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 Posted: Wed Jan 25th, 2017 12:39 pm
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Spotted a photo of a new BlueRail "module" on Facebook they're working on:



Must be for smaller scales such as HO and N, but I haven't seen anything on their actual website yet.  They did say it has more "capabilities" than the 1st module, but didn't specify.

This is ONLY the module, the board itself will be bigger.  The larger module on the left is on a board that's 28x59mm, no mention of how big the new entire board will be.

Might be good news for folks in the smaller scales, but I'm waiting for a larger amperage board for O.

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 Posted: Wed Jan 25th, 2017 03:24 pm
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I noticed the new module as well It is the bluetooth comms module plus onboard processor and memory. The DCC style connector is about the width of the larger board so if that is placed transversely at the edge of a new board that limits how small they can get.

Apart from that image their website has not been updated and apparently they still have not brought the capabilities of the Android App up to the level of the Ios one.

Maybe Bachmann are driving the development if they are supplying capital?

I have a couple of their boards but not in running locos and won't be even considering another purchase until the size is a lot smaller plus incorporation of battery voltage checking. Besides which I don't like the non tactile 'throttle'.



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 Posted: Wed Jan 25th, 2017 06:22 pm
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Dave,

And I'm waiting for a LARGER amp board LOL!!!

Tony Walsham's post about that tactile throttle sounded like a plan. maybe someone can make a tactile case with all the things we want so an Iphone/Ipad will snuggle up underneath it, so that all that would have to be developed is the actual case and not the electronics.

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What they show in the first post is just RIGADO's BMD-300 Bluetooth module 14x10x2mm³. If the remainder ( another processor + hardware ) to finally control motor and acessories doesn't shrink to fit, what's the issue?



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Bob.
A tactile case would involve a lot of tooling costs.
Mainly to cover all the variations in smart phones that are available.
A biggish investment before they even get to the market place.
As much as I like the idea, I doubt it will make the market place any time soon.

Perhaps this could be an opportunity for those capable of 3d printing.

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Howdy guys, please pardon my ignorance...but what is a "tactile case"? Is this just a smart phone thing or what?

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W C Greene wrote: Howdy guys, please pardon my ignorance...but what is a "tactile case"? Is this just a smart phone thing or what?

Woodie
Hi Woodie.You can read up on the idea http://www.freerails.com/view_topic.php?id=7479&forum_id=45  



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Tony,

I doubt Apple would be interested anyway, after all the work that's been put into making a touch/slide screen who's purpose was to make it so folks didn't have to push buttons.

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I don't think a tactile case is the solution but a small Bluetooth hand throttle might be. The Bluerail site has a video of a games controller being used via a mobile phone and if a small hand held version was available it would have the advantage of being compatible with any bluetooth device.



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Dave,

I think I have another post where I showed the Mad Catz bluetooth game controller I bought.

It was under $50 and works fine, there's a number of buttons on it that don't get used and some of the things you can set up on the BlueRail App aren't accessed from the controller.

I emailed Dave Rees about it but haven't heard back yet so i don't know if they're going to incorporate more functions on the controller or not. For now if I want to change a parameter I can do it on the Ipad App while using the game controller.

I would have rather put that $50 towards a tactile device made specifically for this.

Until they come out with a 3amp or greater board I'll continue to use Tony's RCS, Deltang-based gear.  It's easy to set up and works extremely well.  2 years now and ZERO problems (hope I didn't jinx myself!!!).

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