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Re: Brainstorming 2017 - What do we need?
« Reply #15 on: January 04, 2017, 10:24:35 AM »
How about something that allows one to run a uSC from a F16 port? 
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Re: Brainstorming 2017 - What do we need?
« Reply #16 on: January 04, 2017, 07:10:59 PM »
Like to see 4-string Differential Board  with a F-8 Distro all in one. This would a huge feature I think.

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Re: Brainstorming 2017 - What do we need?
« Reply #17 on: January 06, 2017, 08:58:15 AM »
Happened to stumble upon some cool stuff.  Maybe you guys already knew but I didn't!  Figures, the aussies were always ahead!  http://www.hansonelectronics.com.au/product-category/lighting-controllers/ 

I am particularly interested in this: http://www.hansonelectronics.com.au/product-category/lighting-controllers/

I might be hanging around the aussie forum a little more!  ;D

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Re: Brainstorming 2017 - What do we need?
« Reply #18 on: January 06, 2017, 09:15:11 AM »
That's it, I'm moving

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Re: Brainstorming 2017 - What do we need?
« Reply #19 on: January 06, 2017, 09:22:50 AM »
What caught your eye?   I don't see anything I need. 

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Re: Brainstorming 2017 - What do we need?
« Reply #20 on: January 06, 2017, 10:39:28 AM »
This year was my first year with pixels and loved my USC controllers ruining from Falcon hub. Long runs wasn't an issue, have one item close to 200' away. Had a port on each of my f16 v1 boards not work, instead of worrying, just put 2 usc in their place. Usc are also easy to just leave installed on prop.

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Re: Brainstorming 2017 - What do we need?
« Reply #21 on: January 06, 2017, 10:59:16 AM »
On that controller I posted, it does what I always wanted it to do: run dumb stuff from a port like a pixel.  I take a port of the F16 and feed into this and it will controller pretty much anything 5-35V and treat it as 5 2811 pixels.  Say goodbye to dmx. 

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Re: Brainstorming 2017 - What do we need?
« Reply #22 on: January 06, 2017, 11:21:11 AM »
What caught your eye?   I don't see anything I need.
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Re: Brainstorming 2017 - What do we need?
« Reply #23 on: January 07, 2017, 04:23:57 AM »
I have an uncommitted input on my rPi-28D that was there purely so someone could use it for plugging a switch onto it to allow for shutdown or any other user script that someone wanted to use. It's CN10 at the top right of the photo.

I'd like to see either a PiHat (or another board on top of that), that has several buttons to trigger events on the pi.  That way you could plug things in for testing without having to use the web interface.  Just set the events for those buttons for whatever type of test sequence you want to use.  I'd find it handy to have for sure.
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Re: Brainstorming 2017 - What do we need?
« Reply #24 on: January 10, 2017, 08:10:04 AM »
How about some kind of cheap through hole powered test board that could interface with FPP/cheap china serial dongle/etc but also has a small pic for running test mode via jumper.  A simple thing with various output options like 2 RJ45s, 2 falcon green screw thingies, pads for connectors, pins for test lead hookups, what have you.  Fused and led indicators.  Back in the day the DLA 4 port served me well but no longer.  I say offer it board only and let user build so we can keep the DIY aspect alive. 

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Re: Brainstorming 2017 - What do we need?
« Reply #25 on: January 10, 2017, 02:21:32 PM »
I've still got a dla trigger board, wonder if we could do something fun with that. 

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Re: Brainstorming 2017 - What do we need?
« Reply #26 on: January 10, 2017, 02:35:51 PM »
I like the test device idea.  Anything that helps diagnose failed nodes or helps troubleshooting is a good idea to me.   Something like a little red gun shaped device that connects to the string and when trigger is depressed it fixes bad nodes would be good too...  I can dream right? ::)

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Re: Brainstorming 2017 - What do we need?
« Reply #27 on: January 10, 2017, 02:43:47 PM »
Since I test all my pigtails, would love a little board with leds that would let me plug in a pigtail use some clips to hit the wires and find out in a few seconds if my pigtail is good or not.

On the uSSC or SSC thing would like something that could extend their life a bit more.  Ease of reprogramming them would be fabulous, like hang them off a board from the F16V3 and it could reprogram any of them without needing to know what their channel was ahead of time etc..

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Re: Brainstorming 2017 - What do we need?
« Reply #28 on: January 10, 2017, 04:12:34 PM »
I've still got a dla trigger board, wonder if we could do something fun with that.

Steve sent me one of these a while back.  I want to modify the GPIO Input code in FPP to allow use of this board, but it hasn't made it up to the top of my ToDo list quite yet.
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Re: Brainstorming 2017 - What do we need?
« Reply #29 on: January 10, 2017, 04:15:50 PM »
Since I test all my pigtails, would love a little board with leds that would let me plug in a pigtail use some clips to hit the wires and find out in a few seconds if my pigtail is good or not.

I quit buying pigtails and just buy 5' extension cables now and cut them to length.  Since I always need a male/female pair, this gives me both and I can use any length I want.  Plus, it makes them real easy to test both ends at once.  I can string 5-6 of the extension cables together at once and test them all.  If it passes, they're all good, if it fails, then I troubleshoot more to figure out which one of the group is bad.  It might be nice to have a test board like this with multiple sets of pads/holes, one for attaching pigtails for testing extension cords and another for attaching alligator clips for testing half of a pigtail.

 

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