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What is the Lynx Express?
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Re: What is the Lynx Express?
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Re: What is the Lynx Express?
« Reply #2 on: August 23, 2008, »
This sounds great RJ.  A couple of questions.  Will the main board have the RJ45 plug for DMX and some type of header to add the wireless later?  How's the wireless coming?  Will the older Freestyles be upgradeable to this new chip and control?

You are doing us a great service and we very much appreciate all your hard work (fun)!

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Re: What is the Lynx Express?
« Reply #3 on: August 23, 2008, »
WOW RJ!   How do you come up with this stuff?   

Sounds really cool and I cant wait to have one of my own! :D


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Re: What is the Lynx Express?
« Reply #4 on: August 23, 2008, »
AMAZING !!!

It is unbelievable the things you come up with.

Plz, sign me up as a beta tester...

 Thanks for all that you do.
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Re: What is the Lynx Express?
« Reply #5 on: August 23, 2008, »
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This sounds great RJ.  A couple of questions.  Will the main board have the RJ45 plug for DMX and some type of header to add the wireless later?  How's the wireless coming?  Will the older Freestyles be upgradeable to this new chip and control?

You are doing us a great service and we very much appreciate all your hard work (fun)!

Ron

Yes the main board will have two RJ45's "DMX IN" and "DMX OUT".

Yes there will be a header on the board to plug the Wireless module into.

The wireless is the same place it was a week ago as I have been out of town. I will only say that I have not yet hit any roadblocks that will prevent me from doing as I have said.

I belive we can make a small pcb a little bigger than the new pic that will hot wire the pins to the right places and let you use your Current Freestyles with the new chip and firmware. You will pull your old pic and plug this upgrade module into the current pic socket.  Remember all the connections are there they just need to hook to a different pin on the new pic and the module would have the correct clock on it to overcome the different clock speed also.

Think of it as a bolt on supercharger for your Freestyle.  ;D

"WOW RJ!   How do you come up with this stuff?"

Not amazing at all, it is looking at what I think I need. Dimming curves have been around forever but they normally use the square law which would not do us any good to match lights as they still would vary. I am taking one step farther by making a system to balance the lights natural curve to the dimmer so we get a flat response from all of out lights. No need to adjust your seqencing to the the light type on a channel by channel. We can match the controller to the lights to get you the same response on all your lights. Then you can tell from the previewer what your lights will really look like.

To keep from being a shocker I will let you in on the next step I will do once it is working. I plan to create firmware that will allow you to set it on a channel by channel basis. This way you can have a sting of leds on channel #1 and minis on channel #2 and they will match. But I wanted to take one step first and then the next. It will not require different hardware just the firmware changed to do it. The Pic I am using has the resources to make it happen.

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Re: What is the Lynx Express?
« Reply #6 on: August 23, 2008, »
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AMAZING !!!

It is unbelievable the things you come up with.

Plz, sign me up as a beta tester...

 Thanks for all that you do.

I know it might be a while, but I would be happy to be a beta tester too!

Kyle  ;D ;D
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Re: What is the Lynx Express?
« Reply #7 on: August 23, 2008, »
RJ, this is fantastic!  I don't even have my boards for 2008 yet, and already I'm starting to fantasize about 2009!
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Re: What is the Lynx Express?
« Reply #8 on: August 24, 2008, »
I would be willing to test and provide some funds for Beta boards if needed

Thanks for all the work RJ

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Re: What is the Lynx Express?
« Reply #9 on: August 25, 2008, »
Great Job RJ!

I like the Line up.  And as always your thinking of the hardware that is already out, and how to keep it from being outdated.  As to the name Express, that seems apt, considering that your plane is an Express isn't it?

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Re: What is the Lynx Express?
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Great Job RJ!

I like the Line up.  And as always your thinking of the hardware that is already out, and how to keep it from being outdated.  As to the name Express, that seems apt, considering that your plane is an Express isn't it?

Shawn ;D

Yes it is, but I was more thinking down the lines of the all in ones are quick and neat to put out. No cat5 to run to the ssr's and you don't need to build ssr's for it. So that is where I am coming from. But I am sure the planes name made me think of it first.

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Re: What is the Lynx Express?
« Reply #11 on: August 25, 2008, »
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Great Job RJ!

I like the Line up.  And as always your thinking of the hardware that is already out, and how to keep it from being outdated.  As to the name Express, that seems apt, considering that your plane is an Express isn't it?

Shawn ;D

Yes it is, but I was more thinking down the lines of the all in ones are quick and neat to put out. No cat5 to run to the ssr's and you don't need to build ssr's for it. So that is where I am coming from. But I am sure the planes name made me think of it first.

RJ

Cool

So a turbo prop SSR8 is in the works then :D

oops,

I also the love the LE (lynx Express) ideas.

you are keeping this a fun ride,

Many thanks RJ

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Re: What is the Lynx Express?
« Reply #12 on: August 25, 2008, »
Ok after working the design some more during layout I came up with some more savings in the parts so the current layout the part cost for the express looks like this.

1 -  $47.74
25 - $39.24
50 - $35.38
100 - $32.25
250 - $30.48
1000 - $28.47

With a pcb cost of about $8 we could do the Express with a coop for 50 of them for about  $43.38 or $2.71 a channel complete for dimming.

If you want the optional channel led's it will add just a little in parts cost. (16 leds)

I will be pushing ahead on this now as I need at least three for my show this year. It will priority #1 at this point.

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Re: What is the Lynx Express?
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Ok after working the design some more during layout I came up with some more savings in the parts so the current layout the part cost for the express looks like this.

1 -  $47.74
25 - $39.24
50 - $35.38
100 - $32.25
250 - $30.48
1000 - $28.47

With a pcb cost of about $8 we could do the Express with a coop for 50 of them for about  $43.38 or $2.71 a channel complete for dimming.

If you want the optional channel led's it will add just a little in parts cost. (16 leds)

I will be pushing ahead on this now as I need at least three for my show this year. It will priority #1 at this point.

RJ

Ok RJ that does it. I have to send you my medical bills.

The Doctor has double the price to put my jaw back in its correct place (again).
That is just crazy numbers for the Express..

Full speed ahead (wait that is boat talk)
Flaps down, full throttle?? (I am not really a plane person :D)

Take care and many thanks RJ

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Re: What is the Lynx Express?
« Reply #14 on: August 25, 2008, »
RJ... go for it!

As my only dimmers are the SSR16's I have on order, I'm beginning to get a little worried that they are not going to see the light of day (or make light at night) anytime soon in light - ok i'll stop now - of the situation with our inactive friend.  The Lynx Express would be a godsend if that is the case.

Should I be worried?
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