Experimenting with a DIY RFID Table and Broadcast Overlay (1 Viewer)

Well, I for one am damp in all the right places over this little thread. Kudos to all the smart people on board. I've been dabbling with a similar idea for a blackjack table. Good luck, I'm watching with wonder!
 
I was doing research on this topic and stumble on this thread. I’m a full stack web developer if you need resources in this area. My tech stacks are different than what you are using (.Net, MSSQL, SignalR, React) but willing to learn to contribute.
 
The project will be open source and available on github once we reach a release version. In that, you'll have all the info you need to have the hardware produced by the PCB manufacturer of your choice and the corresponding software will be available on github as well (along with source code).

There are still enough variables at this point that I'm not comfortable throwing specific cost numbers around so I'll just say that an entire setup should be pretty affordable, especially as compared to existing solutions. I'd further generalize by saying that the cost of building this RFID setup into a table should be a fraction of the cost of your typical table build.

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Work being done of the rfidReader firmware, focusing lately on the captive portal that'll be used for initial reader configuration (connecting to wifi and pointing the reader's websocket connection to the rfidServer software):

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...and a little work being done on the rfidServer portal:

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Like I mentioned before, I have about zero UI creativity so we're just customizing a w3css template for now.

Hardware wise, still waiting on the new antennas from OshPark. Might start working on v0.3 of the rfidReader hardware which will focus on a better layout and implementing fixes/lessons learned from the previous two versions.

Hey! I just came across this thread, as I am looking to make a streaming/video setup for some home games I run. Wondering if there is any update on when the open source stuff or production version will be available?
Thank you!
 
Don’t know about OP, i hope hés doing fine.
On my part, big lack of motivation to continue the project, which usually happens when i consider something is « technically done »… :-/
 
Don’t know about OP, i hope hés doing fine.
On my part, big lack of motivation to continue the project, which usually happens when i consider something is « technically done »… :-/
I know how that goes all too well!

I took a break for a while, too, during the holidays, but I've been back at it for about a month now.

v3 of the reader board is about ready to be sent for production. It addresses various issues, but most importantly it hopefully allows me to more easily tune the antennas. I'm trying to meet the same level of performance I see from the pre-assembled PN5180 modules I've tested with (reliably reading 5-6 stacked cards).

With that, I'm turning my focus back to software again.

We're still months out from beta but there's progress being made.

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v3 board arrived today, initial testing shows a big improvement in RIFD/antenna performance even without any tuning attempted yet... really encouraging!


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I also added some flash memory to this revision to support the firmware requirements as they grow because I think they will as we get further into software development. Haven't tested it much yet, but it does seem to wake up and communicate so w00t

Very happy today!
 
Hi eightyWon!
really a great project that you are leading! What are the latest news ?
 
Hi eightyWon!
really a great project that you are leading! What are the latest news ?
I am still actively working on this project most days and thinking about and/or researching something related to it daily.

A while ago I laid out the minimum requirements/functionally I felt I'd need to reach before offering a beta version for testing. Those included things like hardware performance as well as minimum software features/functionally. Since then, that's the stuff I've been focused on accomplishing.

A big part of those minimum requirements is antenna/reader performance. My goals are things like:
  • Able to reliably read 4 tightly stacked cards at 5cm with up to a 2m cable
  • Able to read at least 6 loosely stacked cards at 5cm with up to a 2m cable
  • Able to process all 16 antennas in under 5 seconds
With v3 of the board, we're getting very close to some of those goals. For instance, I'm now able to read 3 stacked cards at about 2.5cm, but 4 cards fails unless you spread them a bit. I'm able to read 2 stacked cards at 5cm, but not 2 stacks of 2 cards side-by-side.

I believe there are still improvements possible through antenna design and tuning which is what I'm working on now. This stuff, however, is something I have no previous experience with and it's a mix of science and black magic. I'm learning stuff every day and do feel like I'm making progress.

it's wild that we're less than a month away from the 2 year anniversary of this thread and it may seem that progress has been slow, but I'm extremely proud of what I've been able to accomplish so far. From the initial proof-of-concept, to designing my own hardware and full stack software development... to me, it's nothing short of amazing. There are whole teams dedicated to bringing projects like this to market, and I'm just some schlub in his basement.
 
Are you open to collaboration for the web socket and interface? If you are, can you please provide a github link to the repo. I have been looking into something like this.
 
