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  1. Not really, Scorpius is a high end system, not for the feint hearted. There's no point lowering the specification to match other brands, and Scorpius users are typically the type who don't mind paying a fraction extra for massive increased functionality. And I can guarantee you for any brand to have 24 car track telemetry, 24 car car telemetry and 24 car simulations 3 perhaps more dongles will be required. There will also be discounts for those buying 3 dongles. Of course if you just want simulations 2 dongles will be fine. Seeing we have options for 3 levels of excitement based on 1, 2 or 3 dongles we have covered all bases. Rick
  2. Nice try but as I've explained twice you’re missing 2 massively important aspects. Scorpius has incredible TRACK TELEMETRY. Scorpius has incredible CAR TELEMETRY........... which together give 11 huge functions as described in the post above. Please compare apples to apples to give a clear and fair assessment for our readers. Sure we can do 8 cars with one dongle. But wait its NOT an 8 car system. If I want that I can simply use Carrera or Scalextric for that. If a particular brand A needs a dongle for 8 cars with simulations, its obvious it will need 3 dongles for 20-24 cars. Now throw in telemetry (24 cars x 100 updates per second x 17 bit message, 0r 40,800 bits per second) add an extra dongle. Thankyou also for the admission that firmware in the dongle is lacking. I can also guarantee you it is not the limitation of the race software or its engineers. Team RCS will fully agree with me on this one. Rick
  3. Hi Greg Thanks for your input. Such rational discussion can only be good for the industry and especially Scorpius. And sure you may not feel the need but most others do. Its all about the customer user experience, not one individual right? As we all know it is not a limitation but just the opposite, an excellent advantage made possible by simple yet clever architectural design, with the addition of only firmware and software to take the system past the norm, ie a car being able to go, stop, count laps, change lanes and have a wireless controller and app. All those basic concepts are available on 2 large commercial companies systems right now. If that's all the functionality you require then you can buy those systems from Toys R Us online today for quite cheap pricing. I'm still struggling to see also how such advanced functionality is inconvenient for large competition races. Fact is it isn't. Take any advanced 1:1 car, examples are AWD, clever traction control, advanced electronics, sensors, wireless feedback are not considered as "inconvenient" or a "limitation". The answer is certainly not. Agreed? I guess it if cost extra, employed additional hardware or wiring, took longer to install or made the system unreliable, ala bootloaders, I would definitely give it some weight. But none of those factors exist in this discussion. As you know the new trend is Wireless DC. Currently 3 companies use this architecture. And why wouldn't you? These 3 systems all employ these hardware aspects as follows: 1. All 3 use LEDS to transmit IDs. 2. All 3 use photo transistors. 3. All 3 use 2.4GHz wireless comms. 4. All 3 employ firmware. (of course). 5. All 3 employ software. (of course). Two companies have the LED (for ID) in the car and the photo transistor (photo sensor) in the track. Scorpius uses the opposite, the LED (for IDs) in the track and the photo sensor in the car. Different manufacturers choose different ways to utilise the various hard/firm/software to achieve their end goals. Scorpius simply utilised the above in a very different wat to give a vastly different result..... that's simply cost effective INNOVATION. Each lane changer has the LED pointing upwards just before every lane changer. Every lane changer has 2 way wireless communications. The track can talk to the car or PC, the car can talk to the PC or track. Note there is no LIMITATION or INCONVENIENCE here, I think you and others will agree. Now lets look at the advantages of using the Scorpius architecture and why it is only good for enthusiasts and the industry as a whole once firmware and software is tweaked: 1: Sector timing as standard. 2. Car location as standard. This includes not only sector but also which lane. 3. A tool to recalibrate ghost and pace cars at EVERY lane changer. 4. Pit lane identification. 5. Pit bay identification. 6. Pace car location when parked. 7. Safety car location when parked. 8. Ability to operate a slot car with Artificial Intelligence (ala Scorpius Smart Car). 9. Anti collision. 10. Very cool autonomous Pace and Safety cars currently under development by Team Scorpius. 11. Other developments currently under wrap. I bet you could have all this tomorrow? Am I right. Who wouldn't? Everyone does. Of course you need the firmware skills and the best slot car software engineers. Do you still maintain this technology simply using LEDs and photo transistors is limiting or inconvenient Greg? I'm pretty sure you're by yourself on this one. Seeing the larger competitions all use pits and fuel the above feature list fits like a glove. Le Mans has sector timing, why wouldn't you want it on a big race...... a clever team can identify their weak sectors and change gearing, tyres, race lines etc to optimise their times just like 1:1. Rick
