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  • kidvoltage
    started a topic The Start/Stop Light Question

    The Start/Stop Light Question

    Ok so let's say you've got an SCX Digital system.

    If you have PCLC or it's weak-sister RMS then you really have no need. But perhaps you don't, in which case you might prefer something more than pushing the start button and shouting "GO!".

    So what do you think a Start/Stop light should do?

    Let us see if expectations can match up with reality.

    Talk to me.

  • Danni O'Laisip
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    Looks like you thought of everything and turned out a product in record time.

    Using SCXd, if I want to run a 100 lap race and not a timed race do I set your timer to something way too long like 60 minutes to allow SCXd end the race?
    I ask because the SCXd chrono displays fast lap, avg, & gap after the race. If you cut the power the CU doesn't know the race is over.

    Remember. Brake hard. So you can say you tried to stop.

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  • kidvoltage
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    Installed, working great. Looking great.

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  • GT47
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    My wish

    If I had my choice, the start light would also be wireless networked into my home network so I could control it from my tablet, smartphone or other wireless device.

    Just a thought to improve a great system.
    GT

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  • Earthbound
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    DRS Start Light, ahora en espaņol.

    With assistance from JuanLUX , our Start Light is now bilingual. While adding the Spanish language option, I built a framework to easily support more. If you want to request a specific addition, I'll need your help to determine the suitable words and phrases in the desired language.

    Thank you JuanLUX!

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  • Earthbound
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    Juan,

    I can't alter it to the extent that the user could create the own messages whenever they wanted. However, alternate language display is a good idea. If you are willing to help create/translate, I'll gladly put custom messages in any unit. I'll PM you and we can discuss it away from this thread. If we ended up with full message sets for multiple languages, I could add selection of such to the user interface.

    Mike

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  • JuanLUX
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    Monte, Mike,

    If it is not too late and the HW allows you to implement it, think about providing the user the option of customizing the messages appearing on the display; for instance on another language, etc..

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  • Earthbound
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    ...
    Last edited by Earthbound; 01-17-2014, 09:59 AM. Reason: beaten to the keyboard

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  • kidvoltage
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    Yes, this is the final outward design. HOWEVER... I am waiting on a new chip - this is a device that we can program - Arduino - so we are trying to add as many features as we can prior to release. Well, as many features as makes sense.

    Here's what we've got so far:

    Stand Alone Mode:

    1. Full control of power on / off at start / end of race
    2. Timer for race duration: 0 - 99 minutes
    3. Countdown to start with random time at last light
    4. Brightness adjustment for display
    5. Track Call with countdown restart
    6. Remote track call button enabled
    7. Practice Mode - track power on
    8. Grid Mode - track power off
    9. Race Mode - Countdown to start
    10. Race Over - track power off
    11. All messages broadcast on bright LED Display

    No false starts, full control of the race situation. With the Remote Track Call you can have a button or series of buttons located away from the unit to control the power during a race. In fact, the unit only has one button so the track call button will actually allow you to manipulate the unit in all other facets.

    The other option is to switch into PCLC mode for those of you with a PCLC setup.

    In PCLC mode, things are a bit different. With your SEB interface we'll show you how to connect both the SEB and our unit so that you also have control over power. Our unit doesn't do nearly as much in PCLC mode but there's not much for it to do. PCLC tracks time or laps. But the important bit is that we can control the power.

    So let's take a second and talk about connections. You'll be wanting to make some.

    In either mode, we provide a power pigtail that will plug inline with your SCX power supplies. power draw is minimal and shouldn't affect your cars even in 6-car mode. The only connection needed is to split the power wire inside the SCX box and connect it up to our relay system. We'll provide a complete tutorial on how to do this.

    PCLC Mode:

    For PCLC mode, a USB connection from the Start Light to the PC is used to transfer data. You'll still need to split the power wire inside the SCX box. This is also the time to ALSO connect your SEB interface to the inside of the SCX box which will then allow your system to work like this:

    1. Push button on SCX control unit to start race
    2. PCLC and Start Light begin countdown in sync
    3. At completion of countdown, Start Light turns on power and racing begins - no false starts
    4. Start Light / Remote Switch control power during a race. PCLC sees the commands from the Start Light and pauses / restarts race as needed.
    5. At conclusion of race Start Light turns off power to cars

    A bonus of our connection scheme is that the track displays - Lap Counter and Chrono - will maintain their states. You only lose power to the cars. As it should be.

    They will be available on our web site next week and the price will be... Let me make sure... Hang on...
    Last edited by kidvoltage; 01-17-2014, 12:51 PM. Reason: Adjusted for clarity...

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  • elm speedway
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    I have the same question. Is this the final design? And when will you have this ready for sale?

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  • kidvoltage
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    PM sent.

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  • JuanLUX
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    Monte,

    Be careful with the spectactor wearing the yellow T-shirt; it seems that it has suffered a heart attack with all the tests you have forced him to watch

    More seriously, is this the final design for the start/stop light system of Digital Racing Solutions?

    Again any chance of having access to test the system and showing it to our club members here in Spain?

    Kind Regards,

    Juan Luis

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  • kidvoltage
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    Meet the Digital Racing Solutions Start Light

    Ahem...

    [YOUTUBE]mVI9eQFU4uc[/YOUTUBE]

    I'll be happy to try and answer any questions. There will be another video. This one covers usage from the point of having just an SCX Digital System with no computer attachment. We'll also put up a video for those with PCLC to show that interplay.

    Power usage is low, I'm using a small cell phone charger. We'll provide a pigtail to connect to the SCX power system though any PS that can supply 7 - 24V should be ok.

    So how do you control the SCX track power without interrupting the lap counter? You have to tap into the Control Unit and split a wire. It's pretty easy. Cut a wire in two, drill a hole, attach two wires to the one you cut in two and run them out the hole. That's about it. An easy 15-minute operation. Will this violate your warranty? Uh warranty? From who again? But yes, probably.

    And on a final note, despite being designed with SCX Digital in mind, this will work with most any system.

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  • elm speedway
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    All eyes will be watching!

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  • kidvoltage
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    We'll have something to show very soon. Perhaps tomorrow. Need to shoot some video. How's that for a teaser.

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