ECE497 Project - Paper Football

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Team members: Russell Johnson, Griffin Steffy

Executive Summary

This project consists of creating a paper football game board and adding digital features and automation including scoring, possession, and a jumbotron. Two 7-segment displays are used for the scoring for the Home and Away teams. There is also an LED for each team that will light up in order to indicate who has possession. A switch is used to change possession from one team to another. A jumbotron displays various prompts such as whose turn it is as well as videos pertaining to scoring.


Parts used for this project:

  • BeagleBone Green Wireless
  • Adafruit 2.4" TFT LCD Display [Part No. ILI9341]
  • Adafruit IR Break Beam Sensors (x5) [Part No. HD-DS25CM-3MM]
  • Adafruit 0.56" 4-Digit 7-Segment Display w/I2C Backpack (x2)
  • A switch
  • A pushbutton
  • 2 LEDs
  • Plenty of wire and shrink wrap
  • Approximately a 2' by 1' flat piece of wood (about 3/4" thick)
  • 6' board that is about 3/4" by 3/4"

Installation Instructions

Getting the Necessary Hardware

Building the Wooden Board


Adding the Components to the Board


Wiring the Components to the BeagleBone


Installing Necessary Libraries

 git clone
 cd ECE434_project
  • Run the script to install all of the necessary Adafruit libraries

User Instructions

How to run the program

 cd ECE343_project
 sudo python



Theory of Operation


Work Breakdown

Project Timeline

Project Timeline.jpg

Major Tasking

Group Work: The following tasks were worked on throughout the course of the project, and completed by the end.

  • Build wooden gameboard
  • Solder extension wires on all components
  • Add shrink wrap on all visible wires to make them look nice
  • Glue components onto the game board
  • Mount a breadboard and the BeagleBone to the bottom of the game board
  • Wire all components to the game board's breadboard

Russell's Individual Work:

  • COMPLETE 11/3 - Create a python script to control the IR sensors
  • COMPLETE 10/31 - Create a python script to control the 7 segment displays
  • COMPLETE 11/6 - Create the initial python paper football script that includes all the IR sensors for goal detection, both 7 segment displays for scoring, 2 LEDs and a switch for possession, and a pushbutton for reset

Griffin's Individual Work:

  • Create shell scripts for the LCD jumbotron
  • Create a python script to call the shell scripts to control the LCD jumbotron
  • Incorporate the LCD jumbotron code into the main paper football python program

Future Work