ReacTime Firmware 1.4 Release Notes

ReacTime Firmware 1.4 Release Notes
ReacTime Firmware 1.40
Release Notes
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Contents
Copyright Notice
3
Introduction
4
Obtaining Lynx products and information....................................................................................................4
Obtaining technical support ..........................................................................................................................4
ReacTime Firmware 1.40 Release Notes
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New "Motion" detection setting....................................................................................................................5
New improved wireless card.........................................................................................................................6
RadioLynx support added.............................................................................................................................6
Using RadioLynx with the ReacTime Training System ....................................................................7
Using RadioLynx with the ReacTime Championship System...........................................................8
ReacTime Firmware 1.30 Release Notes
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Internal gun outputs external signal............................................................................................................11
Max headset volume ...................................................................................................................................11
"Idle Error" now includes offending lane ...................................................................................................12
New "Headset Tones" Command Center option.........................................................................................12
Improvements in battery charge..................................................................................................................13
Normal detection setting less sensitive .......................................................................................................13
Index
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Copyright Notice
Use of this product is governed by the Sales and License Agreement signed
by you or your agent (the "Buyer"), Section 7a of which is reprinted here.
7a. Ownership of Software. Lynx System Developers, Inc. (Lynx) owns and
retains all title, copyright, trademark, and other proprietary rights in the
software, firmware and documentation provided with the software and
firmware (collectively, "Software"). Buyer acknowledges that the Software
is the confidential property of Lynx and the Buyer will not disclose the
Software to any other person without Lynx's consent.
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logo are registered trademarks of Lynx System Developers, Inc.
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ReacTime Firmware 1.40 Release Notes
May 16, 2005
Copyright © 1992-2005 by Lynx System Developers, Inc.
All rights reserved.
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ReacTime Firmware 1.40 Release Notes
Introduction
The firmware for the ReacTime Block Sensor and Command Center has been
upgraded with the features described in this document. Please refer to page
31 of the ReacTime Operator's Manual for instructions on how to update the
firmware on a Block Sensor and on the Command Center.
Obtaining Lynx products and
information
There are three ways to obtain Lynx products and information:
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Go to the Lynx website (http://www.finishlynx.com/) and click the
Products link
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Call (978) 556-9780 and ask to speak with someone in sales, or
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Send an email to our sales department (mailto:sales@finishlynx.com).
Obtaining technical support
There are three ways to obtain technical support for Lynx products:
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Go to the Lynx website (http://www.finishlynx.com/) and click the
Support link
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Call (978) 556-9780 and ask to speak with someone in tech support, or
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Send an email to the technical support department
(mailto:support@finishlynx.com).
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CHAPTER 1
ReacTime Firmware 1.40 Release Notes
This chapter describes the new features in the ReacTime Block Sensor and
Command Center firmware version 1.40 since the release of version 1.30.
In This Chapter
New "Motion" detection setting.........................................5
New improved wireless card ..............................................6
RadioLynx support added ..................................................6
New "Motion" detection setting
There is a new Motion setting for the ReacTime Training System that causes
the internal timer to activate when motion is detected. This is particularly
helpful when using the ReacTime Training System to test football athletes
running the 40 yard dash.
When the Motion setting is enabled, ReacTime uses the first movement
detected after the "set" command to start its internal timer. This time is then
used to calculate the time to subsequent photoeye breaks.
¾ To set this feature:
1 Turn on the Block Sensor by pressing and holding the OFF/ON key until
the LCD reads ReacTime | Ready To Start.
2 Press the Menu key once.
3 Use the up or down arrow keys to scroll through the menus until you
arrive at the Main Menu | Training screen.
4 Press the Menu key again.
5 Scroll through the Training Menu sub-menus using the up or down arrow
keys until you arrive at the Training Menu | Intervals screen.
6 Press the Menu key again.
7 Scroll to the Intervals Menu | Ready-->Gun Min sub-menu using the up
or down arrow keys.
8 Press the Menu key again.
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ReacTime Firmware 1.40 Release Notes
9 Scroll to the Ready-->Gun Min | Motion sub-menu using the up or down
arrow keys.
10 Press the Menu key again save the changes. You are returned to the
Reactime | Ready To Start screen.
New improved wireless card
The wireless ReacTime Championship System now comes with a new
wireless card with increased reliability and range.
The new wireless card allows a distance of up to 100 meters between the
Command Center and the Block Sensors.
RadioLynx support added
A RadioLynx™ receiver can now be connected to both the ReacTime
Training and ReacTime Championship Systems to enable the receipt of starts
and/or photoeye breaks.
¾ RadioLynx and the ReacTime Training System
Use a RadioLynx receiver with the ReacTime Training System, the new
Motion (see "New "Motion" detection setting") setting, and Microgate
wireless photoeyes to test football athletes' 40 yard dash times.
¾ RadioLynx and the ReacTime Championship System
Add a RadioLynx receiver to the Command Center to enable it to receive the
same start signal as the RadioLynx transmitter starting the FinishLynx®
timer. From that signal, the ReacTime Championship System determines
reaction times without the use of another sensor or cable stretching from the
Command Center to the Starter.
Chapter 1 ReacTime Firmware 1.40 Release Notes
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Using RadioLynx with the ReacTime Training System
1
Connect the RadioLynx receiver to the Serial Cable port of the Block
Sensor using the special cable provided.
2 Turn on the Block Sensor by pressing and holding the OFF/ON key until
the LCD reads ReacTime | Ready To Start.