  4. Scaleauto chassis looks like NSR/Thunderslot engineering styling.
  5. BIG WEEK FOR TEAM SCORPIUS Wow its been a huge week for the team: Hardware: Boards being manufactured. Unloaded boards completed by 28/09/2021 ready for loading. Firmware: Bootloader being added for Wireless Colour Touchscreen Light Gantry. Software: Huge new feature for safety cars started. Appware: Work starts on converting Android to iOS. 3D design: Flipper assembly tweaked. 3D printing: 3D printing prototypes begin. Website: Being tweaked for UK distribution. The team is spread out across the globe. A truly international talented team, all top of their field. One very proud Aussie Rick
  6. IN CAR FUNCTIONS HERE WE COME Hi Guys. How to make a slot car do advanced functions? Currently race management systems take care of special functions like record/playback, Scorpius’ artificial intelligence used in our Smart Car function, simulations and more. The exception is Carreras safety car function which is done in car. With Maximus just about to hit the market with its powerful nRF52840_CKAA chip with 1MB memory we can start planning in car functionality. Ive just asked John to comment on recording/playback in car. Yes of course possible he answered as long as we employ Wear Levelling. (Google it). This will open up a whole new world of exciting possibilities. Wow very cool. I’m excited. What functionality or features can people think of? I can think of quite a few straight off the bat. But what about you? What would you like to see added in to enhance an already great experience? Rick
  7. Hi Shift, Thanks for your input. I guess every type of racing can have different rules. In V8 Supercars here in Oz pit entry is never closed. Everyone tries to pit fit fuel straight away, if required of course. Laps are still counted. It will all be configurable anyway. Rick
  8. RMS specification chat continues: How to guide safety car back to pits? .....Don’t forget we have PEARL. Programmable Electronically Activated Raceline in which lane change preferences are stored in the cars decoder which can be over ridden by the driver or PC just by pressing the LC button on controller. The car can be easily programmed to come back to pit lane, then pit bay, I’ve done it. To keep car out of pits until called is easy. Let’s say we have pit mode and non pit mode. In pit mode PEARL is the default most of the time. To recall car to ANY PRECISE LOCATION is done by car not RMS and we have that NOW. To keep the car on the track simply activate the LC button when ever it sees LB X. If you need to switch lanes more than once you simply activate the LC button at LB X and Y. You can go one step further abs activate it at X,Y and Z. You could do this at every LB actually to guarantee success on the first lap around after a request to do so. So we simply need to trigger cars LC function. That’s it. How difficult would that be Dave? So 2 modes: Stay on track: do nothing, the car does it all. Return to pits: Activate LC button (for pace, safety cars) For humans it’s up to the. In real life if a driver decides to go rogue and not return to pits there’s nothing can be done. Rick
  9. The only concern is in certain motorsports you can pit during yellow flag. Scorpius philosophy is that all functions should be able to imitate various 1:1 motor sports as much as possible where practical.
