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*HyperLight
*HyperLight

old hand
Location: Great Malvern [UK]
Member Since: 9th Dec 2003
Total posts: 1174
Posted:I've been busy designing recently and I'm happy to report I've made some serious progress! I've very nearly got the final prototype board fleshed out and a design I reckon ought to work very well for the casing.


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I'll send off for the first set of prototype boards some time next week (still needs some tweaking and double-checking). I need to investigate a few more companies to find someone to make my polycarbonate balls. Just need to get the software up to scratch now. As it stands you'd need to have some special hardware to add new light sequences etc. into them... once I've got my head around a few things, you'll just be able to plug your hyperlights into a USB socket, fire up your software and tell them what you want!

Watch this space biggrin cool


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Posted:when will we get a new vid?

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Mr_Chutney
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Location: Herefordshire
Member Since: 18th Apr 2003
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Posted:Yeah Jon, when?

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sketch

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Location: Lincoln
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Posted:yeah when???? *stamps foot*

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*HyperLight
*HyperLight

old hand
Location: Great Malvern [UK]
Member Since: 9th Dec 2003
Total posts: 1174
Posted:Good question... how about when I get the new LEDs to replace the ones I broke in Oxford and Chutney gets his ass round to my place with his DV camera.. ? smile

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Mr_Chutney
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Location: Herefordshire
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Posted:Err.. ok?

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Skulduggery
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Location: Wales
Member Since: 12th Aug 2004
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Posted:Yeah Mr C get up off your ass ubblol tongue

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Brad_Fire
Brad_Fire

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Location: uk, cornwall
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Total posts: 13
Posted:i know my ideas havnt gone down well before but this one is good, promise...

it's an add on really in the shape of flaggs with fiber optic strands woven into it or the whole thing is made of them. these would be good as they would just tap off the light and give some cool trails and they would change colour with the hyperlights.

any good? ubbidea

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Sym
Sym

Geek-enviro-hippy priest
Location: Diss, Norfolk
Member Since: 28th Sep 2004
Total posts: 1858
Posted:I'm not sure if it would work - but I really like that idea! I'm sure there is a way to make hyperlight flags biggrin

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Brad_Fire
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Posted:im sure it would work. all you need to do is have the fiber opticts placed around the led or just in the sock im sure that would even be enough light for the light to come though. The hard part is making the flag, er im not very good with a needle and thread but im sure there are many that are? anyone?

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MikefromGlos
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Location: Gloucester England
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Posted:dont suppose u do or could do a devil stick i am desprite for a devilstick i could programe etc

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Asena
Asena

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Location: Shatfield, Hertfordshire
Member Since: 22nd Aug 2005
Total posts: 3224
Posted:The only thing about fibre optic wires is that they only light at the ends, with minimal light escaping down the main part of the wire. So you'd have flags with the main part and edges lit.... worth the hassle?

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Sym
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Posted:Thats whyt I didn't think it would work - what about something simple that would keep the 2 layers apart so the light could spread about? For some reason I can only think of bubble wrap...

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Posted:http://www.geekops.co.uk/gallery/index.p...20and%20fire%29
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Asena
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Location: Shatfield, Hertfordshire
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Posted:Hmmmm, but then you'd have lots of light at the end of the source, and not much at the end of the flags... hmmmm.... altho it sounds much better than the fibre optics...

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simta
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Location: hastings
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Posted:if u used the led's as the weights in the flags to give them momentum, and then used some kind of reflective fabric that cud work

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Asena
Asena

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Location: Shatfield, Hertfordshire
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Posted:Hm, but then... we are changing the whole hyperlight structure... It would be nice to have an attachment as such, or a new frame to pop the hyperlight balls into to give flags...

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compfuzzled
Location: hastings
Member Since: 11th Apr 2006
Total posts: 1182
Posted:errr yeh, i dont think theres any chance of takin the existing hyperlights design and "popping" it into make flags

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*HyperLight
*HyperLight

old hand
Location: Great Malvern [UK]
Member Since: 9th Dec 2003
Total posts: 1174
Posted:I think it could be made to work with a bit of effort although I'm not sure how much you'd actually see the small pin-points of light at the end of the fibres. I suspect they might well be drowned out by the light from the main beam frown



I see no reason why you couldn't just add a flag around the existing cone - that could look pretty cool smile

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Asena
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Location: Shatfield, Hertfordshire
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Posted:One thing at a time tho ah... I still cant wait to own some hyperlights ubblove

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Brad_Fire
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Posted:I can see what you mean. I know the light would only escape from the pin point ends. The idea was to have different lengths so the little specks of light would cover the whole flagg. so the whole thing would glow with little specks of light when the light shines through. but you are right one thing at a time.

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Sym
Sym

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Location: Diss, Norfolk
Member Since: 28th Sep 2004
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Posted:The nice thing about the hyperlights though, is I think you'll be able to just buy the ball with all the usb and charging stuff and no poi or anything else. I guess depending on the shape that would allow you to buy 3 and juggle with them, 2 and make your own staff/flags/whatever or 1 and CJ with it. The really interesting thing is the unit itself - the form you use it in comes after that smile

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Asena
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Location: Shatfield, Hertfordshire
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Posted:Which begs the question, will the basic hyperlight unit come with 2 white "socks" as standard?

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*HyperLight
*HyperLight

old hand
Location: Great Malvern [UK]
Member Since: 9th Dec 2003
Total posts: 1174
Posted:That pretty much sums up my intentions; The balls are the main item although I'm hoping to have some basic sock-like things to put them in as an option. I'm still umming and arring a bit as to whether it would be better to offer a seperate (dedicated) design for juggling or whether I can get away with it for the Poi.



I'm not sure how you'd use them with a staff, but I was planning to build HyperStaffs (once the poi are off the ground so to speak).



I'm not too sure how well HyperLights will work for contact juggling either as they're probably a bit on the light side. Once again, it may be better to get some seperate housings made (from acrylic most likely)... which would be another reason to keep the poi seperate.



What d'you guys reckon? confused



[Edit] Just saw your post Asena; I would expect most people would want them, but I'd make it an optional extra if it looks like quite a lot of people would only want the balls [/Edit]

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Asena
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Location: Shatfield, Hertfordshire
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Posted:Contact Hyperlights would be ace ubblove

I can see me handing over a lot of money to you... [censored] ubblol wink


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Sym
Sym

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Location: Diss, Norfolk
Member Since: 28th Sep 2004
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Posted:...but the point is people can be creative smile

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*HyperLight
*HyperLight

old hand
Location: Great Malvern [UK]
Member Since: 9th Dec 2003
Total posts: 1174
Posted:I wonder how long it'll be before people start producing patterns which don't use the full brightness that a HyperLight is capable of.. ? I've found that spinning them a lot can be quite disorienting as you can see little else! Maybe it's time to find a good pair of sunglasses? :P

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old hand
Location: Great Malvern [UK]
Member Since: 9th Dec 2003
Total posts: 1174
Posted: Written by: Sym

...but the point is people can be creative smile


Meaning you think I should make a HyperLight poi that can also be changed so you can juggle or contact juggle with it ...?


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Kieron
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Posted:I'd rather have hyperlights for just poi, and hyperlights for just juggling, if they'd be better then one form of hyperlights which can be used for multiple things.

Of course if a design that can be just as good at whichever job was used then it would be great, also better for production, however if thats not possible people can always use the hyperlight poi to juggle with even if there are "official" juggling balls that are better suited.


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Sym
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Location: Diss, Norfolk
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Total posts: 1858
Posted:All I'm saying is that if you can't figure out how to do something with the hyperlight design you have, some Hoppers are bound to come up with something whilst sitting round a camp fire doing what we do best...If the units are quite generic it'll give people more chance to come up with more toy ideas.

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Asena
Asena

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Location: Shatfield, Hertfordshire
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Total posts: 3224
Posted:I cant believe it censored my insult... it wasnt even that insulting... *sulk*

Um, but ye, a generic unit with changeble exteriors etc would be the way forward, saves us money... biggrin

How long how long! I cant wait any longer ubbcrying


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