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February 18, 2013

Dead Proform Treadmill Fixed using a Parallax Propeller Brain Implant

at 12:45 pm. Filed under DIY Hacks, Electronic Hacks


What do you do when you have an old treadmill and the controller dies? Most people would haul it to the dump, some might contact the manufacturer and see if a replacement controller is available, having it repaired in your home is probably not an option since the diagnostic call can repair service call and repair parts would probably cost more than a new unit. Parallax forum member knikula looked into getting a replacement controller but because of the system age replacement parts were no longer available. So he did what people like us do, make your own controller! The Dead Proform Treadmill was Fixed using a Parallax Propeller Brain Implant.

He is using a powerful Parallax Propeller controller development board but as he mentions this expensive board will eventually be used for something else since the main purpose of the expensive development board is simply to get your prototype up and running quickly. The system interfaces with the treadmill tilt up and down mechanism and the speed controller. He has tied in a heart rate monitor, a PC keyboard and computer via serial to input and monitor the status of his workout. Looks a bit overkill but now that he has everything working, a few buttons, a 4 line LCD display, the Parallax controller and a handful of devices is all he will need for the completed version. A cool idea would be to skip most of that and just connect it to a smart phone for display and control! 


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One Response to “Dead Proform Treadmill Fixed using a Parallax Propeller Brain Implant”

  1. Polytech Says:

    It is a very nice project! My own treadmill is not dead yet but I am thinking about speeding up its demise so I can mess with its internals – having the heart rate monitor feedback integrated into the control sounds a useful new feature.

    BTW, this project sounds like a perfect contender for the 2013 US Army’s Telemedicine and Advanced Technology Research Center ( http://www.tatrc.org/ ) MicroMedic national Contest, which Parallax is very much involved with. I wonder if the author can still qualify for the one of the 100 free microMedic kits which Parallax is distributing.

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