Today I was looking at electronic dart boards, and I couldn't find a single one that I liked. Then an idea hit me - wouldn't it be a fun project to make one myself??
So - thus far I've decided I can buy a cheap electronic dart board - strip out the board and sensors, attach the sensors, a small keypad, and a small LCD to a board that runs the JVM, and write a java program to handle the actual game itself, and build a wooden case for the whole thing.
I have no problem writing the Java code - I've been working professionally with Java for over four years now. However, I am truely a clueless newbie when it comes to any good Java chips / boards to use. I think it would be a bit overboard to actually have a computer running this game, a small embedded solution would be ideal.
Can anyone suggest anything or point me in the right direction?
There are a few makers of java hardware or micro-controller solutions. Ajile makes a wonderful Java processor but I don't know if you can buy it in single units currently.
There was a mini on board java micro-controller solution I saw a few years ago at Java One. I think Tim Lindholm had a board, Ill try to catch him and ask him what it was and if its still around.
You *might* try a google on "Java" and "Micro-controller". Similarly a search on those terms on java.sun.com might turn up some info.