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  1. Here’s the best way Ive found to upgrade firmware using the new app.
  2. We are pleased to announce the Scorpius Gen II chip, the most advanced digital slot car chip ever, is now available for sale. Features: 16x12x1.8mm. Size 192.00sqmm Volume:345.6 cubic mm Motor drive:10A Bluetooth compatible: Yes App connect: Yes Chip type: Nordic nRF52832 (5x5mm) Range: 50 metre minimum Battery life: 3 months typical use. 2xAA Anti Collision: Yes Braid wires: 24AWG silicon Photo transistor wires: 26AWG Motor wires: 24AWG. Poly ethylene insulation. Motor compatibility: 5K to 50k motors may be used. Telemetry: Car ID. Lane ID Sector ID (31 sectors max) Lane change request status Driver name Motor drive PWM (0-100 in 1% increments) Brake drive PWM (0-100 in 1% increments). Update firmware: Use app to update firmware. Use controller menu to put car into DFU (program by app) mode. iOS in App Store now. Android Feb 2023 release. Weight: Without wires 0.7g With wires 1.7g Price $49.95AUD plus tax. Available in Webshop now.
  3. And last but not least, combined throttle, lane changer and car telemetry. Car ID Sector Lane Lane change request status Motor PWM 0-255 Braking PWM 0-255 Driver name. All the above are used by the race management software to accomplish a long list of functions.
  4. Bullet proof lapcounting too on channel 27.
  5. Ok so everytime a car passes over a lane changer the photo sensor in the car sees an infrared 3mm LED continuously broadcasting its ID in an upward direction. As the car passes over, even at extremely fast speeds, the car detects a code. It will be between 0 and 31. 1-31 are allocated for lane changers. So you can have up to 31 lane changers in a single track. This could be doubled if ever required. 0 is reserved for the lapcount ID. It also has a left and right lane code added in. Essentially the computer knows exactly what sector you are in as well as which lane at all times. Added to this is car and controller telemetry. The car collects all the telemetry from the lane changers, throttle and car and sends this to the PC at a rapid rate. All lane change requests are sent on channel 26. In the video you can see the Lane Brain on our loop is set to ID 12. You can see the car doing laps in my around 0.75 seconds, which is 7.6m/s or 27.5kmh. The car is an NSR Mosler with long can 25K motor. Why is it so important to send the correct sector? You see the race management software depends on knowing when the car enters pit lane, for speed detection. It also needs to know when your car has stopped in the correct bay so it can refuel or change tyres, change brake pads, or know when you’ve jumped the queue when a yellow flag event is happening. It also gives us sector timing. So yes a top shelf race management needs top shelf hardware to get the data where it is needed in real time. Only Scorpius has telemetry like it’s 1:1 counterparts. It’s fun and adds a whole new dimension to slot car racing. Here you can see the car report the correct LB ID time after time. ID 12. You can also see if there is a lane change request. It’s telling us it’s not in the left lane (N for no) and that it’s in the right lane but going straight, ie not changing lane.
  6. John sent me the programmer with programming jig today. Seeing the firmware is completed it’s now time to program then test hundreds of chips. Each chip will be individually checked for motor drive, brakes, lane change, telemetry and DFU. This production run sold out in a week but a new one is already being planned.
  7. Hey Gref, Second week in November.
  8. Hi Guys. App is now even faster.
  9. Here’s a few more install pics. Only 1.7mm high. No more cutting off drivers legs or modifying cockpits. Simple, straightforward install. Wires especially selected for the ultimate install. Don’t be fooled this tiny chip can run a 46k motor all day long at full speed. Weight is negligible. Scorpius: World innovators and leaders in digital slot car technologies.
  10. Hi Guys, Here it is the most advanced digital slot car decoder ever produced. Proudly Aussie invented and developed. We have ramped up testing protocols to ensure a robust product. As you know a lot of products are rushed to market and have ongoing issues for unfortunate end users. So apologies if it’s taking a bit longer. The car decoder is the hardest of all products to produce. Supply chain issues and production delays have sees our chip 4 months behind schedule. Here the Thunderslot with 46k Shark is doing a huge 41.4K h (11.5 m/s) where telemetry, Lane Brain detection and lane change is being tested at high speed. The average highest speed you’ll encounter in a digital track is 6.5km/h and we are testing at almost twice that to give headroom. 10,000 test laps takes just 84 min using our loop test track. We have diagnostic programs we have written for car telemetry and Lane Brain transmission. Both extremely handy. These tools along with the loop ensure the highest test standards in the industry. Boot loader and app updates work perfectly with no stress or headaches. We are at programming stage (loading completed firmware into chips using a custom made jig) which is slow. We normally get it done at the factory but that would have caused delays also. Once programmed and tested these will be shipped. All pre sold however we are ready to do another production run immediately to fulfil new order requests. The chip is here is drawing a huge 2.2A almost continuously without getting hot. Size is second to none and weight is 0.7g without wires making for an easy and unobtrusive install. Pre orders for our second production run on this are now open.
