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  • #31
    B_E_01355 is published.
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    • #32
      B_E_01356 is published.
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      • #33
        B_E_01357 is published

        Extended the time LEDs shows "downloading" - an animated sequence down - when FW updates.
        Please don't power down Mecha from power button while LEDs shows "downloading".
        FW updates will appear to take a bit longer or like twice as much if done from older FW.
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        • #34
          B_E_01358 is published

          U.I. Added a simple [info] button top-left, ATM only as link to /new page, in future it will link to a better suited help.
          Moved the [E1] rotator selector next to pooling interval selector.
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          • #35
            B_E_01359 is published.

            Added code [2] [3] [<] to disable or enable the motor.
            [Reboot] command from U.I. will be ignored if the motor is disabled.
            When motor is disabled, the power LED will blink rarely
            and in UI "(o)" will be shown in top, for now..
            This is useful to prevent Mecha turning by accident while charging,
            kids protection, or to simulate the use for learning purpose, saves energy and the battery can be charged faster.
            There are other applications, not listed here, to save space.
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            • #36
              Just did an update for 01359...the info button show 01359 but when loading(ring) the remote interface on the iphone, it shows 01358. Remote interface not being updated with the correct FW version??

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              • #37
                FW Update...pressing the row tab shows the correct version but going back to ring still shows 01358....FYI

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                • #38
                  Thanks for reporting, will be fixed today, FW is good, is just a label which wasn't updated properly and is not yet with automatic sync.

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                  • #39
                    B_E_01360 is published.

                    U.I. Replaced the symbol for motor disabled.

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                    • #40
                      01360 now shows correct update in fw on UI and info,,,Quick response....much appreciated...!!

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                      • #41
                        B_E_01361 is published.

                        If started by charger, Mecha will consume less power until the first move.
                        This will charge the battery faster if was plugged in only for charging.

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                        • #42
                          B_E_01362 is published.

                          Addressed an issue regarding battery percent in U.I. not being updated during repeat delays.
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                          • #43
                            B_E_01365 is published.

                            Added following codes:
                            [1] [2] [3] [2] [1] [<] for backlash compensation calibration.
                            After the code is entered, Mecha will turn slowly to right, then power LED will start flashing.
                            After that, is need to press [p] (power button) when you see/feel the Mecha starts moving very slightly to left
                            You can use the viewfinder, LIVE view with zoom, other devices attached like a laser pointer, so on..
                            or simply feel by hand when that small movement begins.

                            A tip from an old photographer ;)
                            If you have R1 with camera in portrait with grip up and no Live view and need to look through viewfinder to see when the small movement begin,
                            you can look with left eye, and so is no need to close the right eye.
                            if the camera is with grip down you can look with the right eye, no need to close the left one.
                            This will make the process more bearable.

                            At the end, the LEDs will show, say, ":24" where 24 is the new calibration factor, is around this value.
                            You can repeat the code if you want to do it better or have more precise ways to determine the small movement.
                            You can cancel the procedure with any other button when [p] flashing, or press power button right after it starts flasing to have no compensation at all or it will time-out in 5 minutes if no buttons are pressed.
                            In the (far) future might be a simple add on to be attached to AUX port to do this completely automatic.

                            [1] [2] [3] [1] [2] [3] [<] for speed calibration
                            The procedure takes 1 hour and is silent, the motor isn't moving.
                            Please wait until Mecha turns OFF automatically, and don't use it from web interface.
                            This is need to be done only once and can be ignored, as default factory calibration is good.
                            This cannot be canceled once started.

                            Both codes can be used only if you think are necessary for your application.
                            The procedures will be available from web interface as well, at some point in time.
                            Both procedures save the results automatically.
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                            • #44
                              Now you only need to explain what speed calibration is good for. And although i believe to know i'm sure most users ask the same about backlash compensation.

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                              • #45
                                Speed calibration is for, say, 6 RPM set in interface to be close to the computed 6 RPM,
                                It can be ignored, as from factory the speed calibration is good enough, deviations are small.

                                and

                                Backlash compensation is to compensate the backlash of the gear assembly, to have better precision for left - right moves,
                                like rewind to initial position, for cable protection or in case of partial panoramas and time-lapse.
                                Is good if it can be done, maybe after long period of time, after gear wears, to be re-done,

                                I believe, first batch were sent without compensation, as this procedure was WIP,
                                You can know if there is compensation set if at start you can hear or see some small movement left-right.

                                If is no movement at start then compensation is 0 or not set.

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