  10. 3D PRINT SCORPIUS FLIPPER ASSEMBLY Hi Guys, I just received the tweaked files Steve our 3D CAD guy. I’ve just emailed them off to my 3D print guy in Melbourne. They should arrive in 2 weeks. Pics below showing a double unit to suit tracks with 90mm centres ie Ninco and Policar. Simply snap in 2 to get a single left and a single right flipper assembly. Rick
  11. Hi Shift, Taken onboard. I like the idea of herding cars into lane 2. Top one. I’ll pass it on. Cheers Rick https://youtu.be/g3cQ9jpB-7s
  12. iOS VERSUS ANDROID FOR SCORPIUS APPS Hi Guys, iOS versus Android, the age old debate. Which is better? Especially for digital slot cars? The answer is they both work perfectly. They are equally as easy to use for wireless upgrades to products using Bluetooth. Personally I use Apple products? Why? They were first to market and I was an early adapter. They led the way simply because they were more innovative and simply better than MicroSoft (Unfortunate name if you think about it ). Jokes aside Android out sells Apple 5 to 1 worldwide. But there is a reason for this. Only Apple uses iOS but 1,300 companies use Android. What’s the big difference for me is the user experience, for me I find iOS far more self intuitive than Android. Just an observation. As I said I use both. Ive had another full on wireless device app written for a non slot related product I built using first in iOS then Android. Both worked 100% immediately with no bug fixing required. The tech is reasonably easy with most 2nd year uni students bri f able to nail it. Currently Scorpius uses Android to load firmware updates into our Gen II decoder , our Nano decoder and soon our new Maximus decoder. Only yesterday I spoke to Team Scorpius app guru Faruk and commissioned him to duplicate our new app in iOS in preparation for the release of Maximus decoder in late November/early December 2021. I already know it will work as we are lifting the code straight off the other non slot related app I had built recently which works 100%. At Scorpius we won’t discriminate Apple or Android users or tell you to change devices due to poor firmware. That’s our promise. A hobby should be fun and not stressful. Modern technology is daunting for some of us and the addition of bugs can make the experience tiring and time consuming. The last thing you want to hear is when people spend more time attempting loading firmware than racing, and then give up after investing a substantial amount of money, often selling it back into market at a substantial financial loss. That’s bad for the hobby many are trying to build up. A hobby must be relaxing and fun, not stressful. So in a week or 3 we will see our iOS app for Scorpius along side our Android app. Both will work perfectly or your money cheerfully and immediately refunded. That’s our promise, like all our products. Interestingly enough no one had ever exercised that option, ever. You work hard for your coin, not headaches. Heres a re-run of our recently developed Scorpius app powered by Android. Enjoy guys. I’m loving’ it. https://youtu.be/g3cQ9jpB-7s
  13. Reply from team member: QUOTE 1. My opinion. If car B passes car A at 2 consecutive LBs the car is black flagged. It has one opportunity plus one additional lap in case the car can’t get into the correct lane to see pit entry, to serve the penalty. If not the system takes over control of car and brings it back to pits and turns engine off. A will naturally be ahead of B. 2. They can re-join anywhere. Dont forget if they pit they are losing time and position whilst the procession finishes naturally as per 1:1. As far as anti collision is concerned human driven cars will rely on the human to enter naturally. However if a pace or safety car tries to re-enter track it can only do so when there is no traffic detected in Lane X, LB N. N will be the LB between pit entry and pit exit. Lane X will be the the lane that can lead into pits if selected to do so. If no Lane changer is there a LB can be installed so as to just use the LB LED as a marker. The marker is just an LB without the actual lane change bits. If a car is approaching in lane X on the main track the safety or pace car must stop and wait, again in another designated zone C, again defined using the LEDS on an LB to create a stop zone D. Basically it should be as per 1:1 racing. When a safety car joins the track the race positions of the cars will not alter unless by mistake by a human. A car that drove past just before the safety car got a chance to get in front can race at full speed until he eventually “catches up” as per 1:1. If you know anything about safety cars it’s not always fair and there is an element of luck involved. Races can be won or lost on the luck of safety cars. 3. Sounds reasonable. Track call can be: Automated using car telemetry. Activated by nominated drivers acting as track officials. Ticking a box next to drivers mane determines who is a track marshal. The same driver become Marshall who instigated the track call can be the only one (configurable) who restarts the race by directing safety car back to pits. UNQUOTE
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