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Re: Mini-Tip: Flat Flex Cable Adapter 7 years 3 months ago #15829

  • Jon Chandler
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For controlling the oscillator modules I got for the wine glass project, a rotary encoder is a great choice.  I salvaged a nice encoder from a VCR.  The center part is a knob for the rotary encoder that rotates continuously.  The outer ring can rotate right of left by about  ¼ turn.  I may be able to use it for reset or some other function.

The downside of this salvaged encoder is that it has a flat flex cable (FFC) connection with 0.05" pitch.  I could have soldered wires to the FFC, but this doesn't always work very well or provide reliable connections.

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Re: Mini-Tip: Flat Flex Cable Adapter 7 years 3 months ago #10690

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Is it my eyes, or is that a little bit of pitch drift I see there? Not quite a perfect match up, but close. Any more than those 6 connections and you'd run into shorts.

Re: Mini-Tip: Flat Flex Cable Adapter 7 years 3 months ago #10691

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The pitch is the same. My alignment is slightly off but it works for me.

Use the idea if it's useful to you or ignore it if you like.

Re: Mini-Tip: Flat Flex Cable Adapter 7 years 3 months ago #10692

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Oh, I shall certainly be using that idea. It's a great one.

And top marks for coming up with it.

From this day forth it will be known as "Chandlering the cable"

Re: Mini-Tip: Flat Flex Cable Adapter 7 years 3 months ago #10693

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hmm... Maybe I should have sent you some of the rotary encoders I ordered when I sent you those chips the other day. oops! Looks like it works anyhow and hacking stuff is usually more fun. (ingenious as usual btw)

Let me know if you'd like to take a look at the swordfish code I did for the rotary encoder. Might be useful.
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