What would your ideal timer look like?

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  1. Phinagin

    Phinagin Member

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    If you could have the perfect hardware timer, what features would it have. Nothing is out of the question or is too crazy. I am asking because a friend and I are looking to design a timer, and would like input on what features to include.
     
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  2. AlphaSheep

    AlphaSheep Member

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    So you say you want to build a physical timer, like a stackmat timer? Things I would like are:

    • Connect to a PC via USB.
    • Store a large number of times
    • Rechargeable battery
    • Display averages of 5 and 12
    • Generate scrambles
    • Reset and power buttons are out of the way.
     
  3. TipsterTrickster

    TipsterTrickster Member

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    Also less likely to reset and at least an hour time limit!
     
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  4. One Wheel

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    It would be nice to have proper timers for long events. I'd like to see a timer with 2 digits to display minutes, so it could at least theoretically go up to 1:39:59.99 With that and a proper mechanical gigaminx scrambler it would be possible to add gigaminx as a WCA event! More importantly it would be easier to accurately time non-world-class big blind, and also multiblind.
     
  5. greentgoatgal

    greentgoatgal Member

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    I would have something the exact same as cstimer, only have an account so I can solve using the same session on any device.
     
  6. Micah Walker

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    I wish it would connect to my phone. blue tooth/ wireless would be awesome.. other than that I wish I had a stackmat that just worked as a fancy space bar, then you could use inspection when solving on stackmat with blocktimer or cstimer.
     
  7. Micah Walker

    Micah Walker Member

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    Good luck! stack mats are really annoying for regular practice!
     
  8. Sue Doenim

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    Here's a super cool idea I just had: have the timer with a built in projector thingy that would show stuff like scrambles, times, statistics and other stuff on the table. That would be crazy awesome.
     
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  9. Competition Cuber

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    Speak for yourself.
     
  10. Phinagin

    Phinagin Member

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    Yea I agree, which is why we wanted to make a better timer similar to stackmat functionality, but cubing oriented.

    What do you mean by projector? We were planning on adding some of these features in a screen on the timer itself, but a projector could be interesting. Please elaborate more!
     
  11. Sue Doenim

    Sue Doenim Member

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    It definitely is a wierd idea, but it could be super cool. The way I was thinking about it, it would project things onto the table in front of it, and basically use that to be able to do stuff like show times, scrambles, statistics, etc.
    Here's my masterpiece (If pasting it in here will work).
     

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  12. Phinagin

    Phinagin Member

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    That would be really cool, although I think that may be beyond the scope of this project, as I have no idea how to even begin with that, but never say never.
     
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