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Thread: *NEW* USB Input/Output Board -- Fusion Brain

  1. #1091
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    Quote Originally Posted by dasaint80 View Post
    ^^^ Exactly like that!!!! OMG GOD.
    I'll do a write-up tomorrow or Saturday. Don't worry, it's totally possible with Dakota digital equipment, and not hard either.

    Do you already have a Fusion Brain?

    P.S. make a new thread if you get a chance, like nick said

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    holy mackeral, this is going to help me out so much, my truck is currently at the paintshop, so im right on board to get my software manageable... ive been away from here for a while so im pretty lost with were u guys are at with it all..

    airride here we come



    BTW, heres the screen in roadrunner that i was looking to use..

    Top and bottom adjustment based on sliders.. *this will obviously have to be calibrated to what heights and pressures the truck runs..

    and also a bunch of presets along the middle which also will be calibrated in truck,




    All possible green? am i able to control FB thru Roadrunner yet? or can i just skin FB to look like that screen in roadrunner once the airride screen is called?

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    Ive read through this entire amazing thread and I love the story of the development of this product. Greenman's expertise and 2k1Toaster's enthusiasm are a wonderful combination, and I am itching to get my hands on my own Brain Of Doom to start playing with it!

    I'm scared by the complexity of the software though - is it easy to customise/calibrate my sensor information without knowing any programming language? I want my brain to read engine data, and Im handy with a multimeter, but I'm concerned about how to make the brain interpret the volts I give it through the inputs! Can some other noob reassure me?

    Also, has anyone built a frequency-to-voltage converter for the Brain as yet? If not, have the Fusion Team got one in the pipeline?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Grrrmachine View Post
    Ive read through this entire amazing thread and I love the story of the development of this product. Greenman's expertise and 2k1Toaster's enthusiasm are a wonderful combination, and I am itching to get my hands on my own Brain Of Doom to start playing with it!

    I'm scared by the complexity of the software though - is it easy to customise/calibrate my sensor information without knowing any programming language? I want my brain to read engine data, and Im handy with a multimeter, but I'm concerned about how to make the brain interpret the volts I give it through the inputs! Can some other noob reassure me?

    Also, has anyone built a frequency-to-voltage converter for the Brain as yet? If not, have the Fusion Team got one in the pipeline?
    I know I feel the same way! As for complexity, I think with the new MDX configurator and it's UI, it's not that hard to get started. You can get a pretty functional skin started without having to deal with any skinning language at all. No programming language needed. As for the inputs... Just make sure the volts at the input will not go above 5V, and for the software you just use one of the pre-made functions. Like, for temperature, use the Volts to C or Volts to F function Block. You can of course, make your own custom function blocks as well. It's not that hard.

    I'm pretty sure no one has built a FVC, I almost did, for a humididty sensor, but then I found a good analog voltage sensor. But it didn't seem too hard, lots of ready parts available.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Grrrmachine View Post
    Ive read through this entire amazing thread and I love the story of the development of this product. Greenman's expertise and 2k1Toaster's enthusiasm are a wonderful combination, and I am itching to get my hands on my own Brain Of Doom to start playing with it!

    I'm scared by the complexity of the software though - is it easy to customise/calibrate my sensor information without knowing any programming language? I want my brain to read engine data, and Im handy with a multimeter, but I'm concerned about how to make the brain interpret the volts I give it through the inputs! Can some other noob reassure me?

    Also, has anyone built a frequency-to-voltage converter for the Brain as yet? If not, have the Fusion Team got one in the pipeline?
    Glad your excited!

    We are both engineers, so we can answer any questions you have.

    The software may look daunting, but it is easy. There is a graphical configuration program, with big easy to read sections. And of course we answer all questions on the forums and through email.

    Welcome to the Fusion Brain club.
    Fusion Brain Version 6 Released!
    1.9in x 2.9in -- 47mm x 73mm
    30 Digital Outputs -- Directly drive a relay
    15 Analogue Inputs -- Read sensors like temperature, light, distance, acceleration, and more
    Buy now in the MP3Car.com Store

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    Hi 2k1Toaster, do you happen to offer the Fusion Brain in "kit" form? I mean, just the blank pcb and parts, for those of us that like to do our own assembly? I'm an electronics repair tech, and sell my own various boards and misc., so I always prefer to do my own assembly whenever possible, especially if it saves me $$.

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    How to calibrate engine sensors

    I'm interested in using Fusion Brain on older (pre-computer) engines. Currently the sensors send volt or ohm values to analogue gauges on the dash. Does set-up involve calibrating to match the readings on the existing gauges? If so, then there would be no increase in accuracy. Is there another way of calibrating to ensure greater accuracy? For example a table of values for a sensor showing: " 46 ohms = 40 lbs oil pressure" or whatever.
    Thanks

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    If you want to calibrate it then you need to find what it is supposed to be from whoever makes it. If you get an accurate table of values, then you find a best fit line that goes through them and put that function into MDX and it works.
    Fusion Brain Version 6 Released!
    1.9in x 2.9in -- 47mm x 73mm
    30 Digital Outputs -- Directly drive a relay
    15 Analogue Inputs -- Read sensors like temperature, light, distance, acceleration, and more
    Buy now in the MP3Car.com Store

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    Greenman100,
    on 3/6/08, you posted an Air Ride skin. Could you send the xml to me? It'd teach me how to increment/ decrement a temperature setting.

    Thanks,
    GadgetBandit

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    I'm new to the mp3car forum and will be building my first carputer for my 1987 Mazda RX-7 in the next few months. Since I have some VERY specialized functions in mind, I was going to get a USB relay board and USB servo controller, but the Fusion Brain blows then out of the water with its sheer user-defined expandability. Brilliant work and an A+ to everyone that contributed to it. It's definitely going to be my birthday present to me

    Has the servo control been implemented yet? I read all 74 pages in this thread today and have not found a definitive answer. Also, how is the linux version of the software coming along? I abandoned Windows last November due to OS-killing malware in favor of Ubuntu 8.04 and am planning on using linux in my carputer. Overall, the Fusion Brain looks like an incredible piece of hardware and it just wouldn't be right if it wasn't supported in Linux, the software that wrote the book on open-source!

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