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.
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.
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?