Yes that discussion came up in a google search I did once. Yes the servo is too slow to respond. And yes its really cool walking over to reslot and just taking off rather than walk all the way back to the driver station. Its a blow out racing from various points around the track. With this you can race the track in reverse too, its like a whole new track!This is wireless for digital cars (based on the lane changing capabilities). I remember we did discuss the concept of wireless controllers in chat before, but it was based on RC servos and using radio frequency via RC controllers, but the verdict was there was too much lag time for speed adjustments. There are a couple ancient threads on the topic too.
However, this does mean is that a responsive digital wireless basic controller is very feasible!! I'm not sure if adjustment pots could be utilized to make adjustments for braking, or ohms adjustments for the racing types, For me, just not being tethered to the track by an umbilical cord would be cool!! My wish would be for simplicity with minor ohms changing capabilities. A simple 3 way switch to adjust ohms from 90 to 60 to 45 would be all I would need. I don't do brakes..
Carrera make a 1/43 but its very toy like. How many amps do the HO motors use on load (take off). Im sure I could make a 0.5 amp double sided chip, probably get the size down to 15x10mm, any good?A digital HO would be the greatest thing ever created! I'd go deep in hock for one! Maybe I'll have one at the old folks home.
RC used WiFi earlier, and congratulations for them waking up first on this great technology, but this is a complete system, not just a car/throttle relationship. Actually I never knew RC guys used Wi-Fi till I was half way through the project. I believe they use transponders for lap counting. The model train guys have a controller that is WiFi but it doesnt talk directly to loco decoder like Scorpius. Basically we have a total LAN (Local area network) where any component can talk to any other component. All components can receive and send data.Looks like RC cloning set-up. Most who prefer RC are already doing it???????
We recently prototyped a module that simply plugs into your driver station. So simple. Use your analogue car with your WiFi controller (throttle).How would this work for Analog? Do you have something that would hook up to the controller socket/Posts or would each car have to have a reciever in the car? I am not planning on going digital, but would like the wireless feature of the controller. The infrared controllers of the past just not good enough.
Nice controller if it can put 24 digital cars on a digital track. That would be something to see that many cars of a 2-4 lane track, strategy would really come into play! Thanks Gene
Yes, thats what its all about, all the systems have many issues, the main one being lack of power for more than 4 or 6 cars, and limitations to 8 cars. Scorpius architecture allows massive power, with 24 cars, 3 amp car decoders and more. Simply now world championships, commercial centres and clubs can enjoy digital racing without the well documented issues.It's about time someone figured out how to put all the pieces together.
- Does the technology solve a problem that cannot otherwise be solved, or is it simply replacement technology, a new way to do something that is currently done in another way?
This will liven the scene up. Imagine a 20 car Nascar, or F1 or LeMans race? If this doesnt raise interest in slots nothing will.In the mean time, where are the technology breakthroughs that will solve the most fundamental problems face by the slot car hobby, including how to bring more people together and build greater interest in the sporting aspects of the hobby, like racing? Those are the grand challenges.
Having the ability to have a wireless controller is probably only 1% of the overall package and advantages. The future is soon here, enjoy. There will be no more major advances in slot car achitecture for decades or more.Dude, I just put longer leads on my controllers.