Q: “How do I loop my show?”
A: Add a jumper wire across the N/O Trigger input to loop your show. (Pictured Below.)
Q: When trying to send the show to the controller i get an error message. “unhandled exception has occurred in your application…index was outside the bounds of array”
A: Shorten your Scare audio track down to 20-60 seconds to fix this issue. Need a good audio editing software thats Free? Check out the Audacity Project Here: http://www.audacityteam.org/download/
Q: Where do i get the software for the OctoPill?
A: Go to this link and scroll down until you see the Download it here picture. Link: Buttonbanger.com
Q: My OctoPill keeps looping the show that I programmed.
A: Go to the controllers settings and change the *TriggerAmbientLevel from Low to High and apply the config changes to your controller.
Q: Does the common 4 channel and 8 channel Relay module come with the purchase of the Octopill? If not where can you purchase these and what is the cost?
A: The relay modules do not come with the Octopill assembled/kit products you can find these at the links below.
Q: Does the sound get loaded into the OctoPill to or do you need to keep the memory chip in it?
A: The sound and show files are saved onto a micro SD card I recommend a 1-2gb card.
The serial MP3 player does the rest of the work!
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Q: Was looking into using the Octopill configuration to trigger a wiper motor. Does this have enough power to run the prop?
A: Yes the OctoPill will work to trigger a wiper motor with ease. The relay boards that we use in conjunction with the OctoPill are Rated at 10A 125VAC and 10amp at 28VDC.
Q: How do i wire an output with the OctoPill?
A: The OctoPill is designed to work with form C Relays. They have a Common, Normally Closed, Normally Open connection.
Here’s an example of a proper connection that turns on a device ( Motors, Lamps, Fog Machines, ETC..) when the relay is triggered with the OctoPill. Note the connections on the relay output.
Here’s another example on how to wire a 12v linear actuator using two relays. Remember to always allow these to cool down to prevent them from burning out. Explanation of
Duty Cycle from Progressive Automation’s
“Duty cycle is the ratio of on time to off time, usually expressed as a percentage. This means if your actuator extends and retracts for 20 seconds, and then spends another 40 seconds at rest before the process repeats, the duty cycle would be expressed as 33%. The percentage displayed is always the ‘on’ time of the actuator. To get the off time, subtract the ‘on’ percentage from 100. In this case, you get 67%.”
For more information on this visit ProgressiveAutomations.com