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|05-21-2014 02:30 AM|
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!
|05-20-2014 11:45 PM|
oh and that stuff will totally work in an aquarium (the cave would require some extra waterproofing for some elements which along with the video tech may make it to expensive to put into production. I don't know, is there a high end aquarium ornament market out there? ... but the lightning fx is ready since it works a bit differently. I'll have to set up a small lightning
aquarium to post to the forum for you guys. The dartfrog/vivarium hobby stole me away from the freshwater aquarium hobby just as I was getting into planted tanks
P.S. Looking forward to this new finnex light, sounds very promising for my purposes. Maybe I'll be able to send some vivarium hobby business your way and/or do a vivarium and video review once I get my hands on one.
|05-20-2014 08:46 PM|
Originally Posted by Dmarksvr View Post
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...
|05-20-2014 02:07 AM|
All these lights are coming out with fx, but no sound ...I think a plug and play system with sound seems like the next logical step for the makers of such things
P.S. I also made qausi holographic fairy video cave Decoration, if you'd like to see it, but it is a little further off topic then the lightning, so I didn't wanna muck up your thread any more
|05-19-2014 08:42 PM|
Originally Posted by Dmarksvr View Post
|05-19-2014 08:41 PM|
Originally Posted by AnotherHobby View Post
|05-17-2014 02:30 PM|
Originally Posted by uvafred13 View Post
I've created this proof of concept storm system for a vivarium. Much if not all of it would work in an aquarium. This system 1 ups the flashing lights for lightning and uses a optical trick to make it look like actual lightning tendrils streak down into the air/water. Plants/Animals would be visible behind in that area, but the "shocks" wouldn't make true contact... so no cooked fish. I guess you'd call it qausi holographic lightning... It is difficult to see but there is a floating cloud too that I've kept from sinking.
Sorry for the Night time view, but I'm kinda keeping the guts/specifics of how I did this under wraps for now...
Thunder and plasma lightning proof of concept vivarium FX with firefly lights (Viv Lights OFF) - YouTube
|05-17-2014 01:35 PM|
|uvafred13||I think the weather fx and sounds is a cool idea...but wouldn't this be somewhat stressful to our buddies? Not sure why we would subject them to that. That's one reason I decided to go with the finnex over sat|
|05-16-2014 08:05 PM|
|05-15-2014 01:16 PM|
Check it out! Up to 4 channels of dimming control (depending on the fixture). You can save the brightness settings in memory, and then schedule that via timers! And all via an iPhone interface, so this thing must have WiFi. Very cool!
Or maybe I'm reading too much into that pic, but that's what it looks like to me.
|05-09-2014 07:19 PM|
Originally Posted by aja31 View Post
So ya, the light everyone is waiting for is still being put through tests:
|05-09-2014 04:23 PM|
|aja31||Hmm any update on this? I'm trying to decide on an LED for a 75g that i'm planning to build and this sounds like it might be interesting. I've always loved the finnex lights but was always sad they couldn't be dimmed/controlled. If this is coming relatively soon then maybe i'll hold out for it.|
|04-08-2014 09:08 PM|
|pwolfe||Glad to see the planted community finally get some good feature sets in led lighting. I bought a maxspect because at the time no one in the planted world offered what I wanted. This would have swayed my decision.|
|04-08-2014 06:58 PM|
I just saw this thread and I think Finnex is doing great things. I'm quite happy with what I see proposed as new product offerings. I would wish for some backward compatibility but alas it's not to be, meh!!
As for all you guys who have new fixtures that you want to trade in, I might be willing to buy some of these used systems at a very reasonable prices. lolol
|03-28-2014 08:14 PM|
I cant realize I haven't seen this thread yet!
What about for those of us who dont mind opening up the old fixture to splice in some wires? I'd be willing to do the work/take the risk if you can make the dimmer/timer option available for us to add on to the older units. Its great that you're expanding your product line and all; but its sort of a downer to hear that my brand new light fixture is essentially obsolete already!
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