knight Rider

Posted on Feb 6, 2014

I have created a light computer that generates an effect like the scanner of the car KITT in the TV series Knight Rider. You can see a visualization of the effect in the image below: Many circuits on the Internet are built with a CD4017 counter IC. I myself chose to use a microcontroller for this job: the PIC16F84A. A microcontroller increases the

knight Rider
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complexity but it allows you to build a very flexible light computer. The circuit can be kept very small, this was a requirement for this circuit. The circuit can be powered by a DC voltage between 7. 12 V. I used a 7805 regulator to create a stable 5 VDC voltage. It you want to keep the circuit very small you could use a zenerdiode for the stabilization. The microcontroller is oscillated by an external RC oscillator. The capacitor was left away. This can be done but it decreases the stability of the frequency. The resistor has a value of 10k. I did some measurements on the circuit and the LEDs are active for a period of 0. 14 seconds. To change the speed you can simply change the value of resistor R1. You could also add a capacitor between OSC1 and the GND. A basic version in the assembler language. It runs the knight-rider light effect with only two possible output states: ON or OFF. Download the assembler source code. An extended version in the C Language. This software generates a little trail before and after the active LEDs. The intensity of the LEDs in the trail is lower. This is done by implementing some sort of PWM (pulse width modulation). Download the High-TECH C source code. A question you might ask yourself is why this circuit should be made with a PIC microcontroller. You get a 555 and a 4017 counter IC for less money. With them the same effect can be achieved. I have to admit the microcontroller is overkill...

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