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jmccorm wrote:

That's version 1.5 of the button, BTW. Version 2.0 will look like THIS...


Oh wow ... what a prop that would be!

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I would use it right away also.. Have heard a rumor that there will be a START button added. I can't set my shows up on timer, and will need to start them manually. (Got to work in among other performers ). I could be wrong, but as long as the old sequences will run, it won't bother me at all.



You can fake that now... just schedule your show for earlier than you'd expect it to start, but have "Enable Shows" off in the control panel. Then just enable the shows when you need it to start, and it will start within a few seconds.

To stop a running show gracefully, go into the scheduler, and set the stop time for earlier than the current time, then save the schedule. The current sequence will finish, then the show will end.

Not terribly graceful, but workable if LOR II doesn't make it out...

-Tim

WOW.. trust a fellow FireFighter to come up with an easy fix

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I saw at walmart yesterday they have an extension cord with a red button inline, it is so you can just tap it with your foot, should consider using this.

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Listen guys lighten up a bit on LORII release date. How many times did Sony and XBOX puah back their release dates. And Microsoft? All the time is the answer. Personally I would rather have it come out when it is ready rather rush it.

Since Jan. of last year I have been planning and building just for LORII. That's right. My entire display was built around that start button. Picture if you will, you drive up to see the display but only a few lights are on (maybe 200 or so). There is the front yard are two beacon lights flashing. A sign says push button to start show. You push the button and all the lights that were on go out!! A voice says no not that button and then a warning siren sounds. 30" Mini trees take off down the yard for 150 feet then hit a group of 36" mini trees that come on in a wave form then go to a 4', 6' 8' mini mega trees on each side that light the mega tree. When the mega tree is fully lit an explosion is heard and instantly 200,000 lights flash off and on and then Run Run Rudolph by Lnyard Sknyard starts.

That was the plan Jan. 1, 2006.

But personally I would rather wait for LORII now.

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Listen guys lighten up a bit on LORII release date. How many times did Sony and XBOX puah back their release dates. And Microsoft? All the time is the answer. Personally I would rather have it come out when it is ready rather rush it.

Since Jan. of last year I have been planning and building just for LORII. That's right. My entire display was built around that start button. Picture if you will, you drive up to see the display but only a few lights are on (maybe 200 or so). There is the front yard are two beacon lights flashing. A sign says push button to start show. You push the button and all the lights that were on go out!! A voice says no not that button and then a warning siren sounds. 30" Mini trees take off down the yard for 150 feet then hit a group of 36" mini trees that come on in a wave form then go to a 4', 6' 8' mini mega trees on each side that light the mega tree. When the mega tree is fully lit an explosion is heard and instantly 200,000 lights flash off and on and then Run Run Rudolph by Lnyard Sknyard starts.

That was the plan Jan. 1, 2006.

But personally I would rather wait for LORII now.

Wow! Robin you should be a story teller. I got so excited being part of your show, I wet myself! :shock:

That show sounds incredible! :happytree:

Michael B

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BTW... that massively protected button actually is a real product you can buy. It is called a "Self Destruction Buttton", and it connects to your computer via USB. Someone with a bit of coding experience would be able to make it so when the button is pressed, 'Enable Shows' is run. This hardware is not cheap, though.

http://www.geekstuff4u.com/product_info.php?manufacturers_id=&products_id=404




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jmccorm wrote:

BTW... that massively protected button actually is a real product you can buy. It is called a "Self Destruction Buttton", and it connects to your computer via USB. Someone with a bit of coding experience would be able to make it so when the button is pressed, 'Enable Shows' is run. This hardware is not cheap, though.

http://www.geekstuff4u.com/product_info.php?manufacturers_id=&products_id=404



Excellent idea! You've got my programming wheels spinning. Once the LOR SDK comes out if someone wants to buy me one of these I'll write the software ;)

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By they way I don't think the button actuall sends any commands back to the PC, I think it is just a glorified USB hub.

