Hi! Happy Monday.
We’ll start with the pictures, then follow with a few words of explanation. Click any photo to enlarge.
The top right photo shows a prototype T3 DMX Node Bridge. All connectors are waterproof, circular and polarized. The internal circuit board and wiring is encased in waterproof resin, making the entire assembly very rugged. There are four connections for node output, one connection for power input, and a pair of parallel connectors for DMX in & through.
The production chassis is actually similar to the photo shown in the top left corner. The two flanged mounting ears allow for easy installation. The production chassis will also be clearly labeled, either with a silkscreened legend or with a reverse-printed lexan overlay.
Chassis size is about 4″ square.
A T3 controller is designed to drive up to 4 strings of 42 nodes. This neatly consumes (up to) an entire DMX universe and a 10A, 5V switching power supply.
The T3 includes an internal effects engine. It’s been designed to be very flexible and powerful. Operating modes (which can easily be changed using a simple PC utility program) include…
- Full discrete control of 168 nodes (4 strings of 42). Requires 510 DMX channels.
- Discrete control of 42 nodes on string #1. Data is copied to the remaining three strings, if installed. Requires 126 DMX channels.
- Discrete control of the first 7 nodes on string #1. Data is copied in groups of 7 to the remainder of the string, then to strings #2, #3 and #4 if installed. Requires 21 DMX channels.
- ‘Test Mode,’ which sweeps through each color and each node in quick succession.
- ‘Standalone Mode,’ which displays a preset effect (or, alternately, smoothly alternates between pre-chosen effects) at power up. No incoming DMX data is required.
The effects engine requires between 4 and 7 DMX channels. Using these channels, various effect types, speeds and color palettes may be chosen. The engine affords a great deal of flexibility and creativity in display design, without requiring hundreds or thousands of DMX control. Video clips of the engine in action will be posted soon.
Release date for the T3 controllers and the node strings is planned for May 15, 2010. Stay tuned!
– JEC & mrpackethead
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