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New products to be delivered in August September 2008

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-klb- wrote:

That is interesting. All the prior posts about the DIO-32 card have indicated servo control. Interesting that this is the first post about it that does not mention servo control as one of the features..

- Kevin



Kevin, I went back to the very first post on this thread and re-read all the way. In the very first post at the bottom there is a note that there will be a daughter card for servo control. There are no other posts here that indicate that it has been dropped. Some may be trying to locate an alternative, to be able to plan and program with ample time before Halloween. (IMO)

-Steve

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NWSanta wrote:

Bummer,
I read and read and was hoping to read something about a Servo Card.
Guess for now I'll have to go this route..
http://parallax.com/Store/Microcontrollers/BASICStampModules/tabid/134/txtSearch/servo/List/1/catpageindex/2/ProductID/346/Default.aspx?SortField=ProductName%2cProductName

Thanks for letting us know about the other stuff though

Evan


Evan,

That is my back-up plan also. Do you plan to use the VSA software with the card? http://www.brookshiresoftware.com/vsa_overview.htm I have read quite a few reviews on this software and from what I have read so far, it definitely seems like the easy way to do and synchronize animatronics.

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Hey Denny,

Yah that was the Software I was looking at. My Wife is the one doing Halloween So I wanted something simple yet powerful and I think that's the way to go... I don't mind spending money on software if it's going to do what we want it to do.

-Evan

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LightORamaJohn wrote:

Here are the products to be delivered in August & September:


Edit: Forgot to mention that the DIO32 has headers on it allowing 16 servos to be controlled by two of the 8-channel ports.


Hmm, I must have missed this. I would love to test this out to see how it works!!!!
Hell I don't even mind being a beta tester for this one!
Cheers
Evan

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Evan,

If the software is as good as all the reviews and users say, I think $60 is a bargain price. Can't be too difficult to use, this guy ( http://animatronicsworkshop.com/Backstage.html ) teaches animatronics to 6th, 7th, & 8th graders. The kids do it all from building the figures to programming them with VSA. I found an inexpensive place for servos, starting from $6.00 (http://store.polkshobby.com/scripts/cgiip.exe/WService=takestock/search.html?ItemNum=&ProdLine=Any&ItemDescript=servo&MultiSearch=++Search++&conum=002&HideFld2=Any%3BAny%3BAny%3BAny%3B%3B%3B

I have dealt with them before with G-Gauge trains (Aristocraft). They have a company philosophy like LOR and bend over backwards for the customer. All I need now is the board. I am not doing a Halloween show, but once I get Christmas up and running this year, I want to get into animatronics experimentation hot and heavy. Already have enough lights and channels, I been wanting to get into the animatronics for a couple years now. Have been waiting for the anticipated LOR board for a while now. If it's not out by the end of the year, I will go with the Parallax board as it has really good recommendations on several sites also. Just need to figure out how to trigger the animatronics programming with LOR.

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OOOOoo that Bucky kit is cool!

I'm pretty sure that's what my Wife wants to do. I think that we may go with a seperate system as she wants the skulls to be doing something different than the Singing Pumkins that LOR is running.

If we used LOR For everything we'd have to have 2 laptops running LOR with 2 USB Controllers. Oh well, she's already commented that we don't have time to do it this year so we'll pace ourselves and see what happens for next year.

Cheers
Evan

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LightORamaJohn wrote:

Here are the products to be delivered in August & September:


4) 9 channel fountain controller. Controls up to 3 PMSM pumps and 6 channels of LED lighting. Permanent Magnet Synchronous Motor pumps are the type most commonly used in fountains and ponds. Both pumps and lights controlled from barely on to full power. LOR plans to offer both submersible pumps and submersible LED lighting.



I am very excited to see the the announcement of a fountain controller! Why did you say LED channels? Are these channels specifically designed to control high power super bright LEDs such as the LUXEON Star or K2? (I hope)

I'm planning a fountain for this year's display and am wondering about the capabilities of this card and (of course) availability.

A littile more info please - please- please?

Theron

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Any word on the "Chime-O-Matic" that was mentioned by lightoramajohn in June? I thought it might be nice to program it for the carrol of the bells.

John

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are they really going to bring back the strip light controllers that i wanted so bad 3 years ago?

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Dan...any update at all on these new products?