With v3 of the board, we're getting very close to some of those goals. For instance, I'm now able to read 3 stacked cards at about 2.5cm, but 4 cards fails unless you spread them a bit. I'm able to read 2 stacked cards at 5cm, but not 2 stacks of 2 cards side-by-side.
Can you stagger the placement of the rfid in the cards?
 
Cool to see ESP make its way around my various hobbies! I havent used KiCad in 5 years and am glad to see it still be in use. Very neat project!
 
Ok. It’s more so the rfids aren’t stacked directly on top of each other and can be read clearer. More random would be even better.

Yes, I understand that, but there's almost no way of ensuring RFIDs won't stack on each other randomly after shuffling and dealing with hands of 2-7 cards. It would also be a manufacturing nightmare to try to randomly place small RFID elements on every card back.
 
Yes, I understand that, but there's almost no way of ensuring RFIDs won't stack on each other randomly after shuffling and dealing with hands of 2-7 cards. It would also be a manufacturing nightmare to try to randomly place small RFID elements on every card back.
I think you greatly underestimate the ability of designers and engineers and automated machinery.
You suggested random, I’d advocate for designed placement in 13 different locations. Hell, half that would probably declutter them. But you are the expert not me.
 
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I think you greatly underestimate the ability of designers and engineers and automated machinery.
You suggested random, I’d advocate for designed placement in 13 different locations. Hell, half that would probably declutter them. But you are the expert not me.

Whoa, pull back a bit. The problem is not in the location of the RFID in the cards, it is in the sensitivity and range of the reader.

The end goal of all this tech is to a) accurately read the identity of cards in the hole, and b) eventually accurately read the amount of chips in a bet when moved in stacks. If you can't read a stack of 4 cards, you'll never come close to reading a stack of 2 chips with physical placement of the RFID.

Your local library will allow you to check out a stack of media 4-6" tall without difficulty, so this is solvable on a table felt.
 
Whoa, pull back a bit. The problem is not in the location of the RFID in the cards, it is in the sensitivity and range of the reader.

The end goal of all this tech is to a) accurately read the identity of cards in the hole, and b) eventually accurately read the amount of chips in a bet when moved in stacks. If you can't read a stack of 4 cards, you'll never come close to reading a stack of 2 chips with physical placement of the RFID.

Your local library will allow you to check out a stack of media 4-6" tall without difficulty, so this is solvable on a table felt.
From the OP

The table and associated software will initially support Texas Hold'Em and be able to read the cards of 10 seats plus community cards and the muck (to detect folds/end of hand).

RFID-enabled poker table (reads cards, does not read chips)
Hopefully you are checking some reading comprehension books out of your local library.

This project is only for cards. Not chips, and not library books that have rfids placed in a different location in each book. And you may say “they are all in the back cover” or whatever and I might buy that if the were all the exact same size and shape and were all stacked perfectly on top of each other. But they are not.
 
From the OP




Hopefully you are checking some reading comprehension books out of your local library.

This project is only for cards. Not chips, and not library books that have rfids placed in a different location in each book. And you may say “they are all in the back cover” or whatever and I might buy that if the were all the exact same size and shape and were all stacked perfectly on top of each other. But they are not.

Okay, screw it, I am done with this conversation. I have no idea why you feel it is necessary to use demeaning and offensive language in your reply, when I did nothing to instigate or invite it. What baffles me most is that we have had good conversations in the past, and even done business together, and it saddens me that our difference of opinion on how to approach a technical problem that neither of us is directly involved in should bring out some sort of emotional beast in you. Good luck with staying in your own echo chamber where your screams of "I'M RIGHT!" can only reverberate to your own ears and nobody else's.
 
Okay, screw it, I am done with this conversation. I have no idea why you feel it is necessary to use demeaning and offensive language in your reply, when I did nothing to instigate or invite it. What baffles me most is that we have had good conversations in the past, and even done business together, and it saddens me that our difference of opinion on how to approach a technical problem that neither of us is directly involved in should bring out some sort of emotional beast in you. Good luck with staying in your own echo chamber where your screams of "I'M RIGHT!" can only reverberate to your own ears and nobody else's.
Man, I don’t know if I’m right or not. The OP hasn’t weighed in yet at all. You felt the need to chime in and be the expert. Maybe you are, I certainly don’t know. But the OP seems to know his shit and I’d like to hear his opinion, whether it agrees with my thought or not. Can you respect that?
 

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