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Forums > Technical Discussion > HyperLight Update - 27-04-2007

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*HyperLight
BRONZE Member since Dec 2003

*HyperLight

old hand
Location: Great Malvern [UK]

Total posts: 1174
Posted:Seems like a while since I've posted a progress update so here we go! Whilst things have been outwardly rather quiet, I've been working hard behind closed doors:

The electronics have had some major work on them and are now very robust as a result. I've got the final prototype boards on order and I'm fairly certain they contain to the last remaining electrical issue: Currently, if you smack a pair together fairly hard, the batteries will lose their connection for a split second which will reset the poi to the beginning of the first sequence. I'm almost certain the changes I've made will fix the problem once and for all biggrin
The language to actually tell the poi what colours to change to has been put through it's paces a bit more which has ironed out a few bugs.
I've made some significant progress on the GUI (the bit of software you run on your computer to tell the poi what colours you want). It needs some more work, but the ocre is there and with a bit of luck should work on Windows, Linux and the MAC!
I've fixed the button pressing properly now so you can select different sequences, reset the current sequence and hold it at the beginning, turn them on/off etc. etc.
I've made a fairly crude mold to try and make some prototype housings... which worked rather well. The first test used plastic drainpipe which is a bit too flexible to be useful. The next step will be to do the same again with Poly Carbonate (one of the toughest plastics available). If that works, I'll make a better mould which won't look as pretty as the final balls I want to make, but will be otherwise identical to the final product!
After talking to lots of you, the general consensus seemed to be that the AAA's made the poi on the light side and that a battery life of ~1-1.5 hours was on the low side. So now we're shifting towards using AA's. I've not run any proper tests yet, but the numbers suggest they will last for ~2-3 hours on the AA's and weigh a bit more too smile
I've started investigating how we'd go about building the technology into a staff!


I'm certain we'll have these out and on the shelves by October, and fairly confident that they'll actually be ready to sell a few months before that! I don't want to get people's hopes too high, but how cool would it be if we had something ready in time for PLAY? wink


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Motley
GOLD Member since Oct 2005

Motley

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Location: UK

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Posted: Written by: *HyperLight


It was fantastic to see so many people looking so interested in the toys at Play; I promise I'll try and get a signup list on the website soon! redface



PM me when you do biggrin biggrin

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Motley


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jo_rhymes
SILVER Member since Apr 2005

jo_rhymes

Momma Bear
Location: Telford, Shrops

Total posts: 4525
Posted:same here!!

Hoppers are angels who lift us to our feet when our wings have trouble remembering how to fly.

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Motley
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Motley

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Location: UK

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Posted:ubblol Were like vultures circling a kill, just waiting til its time to swoop in and take a bite biggrin biggrin

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Mynci
BRONZE Member since Apr 2005

Mynci

Macaque of all trades
Location: wombling free...

Total posts: 8737
Posted:I'll be waiting a few years for jon to have amassed a fortune from hoppers so he can develop a staff wink then he can amass a fortune from even MORE hoppers ubblol

A couple of balls short of a full cascade... or maybe a few cards short of a deck... we'll see how this all fans out.

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TheBovrilMonkey
SILVER Member since Sep 2001

TheBovrilMonkey

Liquid Cow
Location: High Wycombe, England

Total posts: 2629
Posted:I don't want any hyperlights - I think they're rubbish.

Not really, I just wanted to see what it felt like to be in such a small minority for a couple of seconds wink.


But there's no sense crying over every mistake. You just keep on trying till you run out of cake.

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Fire_Moose
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Fire_Moose

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Location: Scottsdale, AZ

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Posted: Written by: Mynci


I'll be waiting a few years for jon to have amassed a fortune from hoppers so he can develop a staff wink then he can amass a fortune from even MORE hoppers ubblol



agreed


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*HyperLight
BRONZE Member since Dec 2003

*HyperLight

old hand
Location: Great Malvern [UK]

Total posts: 1174
Posted:I agree... woah, that really is weird.

I feel dirty now... *goes off to spin some hyperlights* ...


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Mynci
BRONZE Member since Apr 2005

Mynci

Macaque of all trades
Location: wombling free...

Total posts: 8737
Posted:*sits back to wait now that's all sorted* biggrin well done dude they really are very nice poi

A couple of balls short of a full cascade... or maybe a few cards short of a deck... we'll see how this all fans out.

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Invader Xan
SILVER Member since May 2005

Invader Xan

Your friendly neighbourhood mad scientist
Location: Over the hills and far away

Total posts: 479
Posted: Written by: *HyperLight

*goes off to spin some hyperlights* ...



Oh, now you're just taunting. tongue


"Love the art in yourself and not yourself in the art."
--Konstantin Stanislavisky

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Skulduggery
GOLD Member since Aug 2004

Skulduggery

Pirate Pixie Crew Captain
Location: Wales

Total posts: 8428
Posted:Mynci you'll have to wait in the queue, Jon's working on a hoop for me next tongue

*crosses fingers hoping it's true*


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Mynci
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Mynci

Macaque of all trades
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Posted:i've already seen quite a nice LED hoop do you want me to find out details? I know a few people with them

A couple of balls short of a full cascade... or maybe a few cards short of a deck... we'll see how this all fans out.

