Results 1 to 5 of 5

Thread: Quiz Show Scoring System

  1. Quiz Show Scoring System

    For the better part of the last couple months, I have been using Phidgets to create a new Scoring System for a quiz show production at my workplace.

    A little background :

    I am a systems engineer for WOSU Public Media out of Columbus, Ohio.

    We are now in the 25th year of producing a high school quiz show called In The Know. In the Know is a quiz show consisting of two teams (comprised of local high school students) answering trivia questions and accruing points. Toward the end of the season, there is a playoff system that results in scholarships being awarded to the winning teams.

    How Phidgets are incorporated :

    About a year ago, it was decided that the production of In the Know was going to be relocated to our new [email protected] Facility. In this move, the producers wanted to upgrade the look and feel of the set/design/logos. In all of the redevelopment, it was apparent that a new scoring system was necessary. It was time to retire the commodore 64 that had been in operation for almost 20 years.

    There was a problem, though. A new scoring system, as purchased from people that do that kind of thing, was expected to cost upwards of $15,000. And that number did not even include the new set pieces. That cost was simply hardware and software. That is when I was approached.

    I began by tearing apart keyboards to create an improvised input system. After doing some Internet research on computer relay control, I came across Phidgets. They did exactly what I wanted and were able to handle both input and output. Additionally, I would be able to program the Phidgets with Visual Basic 6 (my most understood language).

    Parts List :

    1 PhidgetTextLCD
    4 Dual Relay Control Boards
    4 Lowe's Grey Box Power Boxes
    Conduit to Connect Power boxes
    A MILE of wiring
    8 "easy" buttons
    4 Power Bricks (to power relays and illuminate set pieces)
    8 Low wattage Halogen lights (soon to be replaced with LED)
    1 Dell XPS/Dimension 1950
    1 flat screen monitor for score display (to be replaced by Large HDTV monitor)
    1 touch screen monitor for scoring system management

    For the most part, costs have been really low. They are far less than the $15k required to have this job done by "professionals".

    I will have to see if I can get clearance to post a few minutes of video. I can, however, post a few pictures from out first taping (09/18/2007). If I can't get video clearance and you reside in the central Ohio area, the production will air on WOSU.TV on October 6th, 2008. If I can get some video, I will add it to this post.

    With any luck, this system will be around the next 20 years!
    Last edited by bruf; 09-19-2007 at 02:31 PM.

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Sep 2006
    Location
    Carol Stream, Illinois
    Posts
    1,695
    Images
    118
    Rep Power
    108

    Re: Quiz Show Scoring System

    Great stuff bruf! We'd love to see some video of this in action if at all possible, so please keep us updated. Thanks for the submission!

    �In the long history of humankind (and animal kind, too) those who learned to collaborate and improvise most effectively have prevailed�
    - Charles Darwin

  3. Re: Quiz Show Scoring System

    You retired the C64? Noooo!

    Seriously though, this is really cool. I'm sure you saved a ton of money too.

  4. Re: Quiz Show Scoring System

    I know this is late and the winners have been decided, but here is a link to my scoring system in action. This program is produced by ONN [Ohio News Now]. It uses the same set and scoring system used for WOSU's "In the Know". The programs are very similar in look and feel.

    The Brain Game

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Sep 2006
    Location
    Carol Stream, Illinois
    Posts
    1,695
    Images
    118
    Rep Power
    108

    Re: Quiz Show Scoring System

    Nice, thanks for the update! This is an excellent representation of the possibilities of these easy to use boards

    Too bad you didn't get that video in before the end of last month. I was really pushing for you to be in the top three, but without the video it was a little hard

    �In the long history of humankind (and animal kind, too) those who learned to collaborate and improvise most effectively have prevailed�
    - Charles Darwin

Thread Information

Users Browsing this Thread

There are currently 1 users browsing this thread. (0 members and 1 guests)

Similar Threads

  1. Home Security System +
    By SkipFire in forum Project Showcase
    Replies: 3
    Last Post: 08-17-2007, 11:10 AM
  2. Contest Entry Fuel Burner Control System
    By BillW in forum Project Showcase
    Replies: 4
    Last Post: 08-03-2007, 03:54 PM
  3. Power Control System
    By SkipFire in forum Project Showcase
    Replies: 0
    Last Post: 07-23-2007, 03:50 PM
  4. quiz show buzzer system with 0/16/16
    By larsu in forum Arbotix, Microcontrollers, Arduino
    Replies: 5
    Last Post: 07-02-2007, 09:29 AM

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •