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Forums > Technical Discussion > HyperLight Update (21-11-2006)

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*HyperLight
BRONZE Member since Dec 2003

*HyperLight

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Location: Great Malvern [UK]

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Posted:Little update for you all (thought I'd start a new thread as the last one was getting a bit big!!). I've been a busy bee tonight and I now have 4 pairs of the MK4 (dare I say final?) boards soldered together... now to get something to put 'em in ready for Synergy!




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pineapple pete
SILVER Member since Sep 2004

pineapple pete

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Location: melbourne, Australia

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Posted::jawdrop:

very very impressive jon, how long has this project been in the works for now?

let me know when the first pair is for sale tongue

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"you know there are no trophys for doing silly things in real life yeah pete?" said ant "you wont get a 'listened to ride of the valkyries all the way to vietnam' trophy"

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Posted:mmmmmmmm hyperlights *drool*

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Basstones
GOLD Member since Mar 2006

Basstones

Do you do the poiz?
Location: Brisbane, Australia

Total posts: 530
Posted:Wow its been an amazing project to watch and really does look like its nearing the end now.

Cant wait to see the final product, be sure some make their way to aus eventually lol


"In the end there is only fire and a waterfall"

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Mr_Chutney
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Location: Herefordshire, England (UK)

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Posted:Fantastic work Jon biggrin

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*HyperLight
BRONZE Member since Dec 2003

*HyperLight

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Location: Great Malvern [UK]

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Posted:Fear not; when they go on sale it I intend to make sales world-wide from the word go smile

The challenge for the next few days will be to make some housings for these things that will keep them safe but still allow access to the switches and so that you can still open them up to change batteries...


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mcp
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mcp

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Location: Edin-borrow., United Kingdom

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Posted:why am I not going to synergy? frown

"the now legendary" - Kaskade
"the still legendary" - Kaskade

I spunked in my friend's aquarium and the fish ate it. I love all fish. Especially the pink ones. They are my bitches. - Anon.

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Neon_Shaolin
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Location: Behind you. With Jam

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Posted:I dunno... because you're gay?



(I'll be there trying John er... I mean his handiwork out...)


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*HyperLight
BRONZE Member since Dec 2003

*HyperLight

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Location: Great Malvern [UK]

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Posted:Getting back on topic a bit. I've decided Focus Do-it-all sample paint tins are definitely not spinner friendly prototype housings... so I've found something a little less harsh:


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Mr_Chutney
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Posted:Thats a hell of a lot of Brylcreme Jon- are you going to stash it or just throw it away?

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*HyperLight
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*HyperLight

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Location: Great Malvern [UK]

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Posted:Stash it... all 8 tubs worth!

Expect a very spiky / glowy Jon at Synergy wink


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sketch
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sketch

Empirically random...
Location: Lincoln, United Kingdom

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Posted:bah! i so should be going......
i think the uberflashy brylcreem equipment should head down to bristol after synergy......
and go to tribe of the frog.
but im biased biggrin


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Come from afar, far away state of mind,
open up your third eye, black helicopters in the sky"

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*HyperLight
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*HyperLight

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Posted:...we shall see wink

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UCOF
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Posted:Have you thought about covering the PCBs in the wax?
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*HyperLight
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*HyperLight

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Location: Great Malvern [UK]

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Posted:Yeah, but with LEDs that reach up to 70 degrees, I don't think it would stay inside the tubs for long! wink



I made a breakthrough today - HyperLights can now be reporgrammed without the need for external hardware. You can just plug them into the USB socket, load your software up, change the sequences, hit go, un-plug and start spinning biggrin



Woohoo!!!



[Edit] I just finished programming the 8 boards and they all work.. now to make some housings for them smile {/Edit]

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MikefromGlos
SILVER Member since Jul 2006

MikefromGlos

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Location: Gloucester England

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Posted:can i make a suggestion

If so here it is

Dont use a soft material that has a hard plug to house the batterys or anything like that because the plug push's in and breaks it all up


he he i am mike the amazing gloscircus person who is mike.

