Automated DVD dispenser

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[Andrew] made this DVD dispenser for his senior project in high school. It is using an ATmega8515 for the brains, and a custom coded driver for the LCD. As you can see in the video, after the break, you can select a DVD by various identifiers such as genre or title. It then pushes that DVD out of the rack so you can grab it. Right now, all the DVDs have to be placed in predetermined positions, but it’s not a bad start at all. Thanks for sending this in [Andrew].

Comments

  1. The MPAA says:

    Hey, those DVDs look pirated. We know where you live, Andrew

  2. urlax says:

    It’s a nice project,
    tough, a bit slow.
    he could have built a rotary dispenser, a la

    p.s.
    the LCD is well done!
    how are the menu’s updated when he expands his collection?

  3. hum4n says:

    somehow i doubt he could have.

  4. Andrew says:

    Yeah it is slow, I used a stepper that my school already had, so in order to get enough torque I had to slow it down.

  5. bob says:

    why not make xvid backups of all your dvd’s and store your DVD’s here:

    and your backups here:

    http://www.thinkgeek.com/computing/drives/8e50/

  6. RomanSB says:

    Now lets see what your CS masters project is gonna be ;)

  7. joshuadg1 says:

    ba. good luck at MIT…you magnificent bastard :P
    really, nice work you should be very proud, and i’m sure there are greater things to come from you…

  8. jaded says:

    Nice work! I hope you get an excellent grade on it.

  9. ngth says:

    pirated movies!

    Pretty neat if you can get the setup in an enclosure to protect it from the elements of your home. The bar that the pickup arm moves on can definitely be optimized for its seek time.

  10. compufobia says:

    seems like a great project for the sake of doing but there ae commercial versions of this already out there that I think are a bit better. the link has one that has a usb link for a computer database and can be daisy chained, also had a built in dvd reader and burner, pretty slick if you have the need for that sort of thing.

    http://www.cyberguys.com/product-details/?productID=29999

  11. That’s an awesome project! Of couse it could be better… It could make coffee and check your email… But I think it’s a great start! Keep it up!

  12. TJ says:

    RE: Pirated DVDS

    Would you test with originals? haha

  13. PKM says:

    It’s pretty nice as a proof of concept- the title on the LCD is neat as well :)

    Now all it needs is a little SAPI automation so you can say “Computer: retrieve a random DVD from genre action film”

  14. strider_mt2k says:

    -Nice- project!

    MIT is getting another good one. :)

    -and i love the dimwits suggesting alternate storage when the project was clearly for school.

    this place rocks on so many levels.

  15. kyle says:

    hmm quite a cool senior project. mine was a flash video star wars scene, no i am not swk.

    one thought to improve the speed and size, get an old computerized plotter for the guts. I see them all the time at auctions for various businesses and they usually go for a few bucks.

    take the roller feed out and just use the x-axis and the pen up-down to push it. i am sure a quick mod of some open source plotting software would handle the selection easily

  16. peter says:

    how is this automatic if it doesnt just hand you DVDs on its own? i think that would be way more automated. getting a cup of coffee and RUSH HOUR 2!!! gee thanks DVD dispenser, you predicted my every need! oh wait its not automatic its automated. nvm. nice job.

  17. Ste@l says:

    @ compufobia but that only holds 100, with customization it could probably range from 500+…

    *HINT HINT Andrew*

  18. FunCardGames says:

    good one, thanks

  19. Rick says:

    Nicely done.

  20. Mic says:

    Hideously slow but a very good start, with greater speed this could be seriously usefull for managing lots of CD’s. Good luck.

  21. gabriel says:

    the worst thing with all those solutions is that it’s a pain in the ass to put them back.

  22. compufobia says:

    @Ste@l but you can daisy chain like 127 of them together so could be a crap ton of dvds/cds. 12,700 but the big question is, why not just buy a hard drive.

  23. cyberpunk says:

    apparently most people didnt get it. i would love to have something like that for my games, so they dont get scratched, lost. great for making sure no disk got lost. simple sensor to make sure the disk is there, and a bit of more effort, and it could inventory the disks! if i could buy something like that, i would. the only down side, it doesnt put the disk in a drive :( all well. still is cool, especially the lcd display :)

  24. xhriscarbon says:

    Pretty cool, now just add a slot loading cd/dvd drive to push them into.

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