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Profile Designer Suggestions

    • 7 posts
    February 22, 2015 10:06 PM CET

    Post suggestions for the Profile designer here.

    • 7 posts
    February 22, 2015 10:13 PM CET

    Here are some of my suggestions:

    New Controls

    • Add a text label as an option, so you can install labels on your dashboard like "up, down, compressor, headlights", or support automaticaly adding labels to controls as part of the control's properties (ex: slider could have two values for each end of the control, and/or an overall placard, user decides which values to display.)
    • Create a radiobutton style control that sends a preset amount of power for a preset duration to a given port. Useful for things like pneumatic switch engines or stepwise geartrains. Each radio button option would have its own power, direction, and duration seting. The exact number of buttons in the radiobutton set would be user-determined.

    Changes to the designer

    • Selecting a control on the designer surface should select the control from the object menu at left, and should automatically expose its property windows for editing.
    • Hovering over a control resource should preview the resource on the designer surface, on the control that is currently being edited.
    • The designer surface desperately needs a zoom/fit-to-window feature.

    Hope someone's watching this thread.

    • 6 posts
    March 3, 2015 3:49 PM CET

    In order to aligne the different elements, it would be interresting to have a grid (different sizes) and the option "Snap to Grid".

    • 6 posts
    March 27, 2015 1:45 PM CET

    +1 for grid + snap top grid, and +1 for a window that actually fits. I've got a 1080p screen, which is more than my phone has, but I still have to scroll in the designer :)

     

    I've got some other idea's, but they probably fall under 'profile' instead of 'designer':

    - On analog controls (joystick, slider) that do not auto-reset: Allow for a 'dead' zone so 0 is not 1 pixel wide / high, but (adjustable) 5% or 10% of the height

    - On the joystick, differentiate between auto-reset for the X-axis and the Y-axis. For instance, maintain speed, but return steering servo to center.

    - On analog controls, let us set the minimum duty cycle. On the lower end all the motors do is whine, they don't turn. The 'values'-option lets us set a maximum, but not a minimum (around the 0)

    - On analog controls, choose between a linear scale or an exponential scale, for more control in the slower speeds

    Any maybe, but that's a bit advanced, a reversing auto-reset (full power) or reversing auto-reset (reverse movement) for all those (older?) steering MOC's that are not using the servo motor? I had 0.76 seconds of 56% duty cycle so when I release the slider the motor should turn the other way for 0.76*0.56/100 = 0.43 seconds @ 100% (full power) or 0.76 seconds @ 56% (reverse movement)

  • April 1, 2015 1:01 AM CEST
    Indicators or able to repeat a button for flashing lights
    • 42 posts
    May 11, 2015 6:28 PM CEST

    Hi Support Team,

    Please let me know, how can I share a profile (attached) that I have created in PD, with another user? When this functionality will be available, if it is not working yet?

    Thanks, 

    Peter

  • May 16, 2015 5:04 PM CEST

    I know in the app you can see the battery level under bricks. It would be nice if you can have it display in the profile you are running in realtime.

    • 4 posts
    August 6, 2015 12:41 PM CEST

    It can be iteresting to have the possibility to add an IP Cam to our profils.

    With the free soft IPcam (android) we can change an old smatphone on a camera usable by an internet page.

    if we can add this page to our profile, we will have the possibility to manipule our creation without a direct vue on it.

    Here is a beta version of an EV3 spycam:


    This post was edited by Ken Wautelet at August 6, 2015 12:42 PM CEST
    • 10 posts
    September 16, 2015 5:04 PM CEST

    I thnk it is really important to control coupled motor with an sbrick to make possible that slider, joystick an buttons can control more than 1 channel simoultaneously!

    • 236 posts
    September 17, 2015 12:45 PM CEST

    Hi Pablo,

    It is already possible. You can control more motors or leds simoultaneously with one slider/button/joystick ;)

    • 10 posts
    September 17, 2015 3:28 PM CEST

    Tamas Misik said:

    Hi Pablo,

    It is already possible. You can control more motors or leds simoultaneously with one slider/button/joystick ;)

     

     

    how can I? from the app? (my ipod is broken now and I don't have an sbrick, so I can't see if there are many features) thank you for the answer!

    • 236 posts
    September 17, 2015 3:34 PM CEST

    Yes, from the app. You can set it up easily :) 

  • September 25, 2015 4:02 PM CEST
    Can you implement the battery voltage and the sbrick temperature into the profile Editor? Maybe as free movable Data fields? So one can always See the actual stats? This would be great and should be possible as you already have the information in the App. Thanks a lot, Chris
    • 4 posts
    October 29, 2015 9:17 AM CET

    Did you thing that it was possible to create an app for android wear ?

    My watch have a gyro, and it can be fun to command my Sbrick directly by movement of my hand.

    • 236 posts
    October 29, 2015 10:28 AM CET

    @Horst,

    Yes, it will be available. We are working on that. 

    @Ken,

    Good question. I will contact with our developers about this. 

    • 236 posts
    October 29, 2015 10:35 AM CET

    Ken Wautelet said:

    Did you thing that it was possible to create an app for android wear ?

    My watch have a gyro, and it can be fun to command my Sbrick directly by movement of my hand.



    Yes it will possible. We will support the wearable devices and bluetooth joysticks as well :) 

    • 2 posts
    November 10, 2015 8:26 AM CET

    I used SBrick for a few weeks, and find that the current Profole Designer can not implement some of my ideas.

    Here is the thing I want to see in the comming designer:

     

    More flexible. More programmable.

     

    I want to "filter" the value sent to my motors.  Use variables, if, switch case, math, boolean... etc. 

