So i've been thinking about an RFM super mod for awhile now and it all came together on the bench a few days ago...
The idea is that the rfm saucers will generate full rgb patterns and then tie in to the correct mode colours during each scene. See below for a quick testing video. It will take lamp inputs to
change the colour patterns for the scenes. (I am simulating that in the vid with wire inputs)
Here is a picture of the pcb that fits into the existing saucers with no modifications needed.
The kit will contain 2 assembled pcbs for the saucers and a controller board, which is driven from an arduino controller. I am thinking about setting up a github/code source area to release the controller code as open source so that others who buy the system can start to improve and modify the code, add new patterns, take it in new directions etc.
The whole kit will be 'a neat installation affair'. I am passionate about making super mods that look factory. There will be NO crocodile clips, NO loose wires to solder on. It WILL be all professional williams spec connections where it interfaces to the original lamp boards, or driver boards etc. (I am still experimenting with the best place to install the controller board and the cabling designs. More info on that later.)
Regarding the pricing. I am hoping to offer it for under £100 all in. This is not confirmed yet, but i don't want it to be massively expensive. We do live in reality though so i will see how we go.
The cabling coming out from each saucer pcb will be 3 wires. This is a serial design similar to how the AFM mothership led lamps worked and the helmet lamps on BoP. Recent advances in RGB LED technology (driven by LED TV's and advertising sign developments) have enabled simplification of the designs. Note the pcb in the pic has lots of unpopulated parts as i've managed to simplify it somewhat! I think 3 wires is the least number possible.
Please let me know if you would be interested in one of these kits for your RFM and what you think about an open source framework for people to use.
Here's another video of the proto installed in my RFM during boot up and attract. Note the pattern changes as the game goes into attract
More info and and updates will also be post to my blog here -> http://blog.mypinballs.com