Edit 8/6/2012 : Programmer Wes Albert was kind enough to provide a demo video and several Crestron modules. Take a look here and let us know how they work for you…
This little guy has been for sale now for a couple years, with great success. It’s very popular with systems integrators who need simple, straightforward control of an entire DMX universe through a serial port. Our customers have connected it to everything from an iPad, standard AMX / Crestron controllers, custom-written software for Mac or PC platforms, and surely many other systems we’re not aware of. Its easy-to-parse, human-readable serial command set results in a very short learning curve and very stable operation.
We’re well beyond checking for firmware bugs* at this point – the system has been field-proven by many many customers.
But here’s where we need help.
This summer’s goal is to make the system even more user-friendly and powerful.
We’re what the IRS would classify as a ‘very small business’, and don’t have resources to tackle this alone. So we’re offering converter boxes to a select group of people.
What You Get
- One standalone RS232 to DMX engine
- One 9v DC adapter
- As much email and telephone tech support as it takes to make you happy
What We Want in Return
- As you can probably imagine, we just don’t have the time to buy / borrow / rent hardware and software to test against each and every major system out there.
- So, we’re looking for a complete ‘plugin’ or ‘module’ or whatever it’s called on your particular platform, which we can publish here on this site and share with other customers. Basically, you provide with us everything a brand-new customer – someone reasonably skilled in their trade, but new to using our gear – would need to get up-and-running, as quickly and painlessly as possible. Source code, screenshots with annotations, even short video clips would be much appreciated. Full credit for your work will be given, including links to your website and a quick company bio if you’d like some extra exposure.
Interested? Drop a quick note in the comments below. Include your email address (which will be sent to us, but not shared with anyone else). Please mention your platform of choice, as we certainly don’t know who all the big players are in this arena. We’re hoping to work first with integration systems which have fairly broad market penetration already.
This is a first-come, first served-per-system sort of project, probably. We can sneak five or maybe ten boxes out the door before the accountants start to gnash their teeth. If someone else has claimed your platform already, make your best case for why we should double down on free bits of $200 kit.
And of course, as people have a chance to program against their gear and submit results, we’ll post them in a helpful gallery on this site.
Note that comments submitted are read and moderated by an actual human being, so they may not appear immediately below.
Thanks for visiting our little corner of the Internet.
* New feature requests are always welcome, and existing gear may be easily and quickly updated in the field. We thrive on that sort of feedback. If there’s a function we’ve not considered which would make your life even easier, please let us know.
EDIT: As of June 13, 2012, we’ve got a group of several programmers working on different Crestron modules for this system. So no more freebies, sorry. However, if you’re familiar with a different automation platform, please let us know. Otherwise, keep an eye on this space, as we’re hoping to publish the finished modules within a week or two. Also, if you enter your name and email address in the top right corner of this page, you’ll receive automatic updates when new content is published here.