The MultiTimer

The MultiTimer works much like a chess clock, without the two players limitation. We found out the fun way why: It adds an extra level of excitement to games and prevents them from becoming boring. Additionaly, it allows players with different skill levels to have a fun game together by assigning a time handicap. Really, it even makes playing scrabble with your parents fun again!

We have an online Multi-Timer app!

Use a basic multitimer in your browser! In two easy steps you have set up your own multitimer. Use the spacebar to switch players. Try it now!

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New Multi-Timers

The Multi-Timer as an Arduino Uno shield: Because many people have an Arduino Uno lying around that isn't in use anyways. Finally, put it to good use!

The Multi-Timer with an extra I/O board: 4 buttons and 4 relays give plenty of options! Let lamps light up in sequence, see which player is playing, and give every player a dedicated button (like on a real chess clock).
I am very happy with the changes. They works great! Unfortunately it's very quiet in enclosure land...

all timers together

Maker faire 2016 Aftermath

Big fun! The tensegrity structure looked great and got a lot of attention. Glad we did it. It covered up for the "minimalistic" booth we had :). It got more attention than the Multi-Timer itself, so, contact me if you want more information about it or about the Multi-Timer!

tensegrity Fluorescent

Maker faire 2016

This year we're at the Maker Faire, at the PNE in Vancouver, again!
If you never went to the Maker Faire, you should definetly check it out on Saturday and Sunday (June 11th and 12th).
I was hesitating to join the Maker Faire because I don't have too many new things to show off. I realized I should though, because it gives me a bit of stress to create things. Now I have: The Multi-Timer as an Arduino Shield, an optional I/O panel, and a renewed pcb. All this to procrastinate the work on what is the hardest: Making a nice enclosure that is easy to make a larger quantities.
This time I know the through meaning of a booth (I used to think it always meant a physical construction), so I will not build a little house. Instead, I made one of my favorite constructions of all time: A tensegrity structure. For the fun of it, I exchange the rods for TL-bulbs.
Also check out our fun browers apps in extra, make your own weather forecast, or practice your SET skills, or see my moving mazes in the lab.
Don't forget to contact me if you would like to have a Multi-Timer! I have all the components ready and it is always fun knowing that people actually use it!

tensegrity on roof of car

How the real MultiTimer works

When a player finishes his turn, he presses the next player button. When all players have played, a new round starts again with the first player, his count down timer restarts from where it was stopped the previous round. This is different from an hour glass, where the time for a turn is always the same.

A picture says it all...

Maker faire review.

The maker faire was a great event! I got lots of good reactions! And some critical feedback! Yippee, I was somebodies favorite (on the down side he called my super button an "upside down yoghurt container"): Search for Lode, or scroll through the pictures until you see the Red Button!

A picture says it all...

See it in action!

Hurray!! We will be at the Vancouver Mini Maker Faire the 6th and 7th of June 2015! There I will be showing of the possibilities of my MultiTimer. Proudly somewhere in the middle of the website !

multitimer with extra button

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Pieter Maenhout says...
Question: can i use one multitimer to manage the time sequence for boiling several eggs at the same time, keeping in mind that i want different cooking times. It's for organizing a neighbour-fest :-) If so, please send me 6 multi-timers!
20th May 2015 3:30am
Lode says...
Feel free to leave anything here. No signing up needed!
10th May 2015 11:51am
lode says...
yes, it is very easy to comment
10th May 2015 12:27pm

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