Ah, we went through a lot of research & sourcing to get the parts used in the Planted+ Elite to hit our targeted price. Sound will surely go past our break point
. Though, as time goes on I'm sure prices will decrease and the features you speak of will be a norm.
Also, saw your cave/fairy vid, that was as cool as the lightening. Now only if we could incorporate this tech safely into fish tanks ..hmmm...
I wonder if cost effective way to increase features would be to include an android based mini pc inside the fixture, or as an outside module (I don't know if they have a built in speaker). These sell retail for 35-100+ with wifi, and I assume the costs to a manufacturer including the tech in their product would be cheaper.
So if this tech was part of the fixture they could plug it into a tv/monitor and access an app specially made for finnex lights, basically making something equivalent to the bluefish controller, but with increased capability to add/use more apps, and if the mini pc doesn't have a speaker you could build one into the light fixture, or go with the bluefish trick of having the app communicate with a 3rd party Bluetooth speaker, or maybe pair with a phone and have the sound play there. The phone might double as a display possibly, or maybe just plug it into the pc to interface with it. When there are more Phone/tablet to control another phone/tablet without needing to be rooted, that will open up a lot of possibilities.
I don't know... I'm just spit ballin here
, but seems like it might be possible to get the same if not more functionality in these fixtures with FX if they used android tech, rather then the manufactures starting from scratch. We're starting to see apps/phones used in conjunction with controllers, but maybe the way to go is just to build the controller with android tech into the fixture itself and have that interface with a pc or phone
Basically here is what I want...
Access my fixture(s) through my phone and/or PC, set up 24 hour automated light schedule that includes pre set times sunrise/sunset/moonlight, and for storm events/cloud cover, and
the option for random storm events/cloud cover (the ability to mimic real weather in a location is nice like some controllers do , but I could live without it if I got this other stuff) ...
The ability to load my own sound files into the device to sync with storm events or even sunrise/sunset and moonlight modes. I could have it play a song in the morning, nature sounds, something trippy or spooky at night (a wolf's howl?), etc..etc.. So in effect build one of those sound therapy/sound fx machines into the light and the ability to sync those various sound files with various lighting events throughout the day.
Seems like all this would be fairly easily achievable with an android mini pc built into the fixture, an app, and someone way to interface with it all.
Then perhaps the next step is to take the weather simulation fx a bit further, and/or add more aesthetic Fx by utilizing individually addressable leds or programmable arrays of leds... Something like this...
(Think true dynamic cloud cover Fx, and multi positional lightning strikes)
...Then we add Quasi holographic lightning, fairies and fireflies, maybe a northern lights effect, and well hell why not a Dragon too!