    Like EV3, I want to *script* something. Not just use the control value directly.

     

    Thanks.

     

    • 1 posts
    November 28, 2015 8:08 PM CET

    Link channel values. For example, if I have a slider on the drive channel and a stop button on the drive channel that sets the value to zero, the slider should also reset to zero.

    • 10 posts
    January 22, 2016 1:37 AM CET

    Jason Waldrip said:

    Link channel values. For example, if I have a slider on the drive channel and a stop button on the drive channel that sets the value to zero, the slider should also reset to zero.

     

    +1, agreed.

    Just configured the profile with set of controls and it was suprise for me that button which I confirgured to =0 didn't reset other contols linked to the same chanel (sliders). It's really should be done, but please make adttional option to skip/ignore it also too.

    • 140 posts
    January 22, 2016 10:47 AM CET

    Alexandr Lukinov said:

    Jason Waldrip said:

    Link channel values. For example, if I have a slider on the drive channel and a stop button on the drive channel that sets the value to zero, the slider should also reset to zero.

     

    +1, agreed.

    Just configured the profile with set of controls and it was suprise for me that button which I confirgured to =0 didn't reset other contols linked to the same chanel (sliders). It's really should be done, but please make adttional option to skip/ignore it also too.

     

    Hi,

     

    You can link the controls in the app. If you have a slider with CH name x and a button with the shame CH (Channel name) then it will works.

     

    • 7 posts
    January 23, 2016 11:31 AM CET
    Is it possible to make under the categorie resource something like symbols like the one's used in most of the profiles like arrows,legs in/out, tipper symbol al those kind of stuf so actually ad ons whitout function but easy to implement into the design
    Would be nice for the one's not so handy in the grafic parts
    Kinda drag and drop for example: set the slider for the boom of a crane drag and drop the symbol for the boom next to it done
    I think this one would work out great for a lot of people
    Grtz nick
    • 10 posts
    January 31, 2016 10:19 PM CET

    Lénárd Pásztor said:

    Hi,

    You can link the controls in the app. If you have a slider with CH name x and a button with the shame CH (Channel name) then it will works.

     

    Just double checked and result is negative, unfortunatelly. I wish we tlak aboout teh same things, so let me exmplain the sitiation.

    Probably it's just my wrong opinion, so please correct me then.

    I made a slider with "auto reset = no" setting (to keep the given value) and added button with "auto reset = yes", both with the same name of chanel. Then I did follwing:

     1. Moved the slider to ~0.85 position (close to uppper limit) and leaved it. Motor continued to rotate with desired speed. Slider also remained at a given position. Everyting fine so far.

    2. Then I pressed and hold for a seconds (just to validate result) the button. Motor rotated with maximum speed and then stopped. Button flased while I keept it pressed and then dimmed. But slider still remained at previuos position despite of thr fact that actual value of this chanells was "0".

     

    I think it's just about the feedback in GUI. Electricl part works amazing.

     

    P.S. Updated Profile Designer is just amazing, bravo for the whole team!

    P.P.S. One more suggestion for Profile Designer are possible could impact the SBrick app as well. Battery charge level indicator. Seriously, I see no trouble to have some "bar" (or anyting more usefull) are will show the actulal level since the SBrick can see this information. And benefit is so awersome: you can see the the actual level of charge and/or possible get the notification are warned you about critical level of charge.

     


    This post was edited by Alexandr Lukinov at February 1, 2016 11:38 PM CET
    • 111 posts
    March 11, 2016 11:46 PM CET

    Hi!

    I have two sugestions for extra features on the controles:

    - turn off the motor at zero

    - quick turn off

    My castle Gate House has 3 slides (liftbridge, portcullis and bells). When I bring the slide to zero, the motor stops but it keeps "humming". For a crane that's good (it breaks/holds position) but I would prefer an option to choose between break and stop.

    During PLUG exhibition sometimes people passed between me and the Castle while controlling the liftbridge or the portcullis and I felt the need for a quick turn-off to release all tension. Releasing the slides is not enough (with auto-reset and the above suggestion would be enough but without auto-reset motors just keep running).

    • 10 posts
    March 15, 2016 11:38 PM CET

    i think that there is an important features to add:

    -SKID STEER JOYSTICK

    explaining my idea:

    one of the most difficult things to do with lego remotes is to control tracks with a joystick.like remote, i think that joysticks in the profile editor should have a setting to "allow skid steer" so they work mixing channel, full up means channel left and right (not called steering and accelerator) full forward; top right means left channel full forward and full right means left channel full forward and right channel full backward

    this could be really useful to control tracked veichle with one finger

    • 448 posts
    March 16, 2016 1:45 PM CET

    Jorge Pereira said:

    Hi!

    I have two sugestions for extra features on the controles:

    - turn off the motor at zero

    - quick turn off

    My castle Gate House has 3 slides (liftbridge, portcullis and bells). When I bring the slide to zero, the motor stops but it keeps "humming". For a crane that's good (it breaks/holds position) but I would prefer an option to choose between break and stop.

    During PLUG exhibition sometimes people passed between me and the Castle while controlling the liftbridge or the portcullis and I felt the need for a quick turn-off to release all tension. Releasing the slides is not enough (with auto-reset and the above suggestion would be enough but without auto-reset motors just keep running).



    Hello, 

    Place a simple button on your profile. Set the same Chanel name to the button and the slider as well. Give a 0 output value for the button.

    It will immediately stop the motor, and the slider jump to the zero point, and it won't "humming". :) 

    I hope, i could helped to you. 

    Best wishes, 

    Balint Mezei - SBrick Team