Pickleball Scoreboard pt 2- The 7 Segment Display

16 January 2019

For the pickleball scoreboard, I finally got the 7 segment display working. Here’s a video of it in action.

I was up in the air between just having 4 single digit displays or one 4 digit display, and I’m glad I went with the one 4 digit display. It’s a little unwieldy because, as I learned, all the different digits display the same segment at the same time, so you need to turn each digit on in series. Luckily, I found this video that had a tutorial and attached Arduino code. Full credit to him, a lot of this code was taken from that, and it with some modification it worked totally fine.

In the final design I’ll be able to just run the two 7 segment displays exactly in parallel, which will simplify things when we get to the stage where I’m printing the circuit boards. Anyway, here is the Arduino code. I decided not to make a schematic since most of it should be intuitive and will vary depending on the model of your 7 segment display.

Up next: Bluetooth controls! Also, LA has been very rainy, and I need to figure out how to make this thing resistant to water.