After developing several products focused on data acquisition, like the MRBW-RTS and a few currently in development like the MRB-DCCM (DCC Meter) and MRBW-DAQ (Data Acquisition node), we realized some of the ICs used in those designs would be useful on their own. To enable rapid development with these ICs, a series of ArduinoTM shields was created allowing you to easily implement a wide variety of data acquisition applications.
Imagine that you could talk to the physical world as easily as you can read and write files on your computer. Imagine you could read a file, and read the temperature of an experiment on your bench or of your compost pile outside. Imagine you could simply write “on” to a file, and equipment across the room (or across the house) would power up instantly. Imagine those ideas were just the start… If I’ve got your attention, MRBFS – the MRBus Filesystem – is what you’ve been waiting for.
One of the new projects we are working on is an “Interlocking In A Box” – a simple, yet flexible piece of signal logic designed to control an automatic interlocking for a diamond on a model railroad. The idea came from one of the mail lists I’m subscribed to and we have been working on refining the definition and designing the signal logic over the past several months. I figured now would be a good time show everyone where we are headed and maybe get some feedback.
Maybe you’ve noticed that funny looking gear logo on our advertisements or on our website and wondered, “What is that?” Maybe you’ve heard of open source, and you’re wondering how a bunch of products aimed at model railroaders really fit into that.
What that logo means is that we release all of the design files necessary to produce or modify any of our products – schematics, board layouts, and source code – if you were so inclined. Generally speaking, you’ll find the latest production version on the “Documentation” tab of any product in our store.
So, at this point, half of you are probably thinking we’re crazy, and the other half is just wondering how this benefits you, the customer…
Nathan and I will be visiting family over the holidays, so fulfilment of orders will be delayed until around December 30. Have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
Looking to enhance your operations with a fast clock system? Do you need multiple displays around the layout? Do you want a configurable, yet easy to use system for your operators? The Iowa Scaled Engineering Fast Clock system may be exactly what you need.
Michael and I are both taking time off to visit family over the holiday, so any orders placed won’t ship until next Monday. To our US customers, have a happy Thanksgiving!
Many Iowa Scaled Engineering products contain firmware loaded into the onboard microcontroller. While every effort is made to provide the latest and greatest firmware when the product is shipped, bugs are discovered (and fixed) and new enhancements are added periodically. Fortunately, updating the firmware yourself is an easy process. The instructions below assume a Windows operating system, but the same basic process applies to other operating systems.
Many of Iowa Scaled Engineering’s products interface with something called MRBus. I’ve been meaning to write this post for some time, but turns out it’s a rather complex narrative to tell.
So let’s get right down to it: What the heck is an MRBus, and why would somebody want to use it? In this rather long blog post, I’ll introduce you to our microcontroller data network and walk through a simple example of how it can be used. In future installments of this series, we’ll step into more advanced use cases.
Ever wanted to automate the turnouts on your layout? Maybe you have some that are hard to reach? Or maybe you have a hidden staging yard? Do you model a modern CTC-controlled subdivision and want to give your dispatcher realistic control over the turnouts? Or maybe you have a multi-deck layout and other switch machines are too bulky to sit below the upper decks? No matter what the situation, MRServo is a cost-effective solution!