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Robin wrote:

Listen guys lighten up a bit on LORII release date. How many times did Sony and XBOX puah back their release dates. And Microsoft? All the time is the answer. Personally I would rather have it come out when it is ready rather rush it.

Since Jan. of last year I have been planning and building just for LORII. That's right. My entire display was built around that start button. Picture if you will, you drive up to see the display but only a few lights are on (maybe 200 or so). There is the front yard are two beacon lights flashing. A sign says push button to start show. You push the button and all the lights that were on go out!! A voice says no not that button and then a warning siren sounds. 30" Mini trees take off down the yard for 150 feet then hit a group of 36" mini trees that come on in a wave form then go to a 4', 6' 8' mini mega trees on each side that light the mega tree. When the mega tree is fully lit an explosion is heard and instantly 200,000 lights flash off and on and then Run Run Rudolph by Lnyard Sknyard starts.

That was the plan Jan. 1, 2006.

But personally I would rather wait for LORII now.

Ha...I can see the tire burn marks now as people take off doing 80 getting away from your show. The kids will be in the back seat waiting for the explosion....well, with 200k of lights, it'll certainly light up like an explosion!!! :laughing:

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Brad Bilger wrote:

WOW.. trust a fellow FireFighter to come up with an easy fix

Sorry to disappoint, but I'm not really a firefighter (although my dad was a volunteer in the small town I grew up in for many years). The pic is of my son on a fire truck at our local department's open house earlier this month. Interestingly, the station is pretty much kitty-corner across the street from our house, so we see plenty of training action.

-Tim

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By they way I don't think the button actuall sends any commands back to the PC, I think it is just a glorified USB hub.

Sad. You're right. It would take a minor bit of hardware hacking for it to send a signal back over the USB connection.

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Robin, you can't tell a story like that to some of us, we have weak hearts! You had me at hello - I mean 200K light!

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Now my daughter and I are going to do something like.....

Dad. Dad the lights are out!!!

(me) What?

(her) the lights are out and people are waiting!!!

(Then I will sound like I am pounding on the keyboard and then will say)
Opps! or Oh No!

She will say what?

(me) "I think... (then the sound effect of a warning horn and then go with the streak of lights and explosion.

Just do that at the beginning on the loop.

What do ya think?

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Some good launch ideas here!

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I don't suppose we could work in this?

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What is that pic from? That looks a lot like the old control boards in the water plants at work. They've had various upgrades, but the basic design is quite similar....

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Robin, I can't wait to come and see your display this year...

If you read page 8 of the .pdf for the LOR 1602W, you'll see that it has an input control on it. Now, whatever that may mean and the little statement 'Place Normally Open Switch between Input Pin and Ground Pin'... I'm assuming you can 'start button' the show without the software. I could be wrong though...

http://www.lightorama.com/Documents/LOR160xW_UserGuide.pdf

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Ok, I have a startup sequence idea:

This is me and my 4yr old son

(Son) Daddy, the lights went out again.

(Me) Ok, I'll fix it.

(Then I yell... like I'm being shocked, and all the lights shimmer, when I stop yelling, the lights go out again.)

(Me) Owe, that hurt.

(Son) Here Daddy, let me do it. (all lights turn on or an animation sequence starts)

(Me) Where did you learn to do that?

(Son) Mommy taught me, (then yells) Mommy, Daddy shocked himself again!

(short pause) (Me) Seriously, there is high voltage out there at all times, please be careful and stay away from all electrical cables and displays. Enjoy the show and have a safe and Merry Christmas.

(Lights fade out and the show starts)

How does that sound?

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I like it! I'm not very creative when it comes to voiceovers.....

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http://www.wizzardsoftware.com/att_demo.php

I use Mike - American Voice 16. I type the words I need into the demo box and hit submit. On the link provided, click 'save target as'.... Then, I import it with Audacity and work it into the music.... Here's an example of what it sounds like when I'm done... Of course, this is the short version, and it's synchonized as well... I'm submitting this to Greg for the DVD...



http://deadlikemeonline.com/media/tony short for pc.wav

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