Because I would like to play go in a “manual” way but don’t have someone here to play with me, I thought about creating a electronic board that is as close as possible to a tradtional wooden non-electronic one.
And I wonder, if not anyone has done this already before? So I have seen solutions with image recognizing and roboters putting stones somewhere, but what I think of is this:
- A normal wooden board (lets say its a 9x9 for beginners like me and because its less effort to start with building)
- drill holes by around 7-8 mm to each cross point
- create a combination of a photo sensor at the top and a rgb LED beneath it and put it all in a silicon enclosing (for example). So that is the very much tricky part of course, the idea is that you have for each crossing a sensor/led combination somehow.
- the next tricky part would be to do arrange all the cables etc. beneath the board and connect it to a raspberry pie for example
However, tl;dr in the end you have a wooden board, with a photosensor at each crossing and a transparent ring that can turn to any color. When you put a stone on a field, the sensor should recognize it and the computer can show you the place where you should place your opponents stone with the light ring. (or it could give you hints where to put yours, count areas etc. whatever)
I guess it would take a lot of effort to build this in a good way and I personally would also be happy if I could buy something like that But I haven found any projects or products like it, I guess the software part is very simple (using already existing go KIs). But building it, yeah maybe great with someone who has more experience and knowledge than I do. Maybe there area already electronic solutions for photosensor/led combinations or whatever… (update: it seems to be possible to use LEDs in both ways, as sensor and lighter, that would make everything much more easy)