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 Posted: Thu Jan 14th, 2016 02:08 pm
   
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George W wrote:
Plus I'd bet it won't be to long before someone makes a more traditional style controller for the Blue tooth system for those that like the tactile feel.

Sure, technically, it is possible and I did it myself. But then you end up again with the dedicated controller that cancels the so-called 'new freedom in RR-control' i.e. just load an app on your smartphone and save $$$ by not being obliged to use a specialized hand-held with knobs and buttons. The pitfall only is that operating a model rr by concentrating on the operations on the layout requires just that.



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I'll keep my Deltang radio gear thanks. :)



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 Posted: Tue Jan 19th, 2016 07:01 am
   
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Onboard sound for $10!

https://youtu.be/lB4HT-_9jFQ

all in a 1" square cube

now all that is needed is an Android App, much smaller board and a tactile throttle!



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 Posted: Tue Jan 19th, 2016 08:24 am
   
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Dave,
I bought one of those a couple of weeks ago, to try out on my O-scale engines.

I sat it on top of the tender, just to see how loud it was (the cube has a volume setting plus the volume setting on my iPad), found a Youtube video with some train sounds, and proceeded down the track.

It was just loud enough to overcome the noise my train was making as it went around the layout, maybe a larger cube speaker is in order for O-scale.

I also downloaded the Bachmann app, and even though I don't have any engines set up for it I could still play the horn (or was it bell?) by pushing the appropriate button on the screen.

I don't know if that's telling me all the sounds will come from the app/handheld device or if the engine itself still needs a sound module. Wouldn't that be sweet if you could select an engine and all the sounds would come out of the handheld device? All that would be needed is a control module for movement and lights, and a speaker to broadcast the sounds.

I can even see putting a speaker inside the boiler, especially in O-scale.

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 Posted: Tue Jan 19th, 2016 09:17 am
   
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I think the sounds are stored on the app/handheld device and they appear to be different for the two models on the video. It seems you just redirect the sounds to the cube and they are played there. I would think you can only have one sound type playing so if you have 2 or more locos running you can only have sound from the one selected?

Just how inexpensive can a suitable android device be? Apple are too expensive. For small numbers of active locos you might be able to use a different handheld for each one?



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 Posted: Tue Jan 19th, 2016 11:09 am
   
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Sure are a lot of people finding fault with this system before even trying it out.



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 Posted: Tue Jan 19th, 2016 11:14 am
   
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Not me, I find it intriguing even if it is currently not suitable for UK outline.



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 Posted: Tue Jan 19th, 2016 11:33 am
   
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Me neither Pete :thumb:

Anything not in the current "norm" is fine with me. of course if it catches on then it will be "the norm" :moose:

I was looking at Tony Walsham's RCS site and notice a number of his products are "SOLD OUT". Not sure what that means (guess I'll have to ask Tony :brill:), but hope it's not the end of the line.

Pete, do you also post on the OGR forum? There's talk about all this over there too, only more naysayers :bang:

(just how many emoticons can a person use in a post?!?!?!)

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 Posted: Tue Jan 19th, 2016 03:44 pm
   
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Hello Bob.
Rather than derail this thread with another subject, drop me a line and I will explain what is going on.
Or you might like to start another subject thread.

Last edited on Tue Jan 19th, 2016 04:30 pm by Tony Walsham



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 Posted: Tue Jan 19th, 2016 05:53 pm
   
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Will do Tony.

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