SCORPIUS DEVELOPMENT HISTORY
- February 2007
- November 2007
- June 2008
- November 2008
- February 2009
- March 2009
- October 2010
- December 2010
- May 2011
- July 2011
- July 2012
- August 2012
- October 2012
The Lane Brain project came about. Here the lack of functionality of existing lane changers was turned around by offering livened flippers, anti collision function, programmable best line, and 2 way communications with PC.
Saw the introduction of a whole new standard in digital slot cars. Firstly all components are were made wireless and to run on the ISM 2.4GHz band. A proven interference free 80 channel system, channels automatically hop to the next available free channel should one be taken.
No powerbase was required, that is separate all power from data and have all components talk to each other via a LAN (Local area network) on the 2.4GHz band.
Power, no longer mixed with data, and delivered in DC or AC form direct to rails from the power supply. Any number of amps can be made available. The Scorpius system can run on anywhere from 8.5V to 18.0V. Additional power supplies can be wired in parallel directly to track. Simple, cheap, powerful, reliable and efficient.
PC communications are made via a simple wireless Dongle that plugs easily into your USB port. The dongle can now talk to any car, throttle or lane changer.
The friction plate on the controller is replaced by a hall sensor, minimizing maintenance and introducing 256 step throttle and brake control.
The system is displayed at Nurnberg toy fair to the amazement of the slot car world.
The trigger mechanism is completely upgraded and now attached to the printed circuit board allowing much more throttle accuracy and consistency.
The Parma controller casing is replaced by the Professor Motor casing, allowing more room to fit and extra knob and button for a much improved menu operation.
The production process begins, parts sourced, program and test jigs custom made for production.
Parts arrive in Australia for first assembly of controllers and testing of all components prior to release to market.
System released worldwide.
Upgrade programs for car decoder, controller and Lane Brain lane changer electronics are free and downloadable from the website.
Diagnostic programs to test controller functions and Lane Brain functions are made available free online.
Development starts on a new Race Management System and PEARL (Programmable Electronically Activated Race Line) is released.
The Scorpius Race Management System is released. It is to date the most advanced RMS available.
Scorpius announces routed timber track design and construct service. First track design is the Aurora 3600×1200 2 lane hybrid digital/analogue circuit.
Second generation WAM (Wireless Analogue Module) prototype is in testing stages.
Release of second production run. Programming of ghost cars via RMS commences.