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    I never expected projects to start so quickly! The relays look really nice and the next version will controll all 8. It will also be a little more customizable. Are there any other features people are looking for?

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    I dont even know what Phidgets are but im impressed.
    Cant code cause I dont know how, but give me the paint bucket and my eraser and have at you!

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    check the website http://phidgets.com They are a USB interface system. The company sells a controller board with analog and digital inputs and outputs. They also sell sensors, relays, and input devices to use with their controller. They have their own programming API which is really easy to work with and can be used for almost anything

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    so they are just on off switches control by usb?
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    kinda. A relay is a type of switch that is controled by a low voltage signal but can be used to switch higher voltage circuit. Phidgets can controll relays as one of the many components that can be connected to the digital output.

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    ok
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    Quote Originally Posted by bcohen5055 View Post
    kinda. A relay is a type of switch that is controled by a low voltage signal but can be used to switch higher voltage circuit. Phidgets can controll relays as one of the many components that can be connected to the digital output.
    So, in theory, this could raise and lower a car that's on airride? How is the UI for the Phidgets? Do you make your own buttons and displays for like temperature sensors and such?

    And looking a little bit down the road, while expanding on the airride concept, can you have your navigation system trigger your airride when you reach a certain GPS coordinate, like the one that is the enterence to your driveway, so it raises the car automatically? Or when you reach over a certain speed to lower it? It would be great if I didn't have to shell out the large amount of cash for the airride manufacturer's digital control system, and could integrate it better into my Mac.
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    phidgets are limited by your imagination, more then just sensors and relays, they have rfid, temp sensors, touch, and MORE go to the website to see ALL phidgets can do, This setup is a BASIC use of phidgets to turn on lights, but in the future the possibilites are ENDLESS!!

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    Your airride example is exactly the kinda stuff phidgets can do. Phidgets do require programming but that is what I am doing and it is verry easy. Relays could easily controll your electronic air valves at a specific location, phidgets could even monitor the pressure of easch individual airbag or the tank for that matter. Check out the website and start planning things out.

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    Heres a new version. It can controll 8 relays and the user can set the title of the buttons. I'll post a screenshot in a little bit.

    http://home.comcast.net/~bcohen5055/phidgetplugin.dmg

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