by Peter Thurston A railway modeller is in his loft firing up his Flying Scotsman, setting the route to Edinburgh and off she steams. He, and it is almost certainly a ‘he’, is controlling his trains and signals using what is known as Digital Command and Control or DCC for short. Electronic signals travel from his control panel to the tracks where computer chips in the trains a ...
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A Case Study: How a chance meeting with a Yellow Pages Salesmen lead to the Big Bear Model Rail Controller
Big Bear Version 3 - First End-to-end Demo of an early prototype
The re-write and modernisation of Big Bear Model Rail software reach's a milestone with the first successful end to end, screen to model, layout demonstration.
Voice technology speaking up for your business
The chances are that you, or someone you know, received an Amazon Alexa for Christmas. If not an Alexa, maybe a Google Assistant, or some other smart speaker. Yes, love them or loathe them, these little boxes of electronic joy are slowly creeping into our lives and it’s approaching the time that we need to ask, should my business be making moves to exploit the potential of voic ...
(6) Remote Control ... Controlling a train from 'IoT' in "The Cloud"
It's time to start playing with those trains. To prove that we can control the layout remotely, we will be using an Azure IoT hub to send commands to a program linked up with the railway and we'll make things happen. In theory, this could be done by someone on the other side of the world!
(5) Let's get talking ... First Steps with Alexa
Razordesk 4 Available for Download
Blue Tang's long established easy to use support tracking system, Razordesk, updated to support modern browsers and databases.
(4) Train sets aren't what they used to be .. Computer controlled trains
Way back, long before the days we lived in virtual bubble, kids (and not so kids) had train sets which here in Great Britain, would have been Hornby. Mostly the track would be a loop spread out on the carpet, with a cat waiting ready to pounce in the moving trains ...
(2) My Trains! ... A glimse of the railway to be Alexified
Lets kick off with the railway itself, this runs in a loop around what was a spare bedroom and now, a home office or, as I prefer to call it, 'The Creative Suite'. As you see I punched a hole in the wall to make a tunnel through a cupboard. I have a reputation for making tunnels through walls, previously to allow my cats access to the outside world. It was easier than cutting a ...
(3) A look at the requirements
Before we launch off and start writing code (no matter how tempting that is), we ought to think about what it should be doing. Good old user requirements. For a start, lets keep it simple, this is, after all a demo on a model railway and not controlling real trains on railtrack. Though some might argue that wouldn't be a bad idea. The first most basic thing, is to start and st ...
Blue Tang is relaunched
The deed is done, Peter jumps head first into self employment and Blue Tang Innovations Ltd is born. It should have been Blue Tang Software but some company already took that name, I think on purpose! But the laugh is on them, as Blue Tang Innovations has a good ring to it and reflects what we want to achieve in the coming months (and years). So we have an office, a home offic ...
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