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Title of the project : Embedded Quiz Monitor for buzzer round using
89C51 microcontroller

Microcontroller : AT89C51

Power Supply : +5V, 500mA Regulated Power Supply

Display : a) LCD

b) LED

LCD : HD44780 16-character, 2-line (16X2)

LED : 5mm White-in-Red, 5mm White-in-Blue

Crystal : 11.0592MHz

Input : Micro switches

Developed By : M/S Wine Yard Technologies

3-6-148/1/A, Opp HDFC Bank,

Liberty Road, Himayathnagar, Hyd – 29

Phone : 040-65178887, www.wineyard.biz

3-6-148/1/A, Opp HDFC Bank, Liberty Road, Himayathnagar, Hyderabad – 29


Ph: 040-65178887, Fax: 040-30528887, visit us at: http://www.wineyard.biz
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Abstract

Embedded Quiz Monitor for buzzer round using 89C51


microcontroller

In the buzzer round of quiz contests, the question is thrown open to all
the teams. The person who knows the answer hits the buzzer first and then
answers the question. Some times two or more players hit the buzzer almost
simultaneously and it is very difficult to detect which of them has pressed the
buzzer first. In television shows, where the whole event is recorded, the
actions are replayed in slow motion to detect the first hit. Such slow motions
are possible only where huge funds are available to conduct the show. For
this reason buzzer rounds are avoided for quiz contests held in colleges.

This project is an electronic quiz buzzer that is affordable by the


colleges and even individuals. This project is useful for a 4-team quiz contest,
although it can be modified for more number of teams. This system is
sensitive. The circuit can detect and record the first hit contestant among all
the contestants that may appear to be simultaneous. This project not only
monitors the fastest finger, but also evaluates the performance of the
contestants by saving marks of all participants in microcontroller registers as
per Quiz Masters guidance.

This project uses 89C51 microcontroller. 16X2 LCD display is provided


to alert the participants for the question and to display who is answering for
the question. Quiz master can justify the answer by incrementing /
decrementing the marks of particular team. Finally the quiz master can close
the contest and he can display the marks obtained by individual teams and
winner details.

Once the hit of a team is registered, all the buttons are automatically
disabled. Even if any contestant tries to press the answer switch, the system
will not respond.

3-6-148/1/A, Opp HDFC Bank, Liberty Road, Himayathnagar, Hyderabad – 29


Ph: 040-65178887, Fax: 040-30528887, visit us at: http://www.wineyard.biz
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A buzzer is provided for audio indication of the switch bounce.


Whenever a switch is bounced for answering, the system acknowledges the
fastest bounced switch by a short beep sound. This buzzer is driven by an
NPN transistor.

This project uses regulated 5V, 500mA power supply. 7805 three
terminal voltage regulator is used for voltage regulation. Bridge type full wave
rectifier is used to rectify the ac out put of secondary of 230/12V step down
transformer.

3-6-148/1/A, Opp HDFC Bank, Liberty Road, Himayathnagar, Hyderabad – 29


Ph: 040-65178887, Fax: 040-30528887, visit us at: http://www.wineyard.biz
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BLOCK DIAGRAM

Quiz Master
Driver Buzzer
Circuit

Question
Contestants Ready LED
8051
Micro controller Contestant indicator
LED

Crystal

Reset 16X2
circuit LCD

Contrast
Control

Step Bridge Filter


down Rectifier Circuit Regulator
T/F Power supply to all sections

Block diagram: Embedded Quiz monitor for buzzer round using 89C51
Microcontroller

3-6-148/1/A, Opp HDFC Bank, Liberty Road, Himayathnagar, Hyderabad – 29


Ph: 040-65178887, Fax: 040-30528887, visit us at: http://www.wineyard.biz