I know post-LOR 2 you are cautious about giving out dates, and I can understand this, but are we going to see any of these things this year?

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Ponddude wrote:

Dan...any update at all on these new products?

I know post-LOR 2 you are cautious about giving out dates, and I can understand this, but are we going to see any of these things this year?

+1 and the firmware/feature update?

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Dan:

Is it possible to leak out a little more info on the new products. I would love to see Documentation on the new products. This would help with designing other equipment for Halloween. I won't ask for a date, I know how dates can come back and bite you in the A**.

Thanks in advance Donald Puryear

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Donald Puryear wrote:

Is it possible to leak out a little more info on the new products. I would love to see Documentation on the new products. This would help with designing other equipment for Halloween. I won't ask for a date, I know how dates can come back and bite you in the A**.


The Network Repeater is done and available in the store under accessories. Here is the document:

http://www.lightorama.com/Documents/LOR-Rep_Man.pdf


Here is the latest (preliminary) copy of the DIO32 manual. I think the verbiage is correct for the production boards, but I don't have pictures of the production board. I will most likely make some minor wording changes, expand the sections on the daughter boards and do a much better job with the photo diagrams. Anyway, this is an accurate description of the DIO32.

http://www.lightorama.com/Documents/DIO32_Man_Web.pdf


The isolated USB adapter has also been completed and will be available for Christmas this year. I haven't had a chance to produce a document for it yet. There's not really that much to say about it, it's like a regular USB adapter, except that the PC is isolated from the LOR network (thousands of volts of isolation.)

I have not had a chance to produce something I would consider presentable for the Chime-O-Matic or the Fountain Controller.

I completed the hardware design of the Fountain Controller last spring. Prototypes have been in use in test environments since June and they have exceeded our expectations.

Likewise, I finished the hardware design and testing of early prototyping for the CoM last July.

I'm sorry I announced the Fountain & CoM. Dan and I discussed these two items and really thought we would have the time to get them out before the Christmas rush overtook us. Unfortunately, for us, the Christmass rush starts in August.

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Well the ideas are already starting for next years show!! That is some great information. Thanks for the update John.

Any idea on prices yet?

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John, thanks so much for posting that information! It's great to see what exactly the DIO board will be capable of, and how it will do it.

I promise I'll now wait patiently for it's release (though I am curious as to a ballpark price.)

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I know that the new DIO32 board has digital inputs, But can they be configured to play, pause, stop and select different musical sequences if they are being played off my PC.

Just an example:

I/O 1 plays musical sequence 1

I/O 2 plays musical sequence 2

I/O 3 plays musical sequence 3

I/O 4 Pause

I/O 5 Stop

Or will the digital inputs only trigger a non musical sequence that is downloaded to the controller.

Steve

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Steve Constantino wrote:

I know that the new DIO32 board has digital inputs, But can they be configured to play, pause, stop and select different musical sequences if they are being played off my PC.

Just an example:

I/O 1 plays musical sequence 1

I/O 2 plays musical sequence 2

I/O 3 plays musical sequence 3

I/O 4 Pause

I/O 5 Stop

Or will the digital inputs only trigger a non musical sequence that is downloaded to the controller.

Steve



Steve,

You will be able to control things at the PC. There will not be a "pause" button but there will be the other things that you mentioned. You will be able to start musical sequences and stop them. There will be options that determine if a muical seqeunce can be interrupted by another button or not. As far as stopping it, you would do so by putting in short animation sequence (1/10 second long) that turns out the lights. It would be associated with your stop button. A button will be associated with a sequence thus the need for a "stop sequence" as described above.

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hi dan

i was wondering have you worked out a way to control the mc-tb08 with the Dio-32.

i remember you saying that the patch lead on the mc-tb08 is 10 pin and i think the dio-32 is 14.

what should i do about connetions and when will the dio-32 be available for sale.

thanks les m , uk

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lesm wrote:

hi dan

i was wondering have you worked out a way to control the mc-tb08 with the Dio-32.

i remember you saying that the patch lead on the mc-tb08 is 10 pin and i think the dio-32 is 14.

what should i do about connetions and when will the dio-32 be available for sale.

thanks les m , uk


Hi Les,

It will take a little rigging but the DIO32 will control the mc-tb08. It will require the 10 wire ribbon cable be spliced into the 16 wire ribbon cable that comes out of the DIO32. We can show you the correct wiring.

Dan

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