Electronic Sandtimers -- Fun, Functional, FantasticDesigned by Geeky Games & Gadgets in United States of America
Note : Each order includes 6 devices. E.g., "Qty 2" means 12 timers! Introducing Electronic Sand Timers Electronic sand timers are great! They improve on everything you enjoy about traditional sand...Read More…
Note : Each order includes 6 devices. E.g., "Qty 2" means 12 timers!
Electronic sand timers are great! They improve on everything you enjoy about traditional sand timers:
Each order includes six fully-assembled electronic sand timers, plus...
Are you a visual learner? Check out the short instructional video on how to reconfigure the timers!
Every order is packaged with a custom CNC-milled tray made of sturdy EVA foam. The tray keeps the devices safe during shipping and makes a great storage solution after arrival.
STL files for 3d printed cases are available for download on Thingiverse and, with extra support files, on GitHub. If you have a 3d printer or access to one at a local library, so you create your own sleek cases.
By themselves, the case holes do not allow much light through. For the light to really pop and shine, add 1.5mm PMMA cables or pieces of clear filament and trim them flush with the top. These serve as light pipes, funneling the light from the LEDs through the case and allowing the lights to be as bright as without the case. 1.5 PMMA cable is available through eBay or AliExpress, among other places. A very short strand is enough for dozens of cases.
Electronic sand timers started as a personal project and eventually became a successful Kickstarter project.
The design went through several iterations before arriving at its current state. During each step, both supervised and blind testing were performed to ensure they were easy to use and reconfigure. It's durable, easy to use, and compact. It's also configurable to run between 15 seconds and 3 minutes, enough to accommodate most board games (and other fun applications!). BoardGameGeek.com has a list of board game sand timer durations.
The design is based around a PIC10LF320 microcontroller. It's tiny -- just 0.05" x 0.12" (1.3mm x 2.9), which is about half the size of a grain of rice in the picture.
I designed the first iteration six years ago. Since that time, my gaming group has used them both as sand timer replacements and as turn timers. We particularly enjoy how timed turns can heighten theme and excitement while encouraging AP-prone players to plan turns beforehand and enjoy a "good enough" decision over a "perfect" one. We have some games, even cooperative ones, that we won't play without an electronic sand timer. We store timers in the board game boxes and we've noticed the batteries last for years.
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Matt | Oct. 18, 2019
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