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(Orange you said you has answerz?)
Also Sir Predator Fourty Seven.
How would you count how many have been loaded? It doesnt matter if you start the loader at 0 and go up ( 0,1,2,3,4,5....->)
or if you start the loader at 190 and go down (190,189,188,187....-> ) (would it go negative?)
because The hopper capacity is not exact, and each pod will have a different number of paintballs in it. so after 2-3 pods you could be off as much as 20 ish paintballs in any estimation, The loader might read 50 but you really ave 30 or 25 left, Or the other way, 70 or 75.
Going by a pure shot count would be silly and cause more problems then solution's
A more complex way would be to make the entire bottom tray a weight scale, zero the scale out, put one paintball in, and set that mass as 1 paintball. Then as you add more paint the loader will simply get the total mass (normal force bitches!) divide by the 1 paintball and round to the nearest whole number. Which would be a fairly good estimate as a Vast majority of paint through the day will be about the same mass.
when you add a loader if you have 139 or 140 or 141, the mass difference should account for that.
Now that being said, adding a scale to a hopper isn't the lightest thing, and would probably be more expensive then actually useful.
I dunno, Unless its main selling feature is
"We have a Total Shot counter! YAYSORZ!" (Which BTW like 95% of Electronic guns have a shot counter also...just saying)
shot counter doesnt make sense, I'm ruling out the shot counter, Anyone who says
"It has a Shot counter!" You better damn well have something to back it up.
A scale is ridiculous, but a shot counter in the manner I'm thinking of could be done and work out. You're right, keeping track of the exact amount of paint in the loader is difficult at best, if not impossible. But instead of an exact count, you could simply count the number of balls loaded and go from there.
Let's say they make the loader have a capacity of 200 balls. The shot counter would simply have to count out approximately 140-150 balls loaded, because at that point you would be able to fit another pod into the loader, regardless of how many you started out with or exactly how much is left. 140 balls are known to have been ejected from the loader, and that means another pod will fit in. The loader does not need to tell you how many balls are left exactly, it will simply just tell you when you can reload.
You may ask how the loader can tell the quantity of balls that have been loaded. It's fairly simple, all you would have to do is put a set of eyes into the feedneck and offset them. Allow me to demonstrate with poorly drawn pictures:
The black circle is the feedneck and the red line would be the beam of a break beam eye system, which can be found on most paintball guns. Because the paintballs are round, there is a gap in between them.
The black lines represent the feedneck, and the red dot would be the beam and obviously the paintballs are loaded into the feedneck. This means that every paintball that goes through the feedneck will break the beam, and each time the beam is broken the loader can tell that a paintball has been loaded.
At this point, all it has to do is count out, without displaying on the screen, 150 or so paintballs, or a quantity that can be set by the user. And once the loader senses that the set amount of paintballs have been loaded, it will notify the user to reload.
TLDR; It's doable, but in my opinion it is still unnecessary and gimmicky. I would rather remove all nonessential components and use that space for more paint if it were me.