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First major firmware update

As mentioned in the official release announcement, one of the key features of our Golden Harvest board is that there will be regular firmware updates in future that will install automatically once an update file is saved on the microSD card. Here comes the first update!

Update file:
https://www.dropbox.com/s/gyoiq4q1dmrhx5t/update.dat?dl=0

Installation:
Just delete the file “UPDATE_D.DAT” from your microSD card (if this file exists). Then, put the update file “update.dat” on your microSD card and insert it into your board again (no renaming needed). After the next boot, it will install the update automatically. Once the boot sound appears, your board is updated.

Changelog:
– Due to strong customer demand, we added a Hibernation Mode (Deep Sleep). By default, your board will go into this power saving mode if you didn’t use it for 5 minutes. This value is also customizable of course (see below). To wake your board up again, just press the power button and wait for the boot sound. For a 3400 mAh battery, the board can stay more than 8 months in Hibernation Mode.
– Also many customers asked if it was possible to support pre-mixed sound fonts from saberfont.com without additional renaming of the files:
http://www.saberfont.com/Optimized-for-Plecter-by-Era_c_53.html
After this update we’re still using our own naming system, but to fulfill this wish of our customers, our board recognizes now also the common naming system from saberfont.com. It detects automatically which naming system is used.

Optional:
How to customize the time after which the board goes into Hibernation Mode?
To do that, you have to download our latest default effect font package:
https://www.dropbox.com/s/glxi5cxo17pq8ws/GH.zip?dl=0
Just unzip the files, put them all on your microSD card by replacing the existen tfiles and choose your hardware setup. We introduced a new parameter “deep_sleep” contained in the “effect[number].txt” files. Just set it to the value you want (from 1 to 1000). The time is given in seconds.

All features revealed and release announced

Now, the time has come! The Golden Harvest revolution will start soon! The release of our board will take place on 09/16/2018.

As we are near to this date, we decided to unveil all of the features our Golden Harvest board will have. Let us blow your mind! The Golden Harvest board will have the following technical specifications and features:


– tiny dimensions of 31 mm x 21 mm x 5 mm / 1.22 ” x 0.82 ” x 0.19 ”
– powered by 3.7 V (single 18650 Li-ion cell for example)
– provides 4 LED channels with up to 4 A each that are independently configurable:
   – can drive even QuadCrees
   – capable of delivering up to 16 A in sum (if you need such a high current, please make sure
     that your battery can provide that and your Golden Harvest is cooled enough)
   – can drive up to 200 accent LEDs (with about 20 mA each) wired in parallel per LED channel
– supports speakers with 4 Ohm and 8 Ohm and with up to 3 W power
– full functionality accessible even if used with only one momentary switch
– can also be used with one momentary and one latching switch as well as with two momentary switches
– microSD card slot
– highly sophisticated motion engine:
   – customizable sensitivity
   – capable of tracing every nuance of your saber’s Motion
   – detects swings
   – detects clashs
   – detects stabs
   – detects spins
– revolutionary, proprietary sound engine
– 12 bit audio sample Resolution
– full-blown sound effect engine:
   – up to 99 different swing sounds
   – up to 99 different clash sounds
   – up to 99 different stab sounds
   – up to 99 different spin sounds
   – up to 99 different lockup sounds
   – up to 99 different blaster sounds
   – up to 99 different force sounds
   – up to 99 different boot sounds
   – up to 99 different power on sounds
   – up to 99 different power off sounds
   – hum sound
   – menu sounds
   – up to 99 different sound fonts that contain all these sound effects
– overwhelming light effect engine:
   – full customizability of the effects
   – each LED channel can have completely independent light effects
   – capability of defining unique light effects even for accent LEDs
   – customizability of crystal chamber effects for example
   – pulse effects:
      – conventional pulse
      – speed transition pulse, a.k.a. “HyperPulse”
      –
intensity transition pulse, a.k.a. “ÜberPulse”
      –
color transition effects
      – 6 different pulse shapes: sine, impulse, inverted impulse, rising sawtooth, falling sawtooth, rectangular
   – flicker effects:
      – conventional flicker
      – intensity transition, a.k.a. “PhaseFlicker”
      –
3 different flicker types: subtractive, additive and mixed
      – flicker synchronization
      – flicker color protection
   – configurable fade out
   – configurable effect duration
   – unique basic effects
   – unique clash effects
   – unique stab effects
   – unique swing effects
   – unique spin effects
   – unique lockup effects
   – unique blaster effects
   – unique force effects
   – as there are more than 600 parameters, you can literally invent your own light effects
   – assuming there are 1000 possible values for each parameter (which is a hard under-estimation),
     you could create 101800 (a one with 1800 zeros) possible effect fonts,
     that’s more than there are atoms in the universe!
   – genious online configuration tool for designing, saving and sharing your light effects: https://sabertec.net/configurator
   – tutorial for the configurator available on https://sabertec.net/downloads
   – also default parameter settings available, so you have already epic light effects
     even without having to change any of the parameters
   – all light effect parameters are summarized in effect fonts
   – capability of changing the whole light effects on the fly just as changing sound fonts (see below)
– game-changing effect fonts:
   – introduced as an analogue to sound Fonts
   – contain all customizable parameters, especially the light effect parameters
   – can define certain effect styles just as sound fonts define certain sound styles
   – you can also have different motion sensitivity in different effect fonts
   – can be changed on the fly
   – up to 99 different effect fonts supported, i.e. you can have up to 99 completely different saber effect styles,
     not only different colors
   – default effect fonts available on https://sabertec.net/downloads

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Release date

Breaking news!

We’re still working on the Golden Harvest to secure to make a really great board, but we decided that the eagerly awaited release will be around September 2018, more updates will come soon!

Technical specifications revealed

The technical specifications of our board were kept secret so far, but as our work on it progresses, we now decided that the time has come to reveal at least some of them to give you a glance at how amazing our board will be. Just lean back and let us make your eyes sparkle! Now, the galactic fanfares please!

The Golden Harvest will have all of the following features:
  – dimensions of 31mm x 21mm x 5mm (yes, it’s that tiny!)
  – powered by 3.7V (single 18650 Li-ion cell for example)
  – supports up to 4 LED channels with up to 4A each
  – revolutionary, proprietary sound engine
  – 12bit audio sample resolution
  – background hum sound effect
  – up to 99 different swing sounds
  – up to 99 different clash sounds
  – epic clash light effects
  – blade pulsation effect
  – blade flickering effect
  – microSD card slot
  – all light and sound effects are configurable to customize your saber
  – supports speaker with up to 2W power

In addition to that our board will have even more fascinating features than listed above. We’ll give you more information on what these features are soon. Stay tuned and may the force be with you!

First prototypes produced

Amazing news! The hardware development of our Golden Harvest board is finished and the first prototypes have been produced!
Now, we optimize the software to get the best out of our lightsaber control unit. For that, we reached out to highly skilled experts in motion detection to guarantee the utmost realistic experience you can imagine!

Hardware development almost finished

We proudly announce that the hardware development of our Golden Harvest board is going to be finished soon! You’ll be amazed of it! Our engineers surpassed themselves. As a next step, we’ll start programming the software – there are excited weeks to come!

What shall be the name of our new soundboard?

Inspired by the working title “Blue Harvest” of “Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope”, we gave our soundboard the codename “Golden Harvest”. As one of our main goals in designing our soundboard is to give you the possibility to participate in its development, we ask you to decide what the future name of our soundboard will be. For this purpose, we started the following poll in which you can vote for your favorite name or even suggest an own name. So, just unleash your creativity and show us your suggestions!

 

What shall be the name of our new soundboard?

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