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 Posted: Thu Jan 26th, 2017 05:41 pm
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In Japan there was a game for the Wii that simulated driving a train and came with its own controller.

Since Wii controllers use bluetooth perhaps it would be ideal?





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 Posted: Thu Jan 26th, 2017 06:16 pm
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There you go! Real trains are controlled with levers anyway. That's why I love my old stick transmitters (well, I'm a dinosaur).

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 Posted: Thu Jan 26th, 2017 08:32 pm
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Thanks Eric, I'm going to send that photo to Dave Rees at BlueRail!

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Just got this email from Dave Rees at BlueRail. Interesting developments and that consisting is impressive.
Hello from BlueRail Trains.A lot has happened since the last BlueRail communication. I will break the email up into a few a sections to cover all the news.BlueRail recently celebrated our 2nd anniversary of our relationship with Bachmann trains. We have been very happy with the success and growth of Bachmann's EZ App product. Along with making direct train control a reality for thousands of hobbyists, the product line has brought many new and younger users into the hobby. 60% of E-Z App users are under 35 years old, and 75% are under 45. It is important for the survival of the hobby to attract new users, and E-Z App has bucked the trend you may have heard about the direction of the hobby. BlueRail has been hard at work developing the ability to trigger onboard sound and lighting, appealing more to the serious hobbyist. BlueRail is now free to collaborate with other manufacturers (decoder, loco etc) opening new doors for the development of bluetooth train control. We are very excited about the prospect of merging the convenience and ease-of-use of bluetooth with the high-quality sound, lighting and accessory control you've come to expect from DCC. BlueRail plugin products may now be sold through hobby shops and retailers (which we couldn't do before) so we're very pleased about that as well.After much hard work BlueRail has added consisting and speed-matching capability. Speed matching has always been a hassle in DCC.  The speed matching we’ve added gives you a nice interface that’s intuitive (and almost fun to use) so anyone can accurately speed-match their locos in minutes as you run them on your layout. See video below:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_4qJFlNt95YSpeed-matching/consisting has been added to our iOS app, and will be ported to Android.
If you are curious why we develop on iOS before Android, here is an article on the topic:
http://bluerailtrains.com/2017/02/12/why-do-developers-release-ios-versions-before-android/To
We are striving to address the most requested items from our users, which are:
-Narrower/smaller solution
-Support onboard sound
-Support higher amperage
If you haven’t had a look at the newest BT module, it is excitingly small:
http://bluerailtrains.com/img/BMD-350_Compare.jpg
We are eager to migrate to the smaller module.To address onboard sound, BlueRail is adding a new aspect to our protocol which allows our modules to send/receive DCC. This adds a new service to our protocol that allows our firmware to communicate (bi-directionally) with DCC decoders, and lets us tap into existing sound libraries and lighting animations of great decoder companies, freeing BlueRail up to focus on interface and new functionality. So you can finally throw away that PDF explaining how to program CVs.This opens the door to a number of possible products. To that end BlueRail has created a working prototype that embraces all of these “most requested items”. The prototype uses a small form factor to control/edit DCC decoders via the BlueRail app, with anticipation for higher amperage.
Variations of this new prototype will be released as either BlueRail products or collaborations with other companies. I do not have a firm date on BlueRail’s next plugin board, but will have specifics on this in my next email.In other news, here is a recent article/video on how to add BlueRail to your AC 3-Rail loco (special thanks to Bob Walker):
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tiWBG_vbKvwAlso, DeadRail battery users please note the DeadRail kit now let’s you pick between 4 different batteries (250mA, 400mA, 500mA, 850mA). Read this article for more detail:
http://bluerailtrains.com/2016/06/08/charging-batteries-from-bluerail-trains/#batterysizesIn developing all this software, hardware and firmware, BlueRail remains a very small US-based team of guys and we very much appreciate your support. We are excited about where our developments are taking us, as it allows BlueRail to be a collaborator (rather than an island) in putting a better interface on train control. Please don’t repost BlueRail emails on the Bachmann forum. Thank you for your interest in train technology.Our shipping department will be closed Tues March 28 - Sun April 2 (opening again Mon April 3).
David Rees
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OK guys, the above post comes pretty close to selling a product which is not cool here. Maybe a link to a site would be better? Of course, nobody listens to me anyway.

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 Posted: Sun Mar 19th, 2017 03:26 pm
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Is the product not cool or was it me posting the content of the email that was not cool. The email is already in the public domain as it was published on RMWEB yesterday by someone else and anyway was sent by bluerail to all interested parties for information.

I am not promoting Bluetooth products and would not consider them as a viable alternative to the product I use in upwards of 40 locomotives.
here is a link
http://bluerailtrains.com/latest-news/

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Dave, the posting about :This is $40.00, That is $25.00, etc... APPEARS to be offering something for sale, maybe a "disclaimer" would be in order. These non-selling ideas come from the original list owners who "established" the policy years ago. Just maybe we now need a "PRODUCTS FOR SALE" section. I believe that the old guys were afraid that someone buying something that was touted here and got screwed could cause problems..."don't get on FR, they are crooks" and other bad reviews, etc.....
I am not the fellow who would set up a sale table, the movers & shakers here are the ones. Hell, nobody wanted to hear about stinkin' radio control until I bugged them enough that they started this venue to shut me up.
If the true honchos OK the idea, it should be fine.
Just realize that I am only following orders.

To quote the folks in Israel about following orders-"never again!"
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 Posted: Sun Mar 19th, 2017 05:35 pm
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OK Woodie, an applogy is needed, I forgot all about the terms and conditions. I have removed the prices etc from the email extract.

That's a good point about recommending something. I was always being asked to recommend a desktop computer or laptop and refused.



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Dave, no applogy is needed. I have been watching another website where money is being raised for someone's large dioramas, which need to find homes. This is an unfortunate situation since the builder just wants the pieces to be appreciated and knows that he will never get what they are worth. He isn't raising the funds himself, but I wonder what this outcome will be. I am glad that I am insulated down here in the Heart of Texas.

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