New Software and new campaign
about 2 months ago
– Wed, Aug 28, 2019 at 02:20:26 PM
- Thanks for the on-going success
- Major software offer
- Next Kickstarter hint
- Thanks for the on-going success:
In an effort to respect your e-mail address and avoid spamming you, we realize that we may have been “too” quiet over the last year as some backers were wondering if our silence was a sign of our absence.
Au contraire! After fulfilling (practically) all Kickstarter backers on time in 2018, we have had (and continue to this day) non-stop Open DSKY sales through Backerkit and through our e-commerce site at www.stgeotronics.com. Thanks to an ever growing community of Open Source DSKY aficionados. 346 backers so far have made Open DSKY the most popular replica of the original DSKY!
As you may already know, Open DSKY has been mentioned in the Smithsonian Air & Space museum https://www.airspacemag.com/space/apollo-at-50-celebration-guide-180971742/ and currently is or has been featured in numerous museums around the World this summer.
The Open DSKY Google group https://groups.google.com/forum/#!forum/opendsky is the best place to stay in touch and meet other members of this busy Open DSKY community.
Please consider joining if you haven’t already, because this is where you will find support, software, design ideas/files and answers to whatever question you may have.
A few backers have created even more realistic 3D printed versions of the DSKY and some have come up with fantastic software that go far beyond our 3 Verbs, 3 Nouns and 3 Programs code that was meant to only test and demonstrate the hardware functionality of your device. Thank You Scott, David and Ron!
- Major software offer:
One such backer, contributor, and programmer is using 2 of our Open DSKY units at the heart of his full-scale recreation of the Apollo 11 Command Module.
Bill Walker started the “Apollo Education Experience Project” (www.ApolloExperience.com ) with the goal of building a full-scale Command Module replica that can be transported to schools and other locations as an educational exhibit, and plans to complete it by this fall.
Not only he is building a full-size replica of the Command Module, but for that purpose he has re-written the entire Open DSKY software to provide more interactivity and interest. Based on Scott Pavlovec’s already impressive code, Bill’s custom version now includes nearly 50 functions, 15 audio tracks, and 2 full length simulations with synchronized audio (the Apollo 11 moon landing and an interactive Apollo 11 launch), using combinations of 11 Verbs, 17 Nouns, and 9 Progs. Some of the new functions include a count-up timer, a presettable count-down timer, and a date/time/temperature display. He even recreated the shutdown and restart sequence as seen in the movie “Apollo 13”. You can view a demonstration of these functions and simulations on YouTube at https://youtu.be/2ct89vLxmSU .
The software and comprehensive “Open DSKY Command Reference” manual (modeled after the Apollo Flight Plan)
is currently available EXCLUSIVELY through the Project, pre-loaded on an Arduino Nano, with the 17 audio tracks pre-loaded on a micro-SD card, and a custom-printed manual with a cover in your choice of 5 colors. All this will be sent to you as a complimentary “thank-you” gift for a modest donation to the Project’s GoFundMe campaign (https://www.gofundme.com/f/apollo-education-experience-project ) to help raise the much-need money to build this important educational project. Please consider supporting him and adding this awesome list of functions to your Open DSKY.
- Next Kickstarter hint:
While we continue at S&T GeoTronics to offer Open DSKY kits and build Open DSKY for anyone interested, and have never stopped shipping Open Enigma kits and building Open Enigma, we are currently designing our next Kickstarter product. This will be an amazing looking, even better sounding Vacuum Tube radio amplifier. Providing the convenience of Bluetooth, MP3 and FM in a Retro-Tech looking custom enclosure. Stay tuned and start saving. The launch (planned for early 2020) will first be pre-announced as an update in this Kickstarter project.
Thank You for your support!
- Marc and James