PC Interface early software preview

This is an update on the PC interface software as it currently stands. I have yet to design the hardware and have a number of decisions regarding processor and USB support IC’s to resolve over the next few weeks. I’m attracted by a range of processors with embedded USB driver IC’s, though may go the more typical route of adding a dedicated IC.

Having written the software (you’ll see it demonstrated in the video) I’m looking for help from people who know how to integrate it with popular railway control packages, in particular JMRI.

When this is complete it will provide full layout access via a PC to read and set all turnouts and query all feedback channels.

The software has two main components, an event driven backend that responds to and reports all layout changes, such as a block becoming occupied, a point position indicator changing, or any point being changed. It also has a front end that accepts commands to both query and set the status.

This product is still under development. 

If you feel you can help and have the JAVA skills for JMRI, please get in touch with me via email (address on the website here).

Here’s the video.

Servo 4R and relay board

Servo Controller 4R – New product announcement

Servo Controller 4R

A 4 channel servo controller with integrated frog switch – available immediately via the web shop.

The Servo Controller controls up to 4 servos on your model railway layout. Its flexible design means that it can be operated by connecting toggle switches directly to the supplied cables or it can be controlled via the built in network interface. This makes remote control via DCC module, MultiPanel, MiniPanel or even another Servo Controller 4R all possible.

The Servo Controller has many different user selectable output models including normal and reversed turnout operation, upper or lower quadrant semaphore signal and includes an integrated relay module for frog or track switching. Each of the four outputs may be set independently.

All configuration is via the built in buttons and LEDs and requires only one finger to configure. No external devices are required to configure or operate this unit.

To view the introduction video see the Servo 4R product page.




Optical sensor update and demo

This video shows a test track installation (N gauge) of infra red (optical) feedback detectors. I added white paper strips to the bottom of the wagon and loco to aid detection. Suitable for use on both analogue and digital installations.

  Video link here