2017 , Jan Jeltes for the Recticity Group Australian Photons3D laboratories Updated 12 January 2017
Work is progressing well on the control unit (below with ‘Recticity Studios’ sticker attached) and a plethora of LED status indicators , overlayed by our prototype computerised auto-configuring lighting wand that produces ultra high quality light suited to specific skin tones - gender specific even … At the left hand bottom corner you see blue LED lights controlled by our control unit (non-autonomous) and in the back , in the ‘shade’ , our tooling lathe - a tiny unit that was rebuilt from new to our own much tighter specifications for rigidity and performance . It is driven by a 500 Watt brushless BLDC motor and has proven a very handy tool for spare parts as well as prototype creation The controller contains three computer systems (at last count) and includes a Linux system as well as another Arduino The green LED in the bottom left corner controls its built-in WIFI server which provides connectivity to the entire lighting system via this one control unit . The two LED’s in the centre (red) are designed to send signals via professional 5 pin XLR connectors , sending signals to provide a slight bias in light output towards R, G , B or none (pure white) At the right hand top you see a simple light sensor (glued to the label for easy replacement with more sophisticated lighting analysis units later on) followed by dual on/off switches for two of the rear mounted ports Finally , you see an RCA plug with a simple on/off pushbutton switch (black , above the RCA port) that controls the light wand above it I could not switch the LED light wand on for the purpose of this photograph as its light is way too bright for direct photography but , as a summary , it consists of two separate LED light banks approximately 1.2 metres tall , using ultra bright high quality LED’s as light sources , three inlet ports for power , 1 x 4 pin power connector (black , on top , with the white cable sticking out of it) creating dual circuits (that’s five separate power circuits for those who want to keep track of such things) , and finally a 4 pin custom serial data port back to the host controller to facilitate remote operation Oh , and I nearly forgot - in the right hand bottom corner of the control unit is a USB connector that allows for software updates to the Linux / Arduino computer systems . A push-button switch to select which of the three / four / five internal computer systems is to be updated is currently on the drawing board These are super sophisticated lighting systems whose purpose it is to ultimately extend the known rendering index beyond its current 100% as is currently understood - to those for whom such knowledge plummets past those depths of depravity
Making progress on removing buttons & installing a keypad and a screen (not enabling touch at present) to enter parameters and to select functions rather than a plethora of LEDs and switches ; just becoming too busy as a front panel . 2 Rack units high in burnished aluminium (I think that’s what they call it) and nice cut-outs and some text - just a prototype but looks OK to us . This has not had the holes for rack mounting put in it yet - depends on how far this iteration takes me …. It will be able to control (current design) up to 16 LED banks direct - providing power & intelligence data , gather information from up to 8 Recticity Remote Light Analysis (REReLA - ri’ri:’la:) units and control up to 255 slave units which , each in turn , are also capable of controlling 16 LED banks and gather light data from up to 8 REReLA units - all reported back to , controlled via , analysed by , and adjusted using ; turned on , off , proof and stress tested via this one master unit That brings the total to - let’s see - well over 4000 LED banks automatically adjusting to ambient changes (plus manual override on each one if so desired) and all controllable via this one single unit - with a numeric keypad and a small colour graphics screen . Nifty eh ?
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Australian Photons3D laboratories Updated 07 February 2017