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Skulduggery
GOLD Member since Aug 2004

Skulduggery

Pirate Pixie Crew Captain
Location: Wales

Total posts: 8428
Posted:If it's a psi hoop I've already seen them, but I think Jon could make prettier ones smile

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Invader Xan
SILVER Member since May 2005

Invader Xan

Your friendly neighbourhood mad scientist
Location: Over the hills and far away

Total posts: 479
Posted:Two words. Contact Hyperball... wink

"Love the art in yourself and not yourself in the art."
--Konstantin Stanislavisky

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Felixwah
SILVER Member since Sep 2005

Felixwah

journeyman
Location: Norhwich/Manchester

Total posts: 81
Posted:yeh man i told frasier that has to be the next project lol!!! i think i full on hyperlight range is gonna have to be made wink

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Invader Xan
SILVER Member since May 2005

Invader Xan

Your friendly neighbourhood mad scientist
Location: Over the hills and far away

Total posts: 479
Posted:I'm thinking hyperchucks could be pretty cool too... biggrin

"Love the art in yourself and not yourself in the art."
--Konstantin Stanislavisky

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UCOF
SILVER Member since Apr 2002

UCOF

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Total posts: 15414
Posted:Hyper pogo stick?
Hyperchess?
Hypercutlery?

Ive already suggested those havent I? ubblol


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Invader Xan
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Invader Xan

Your friendly neighbourhood mad scientist
Location: Over the hills and far away

Total posts: 479
Posted:ubblol You know Hyperchess would be cool!

"Love the art in yourself and not yourself in the art."
--Konstantin Stanislavisky

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Fire_Moose
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Fire_Moose

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Location: Scottsdale, AZ

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Posted:I'm really excited for the HyperWater, and Hypertires for my truck. is there a planned date for those? The prototypes look amazing.

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*HyperLight
BRONZE Member since Dec 2003

*HyperLight

old hand
Location: Great Malvern [UK]

Total posts: 1174
Posted:Hmmm.. they seem distracted by shiny things.... time to slip off for a two week holiday in a remote area of Scotland before they remember that the poi aren't even ready yet wink

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Invader Xan
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Invader Xan

Your friendly neighbourhood mad scientist
Location: Over the hills and far away

Total posts: 479
Posted:Who me? Distracted? By shiny things? :P

"Love the art in yourself and not yourself in the art."
--Konstantin Stanislavisky

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Geeza
GOLD Member since May 2006

Geeza

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Location: Leeds

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Posted:These look good enough for me for 40. ready by xmas 2006 aswell!

http://www.homeofpoi.com/gallery/data_secure_display/500/6412HyperLights_LongSmoothRGBFade.jpg

Id love to see yuta or nick demo'ing a set of them, just like a quick 2 minute vid would probably be enough to sell a boat load i reckon when you do release them, hopefully very soon. smile


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Skulduggery
GOLD Member since Aug 2004

Skulduggery

Pirate Pixie Crew Captain
Location: Wales

Total posts: 8428
Posted:Dear God, will you people stop nagging the poor man. He has told you over and over again the date for release is hoped to be October, but as with any new product no one can ever give a 100% guarantee of a release date because delays and changes are bound to happen.

So, to the more important questions Jon, when are you going to make me a hoop? Will it be ready before Christmas? Can I have it in different sizes? Will there be a demonstration video out soon? Will you be making it collapsible for ease of transport? wink tongue

I hope you have a fantabulous well earned holiday! hug


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Yakumo
SILVER Member since May 2006

Yakumo

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Location: Oxfordshire

Total posts: 1237
Posted:Nick asked to have a spin with them at PLaY during the day when I was talking to him, and then caught Jon in the evening when it was time to light them up.. and I missed it frown

Ah well, Jon's got lots of things planned wink


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Skulduggery
GOLD Member since Aug 2004

Skulduggery

Pirate Pixie Crew Captain
Location: Wales

Total posts: 8428
Posted:Dear God, will you people stop nagging the poor man. He has told you over and over again the date for release is hoped to be October, but as with any new product no one can ever give a 100% guarantee of a release date because delays and changes are bound to happen.

So, to the more important questions Jon, when are you going to make me a hoop? Will it be ready before Christmas? Can I have it in different sizes? Will there be a demonstration video out soon? Will you be making it collapsible for ease of trans


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Lizzybeth

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Location: midlands!

Total posts: 272
Posted:oh dear...the more i see them the more i want some...this is a problem. i will either have to go into hidding so as to stay away from them, or start saving....

if i could be a busy busy bee...

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fake teeth and glue
BRONZE Member since Aug 2003

fake teeth and glue

Checking who's online, watching you!
Location: somewhere

Total posts: 1972
Posted:so, when exactly are they out?...now?...oh do tell..

you just lost the game!!!!!! !!!!!

knowledge is power, power corupts, study hard, become evil.

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Birgit
BRONZE Member since Jan 2005

Birgit

had her carpal tunnel surgery already thanks v much
Location: Edinburgh

Total posts: 4145
Posted:Just wanted to say thanks a lot and have the greatest hug in the world (something like this but way bigger hug) for letting me play with them at PLAY, I'll definitely become a customer once they're for sale biggrin

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Geeza
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Geeza

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Posted: Written by: fake teeth and glue



so, when exactly are they out?...now?...oh do tell..







Not sure. The more i search the more videos and pictures i find of people using them.



Suppose to be october i think but i reckon theres a fair few sets ready now



(edit -oops quoted the wrong person. my bad

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Yakumo
SILVER Member since May 2006

Yakumo

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Location: Oxfordshire

Total posts: 1237
Posted:Both in this thread and on the official website, October is the current aim, as I said earlier here it's what Jon's been saying for quite some time now so I'm sure he has good reason to as he knows what the obstacles were.



The only sets 'ready now' are the prototype sets Hyperlight has and a couple of select testers, They are in placeholder casings, and have other disadvantages not in the final product. Videos and pictures kicking about are all from these prototypes being showcased at various events smile


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Basstones
GOLD Member since Mar 2006

Basstones

Do you do the poiz?
Location: Brisbane

Total posts: 530
Posted:I have already put aside some cash for these so I will happily wait as long as we need to biggrin You have certainly put in a massive amount of effort in making these so whats a few more months weavesmiley

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

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