  11. Stage 3 install reset switch. Use Dremmel 1/4” barrel grinder to recess switch. Switch will fit within track thickness perfectly. Hot glue wires s as shown switch to track as shown. Next drill holes same as solenoid wires where shown in pic for liven flipper wires that goes to each flipper. Hot glue wires every 20mm. Next use 1/4” copper tape by Ventura to cover each flipper as shown. Run a strip over one side to bottom side as shown and solder wire to copper tape. I used silicone wire for the last 75mm as it’s flexible and won’t break after long use. Install the flipper and spring supplied as shown. No other system anywhere offers liven flipper. Stage 4 next.
  12. Stage 2. Install solenoids as shown then use some fine sandpaper and remove the almost invisible varnish of the wires by gently pulling the paper over the fine wire a few times. Use dremmel to make 2 holes for solenoid (paired) wires as shown. Study the Lane Brain wiring as shown. There’s power in. 4 lots of solenoid driver (paired) wires. However we only use half the wires due to the fact the Ninco LC use sprung flippers to return it. Theres 2 lots of Anti Collision beacons (LEDs) and 2 lots for lane changing. There’s also a liven flipper wire for each flipper. Firstly install the solenoid wires. Strip a good amount of insulation say 10mm and twist before soldering. Pass the wires thru the holes, solder, then stick wires to underside using tiny dabs of hot glue every 20mm as shown.
  13. Ok first step you’ll need a Ninco lane changer as shown, available at the moment from Professor Motor, a Scorpius Lane Brain, hot glue gun, sidecutters, solder and iron, dremmel, and small Phillips head screwdriver. The lane changer comes with solenoids but no electronics. Remove 2 track support webs using side cutters as shown, and hot glue the Lane Brain to the track as shown. Ensure you toughen up the glued area so the glue bonds. All hot glue can be perfectly removed later on both surfaces if required. See stage 2
  14. Hi Guys, Today I’ll be posting pics on how to install a Scorpius Lane Brain to a Ninco lane changer supplied by Professor Motor. Stay tuned. Auslot was down when I attempted this. I’ll get onto this in the weekend.
  15. Progress continues with final stages of firmware...
  16. Here’s the electronics and flipper assembly that fit into it. 3 interesting yet challenging projects to form one product..........
  17. Hi Guys, Heres the latest detailed prototype lane changer by Scorpius, tweaked by Mr Trax himself. It’s a CNC version of the hand routed prototypes made previously. Soon you will be able to buy these and install whatever electronics you wish. Any digital system actually except SCX. It will come in kit form late in 2022. All the wiring recesses, braid feeds, and pockets are neatly routed in place ready to go. The Ninco track pieces actually clip into place. More pics of that later. Rick
  18. Unfortunately Arc Pro only has a limited Bluetooth connection to app with 1.8 second delay with no compatible hardware for any aftermarket apps. If you’re a Scalextric fan you’re better off going back to the C7042 powerbase which has lots of aftermarket options including throttle and 4-5 RMS options which include pit stops. Arc Pro was specifically a step back from C7042 to reduce price and target the Christmas box set market. C7042 was helped along by 2 forum members during design and development stage and hence a more suitable product for those wanting to go next level.
  19. Pic 1: Worlds most advanced chip installed. Fits neatly in the recess of a Thunderslot motor pod. Pic 2: Programming jig completed.
  20. Hi Guys, New Scorpius 10A chip with Bluetooth connectivity, telemetry, powerful 10A drive circuit, anti collision and just 192sq.mm, (12.0x16.0) x1.83 the smallest and thinnest chip ever released.
  21. 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
  22. 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
  23. 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
  24. Scaleauto chassis looks like NSR/Thunderslot engineering styling.
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