature would be nice. Anybody could guide me to something cheap and controllable from a computer ?
Thanks in advance,
Jake.
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At like $80.00 US, a Gameboy Advance would do nicely. There are free tools online as well.
Mike

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Mike,
I guess I did not make another requirement clear. This robot is pretty large, and I would like observers to be able to see the screen from, say, 30-50 feet.
Jake.
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Newbie wrote:

With this throw distance it's pretty obvious you can't do anything at normal resolutions and not go into a very large screen (35 inches or more). Check out the Web sites on home theater and you'll find some details on how to calculate minimum screen sizes for different viewing distances. I'd say a rule of thumb is no less than 10-12" per 10 feet, if you want the audience to see any detail at all.
Some large LEDs in a simple pattern seem to be the way to go, which can be used for general mood display. It's pretty easy to make a smile or frown out of some high-brightness LEDs laid out in a bow-tie arrangement. Or you might get fancy and have the robot project something onto the floor, ceiling, or nearby screen, disco-like.
-- Gordon
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Gordon,
Thanks, it looks like an LED display is a very good idea. Are there any display that can be addressed directly through an RS-232 or equivalent ?
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Newbie wrote:

Si offered a pretty good URL for a LED message board if this is the way you want to go. There are a several companies that sell these, and a Google search should turn up a bunch.
Try to find one that A) runs of 12 volts (not directly 110 volts, since that's a hassle for a mobile robot) and B) allows you to program in graphics.
Nuts & Volts magazine has run an article here and there on building one of these, if you want to go that route. Check their back issues.
-- Gordon
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Thank you Gordon.
Jake.
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Newbie wrote:

Hi, Where are you located? I have 3 of the Adaptive Microsystems LED signs that are mostly taking up space in my garage. These are 36" x 2" matrices of red LED's. They are designed to run on 8VAC but will run on 8 or 9 VDC. They use the 60 hz signal for running the internal clock and I think for timing the moving display operation. They were originally sold with power transformers that would supply about 5 amps as I remember. They will accept RS485 serial data in. I don't have any docs on them or their protocol. I also don't have the power transformers for them. If you can pick them up in the Phoenix, AZ USA area, I will trade you a sixpack of a good stout for all three.
Bob
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Thank you for the offer Bob. I am a little far away though, in TX actually. But I am sure that somebody closer might see this thread and get you that beer.
Jake.
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wrote:

You may want to look at the below betabrite signs and similar LED types of signs. There are inexpensive chips and info on the net for driving these types of signs from the serial port. I've seen these on ebay and some surplus sites.
http://www.betabrite.com /
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Thank you Si.
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