3 Press the Menu key once. Use the up or down arrow keys to scroll
through the menus until you arrive at the Main Menu | Training screen.
4 Press the Menu key again.
5 Use the up or down arrow keys to scroll through menus until you arrive at
the Training | RadioLynx screen.
6 Press the Menu key again.
7 Use the up or down arrow keys to scroll through menus until you arrive at
the RadioLynx | Port screen.
8 Press the Menu key again.
9 Use the up or down arrow keys to scroll through menus until you arrive at
the Port | Serial Port screen.
10 Press the Menu key again save the changes. You are returned to the
ReacTime | Ready To Start screen.
Note: To send a start signal to the Block Sensor, set the Signal Type on the
RadioLynx transmitter to 0. To send a photoeye break to the Block Sensor,
set the Signal Type on the RadioLynx transmitter to 1.
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ReacTime Firmware 1.40 Release Notes
Using RadioLynx with the ReacTime Championship System
1
Connect the RadioLynx receiver either to the Serial Cable port or to the
Line Printer port of the Command Center using the special cable provided.
2 Turn on the Command Center by pressing and holding the OFF/ON key
until the LCD reads ReacTime | Ready To Start.
3 Press the Menu key once. Use the up or down arrow keys to scroll
through the menus until you arrive at the Main Menu | System screen.
4 Press the Menu key again.
5 Use the up or down arrow keys to scroll through menus until you arrive at
the System | RadioLynx screen.
6 Press the Menu key again.
7 Use the up or down arrow keys to scroll through menus until you arrive at
the RadioLynx | Port screen.
8 Press the Menu key again.
9 Use the up or down arrow keys to scroll through menus until you arrive at
the Port | Printer Port screen.
10 Press the Menu key again save the changes. You are returned to the
ReacTime | Ready To Start screen.
Chapter 1 ReacTime Firmware 1.40 Release Notes
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Note: To send a start signal to the Command Center, set the Signal Type on
the RadioLynx transmitter to 0.
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CHAPTER 2
ReacTime Firmware 1.30 Release Notes
This chapter describes the new features in the ReacTime Block Sensor and
Command Center firmware version 1.30 since the release of 1.20.
In This Chapter
Internal gun outputs external signal ...................................11
Max headset volume ..........................................................11
"Idle Error" now includes offending lane...........................12
New "Headset Tones" Command Center option................12
Improvements in battery charge.........................................13
Normal detection setting less sensitive ..............................13
Internal gun outputs external signal
There is a new setting in the Block Sensor Training Menu called 12V Mode. It
can be set to either:
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Always On: this is the default setting, and it is how it has worked in the
past; or
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Pulse: causes the 12V connected to the gun and photoeye ports to turn
off for 100 ms when the internal gun fires, allowing an external signal to
be released.
Max headset volume
The maximum headset volume is now 7 instead of 10. It was reported that
values above 7 caused too much cross-talk between the headset speaker and
the headset microphone.
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ReacTime Firmware 1.40 Release Notes
"Idle Error" now includes offending
lane
When an Idle Error is reported, it now displays the offending lane.
Note: The lane reported here as well as the lane reported when an error
occurs going into the Ready state is the highest numbered lane that did not
work. It is possible that a lower numbered lane also did not work.
Tip: If a Block Sensor in one lane is reporting an error, find out whether
other Block Sensors in the lanes below it are also reporting errors by moving
the suspect unit to Lane 1. If you never get lane errors higher than 1, then
you know that Lane 1 is the only bad Block Sensor.
New "Headset Tones" Command
Center option
The new Headset Tones option in the Command Center contains two submenus:
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All: this is how the previous firmware version worked;
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Recall: choose this setting if you want only the recall tone to play in the
Starter's headset. The other tones, including Ready, Set, and Error, are
not heard.
Chapter 2 ReacTime Firmware 1.30 Release Notes
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Improvements in battery charge
Various changes have been made to more effectively charge the batteries in
the Block Sensor. These changes include:
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The voltage drop required to terminate charging has been increased to
help prevent premature termination.
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You must now allow the Block Sensor to fast-charge for 4 hours instead
of 3 to ensure that higher capacity batteries are fully charged.
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The slow-charge that follows the fast-charge has been lowered from 1
hour to 30 minutes.
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The minimum battery voltage to begin charging has been eliminated,
allowing batteries that go unused for a long time to be charged.
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Block Sensors no longer charge when external power is used to turn them
on. To turn charging on, go to the Settings | Change Battery menu in the
Block Sensor.
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When the Block Sensor is running off of battery, the battery symbol is
always solid, unless the battery is low. When low, the battery symbol is
hollow. As before, tap the power button to update the battery status.
Normal detection setting less
sensitive
The Normal detection setting is now less sensitive than the previous firmware
version's setting. After you load the new firmware, be sure to restore the
Block Sensor to the factory defaults so that the new Normal detection setting
is used.
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Index
C
Copyright Notice • 3
I
Improvements in battery charge • 13
Internal gun outputs external signal • 11
Introduction • 4
M
Max headset volume • 11
N
New • 5, 6, 12
New improved wireless card • 6
Normal detection setting less sensitive • 13
O
Obtaining Lynx products and information • 4
Obtaining technical support • 4
R
RadioLynx support added • 6
ReacTime Firmware 1.30 Release Notes • 11
ReacTime Firmware 1.40 Release Notes • 5
U
Using RadioLynx with the ReacTime
Championship System • 8
Using RadioLynx with the ReacTime Training
System • 7
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