Officaly an exception to the Poi Boys are Girls Thing

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*HyperLight
BRONZE Member since Dec 2003

*HyperLight

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Location: Great Malvern [UK]

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Posted:You can most definitely make a suggestion! That's why HyperLights are as they are today... because people keep suggesting things and I keep pestering them with new ideas smile

I'm not sure I understand what you mean? Hard plug?

They will be made from injection molded polycarbonate which is one of the most impact resistant plastics you can get. The design is 95% complete and really just needs tidying up in a few places and to get checked by the manufacturers!

Does that answer your question?


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Yakumo
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Posted:arrrggg, so many posts, why hasn't my mail notification been happening frown frown
(and no they've not been caught as spam)


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Yakumo
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Posted:oh, lol, it's a new thread, duh smile



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my god... things progressing so fast now



well done jon !! \o/


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MikefromGlos
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MikefromGlos

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Posted:what i ment is some poi/juggling balls have a soft shell then a plug which to turn on u twist but the soft to hard joint is a weak point so they break there real easy

he he i am mike the amazing gloscircus person who is mike.

Officaly an exception to the Poi Boys are Girls Thing

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dj_sacrific3
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Posted:they look awesome. how much are you selling these baby's for and are they rechargeable or use AA batteries?



I had an idea earlier today with homemade leds for spinning. If the only thing you can get hold of for a casing is too hard and you fear it may shatter if they smack together you could try coating the outside of the toy with a hot glue gun about 3cm thick. I'm hoping this will protect the leds as well as diffuse the light a bit and give the leds a softer glow.

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*HyperLight
BRONZE Member since Dec 2003

*HyperLight

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Location: Great Malvern [UK]

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Posted:Mike: No need to worry then. The outer casings will be rock solid and turning them on/off will be done via button presses.



Yakumo: Ta smile I was up until some ungodly hour this morning building new housings. I now have two pairs working (touch wood!). I'll try and get the button pressing working this afternoon, although I'm not overly optimistic on that front! Either way, I should just be able to send updated code to you across the web ...and yes, that means that one of these pairs is for your very own beta-testing pleasure (yourself, Sym and Chutney will be the lucky winners for the first three pairs of final-prototypes) biggrin



Dj: Not sure on the price yet; there's still a lot of things to be worked out!



I'm not too worried about them shattering - 3mm thick polycarbonate is very strong!

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Yakumo
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Posted:eek

wow


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Mr_Chutney
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Posted:Who says Christmas doesn't come early...

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Jon- you're a F***ing legend.


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Yakumo
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Posted:If not now, he certainly really will be soon enough biggrin

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Mireneye
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Posted:Whaa Jon.. I'm so excited about the Hyperlights.

I just hope it won't be to many months before I can get my hands on a pair myself cuz i'm buying a pair the moment they become avaliable for us peeps around the world..

It's just fantastic seeing the project coming to closing. I'll be waiting impatiently.

Best of luck!


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Yakumo
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Posted:Just in case anyone wondered, Jon's mk4's are awesome =)

As he said on Friday, it was great seeing peoples faces light up even as you walked around holding them let alone spinning.

the brylcreem cases worked pretty well, but I can't wait for the final parts smile

I really loved gayles socks, in general very impressed, but also especially after the old ripstop plasticy stuff.


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Sym
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Sym

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Posted: Written by: Yakumo


Just in case anyone wondered, Jon's mk4's are awesome



ditto

Although my brylcreem cases cracked, so it's ductaped up.

I can't wait for the buttons to work either!

Yay for hyperlights! biggrin


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Yakumo
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Posted:yeah, happened to us too they got taped up, not important tho, can't wait for the real cases to come out smile

jon assured me the switch will be working real soon too, should be simple, but sooooo useful, he really worked himself over making sure he'd be able to bring some to synergy, he really is a star!


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*HyperLight
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*HyperLight

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Location: Great Malvern [UK]

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Posted:*grin*

It was wicked to see people getting excited about my toys once again. I'll get those buttons working ASAP.. I'm sure it's just a minor glitch wink


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Mireneye
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Posted:I also wanna get excited! ( I guess I already am ). Is there any more recent video around, showcasing the Hyperlights ??

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