Page 1 of 4 123 ... LastLast
Results 1 to 10 of 36
  1. #1
    Join Date
    Jul 2012
    Location
    Cumming Ga
    Posts
    250

    Default Big Idea, need a little help though

    mastercraft.jpg

    Ok I have a project going right now to add a touch screen in the LSV. I went to the Atlanta boat show a few weeks ago and saw the XStar ballast control screen. It is very basic but gives you the ability to control exact weight per bag. This can easily be done but I am wanting to get your thoughts on if you think it is better to have the touch screen do the control of the pumps or just have a monitor screen that tells you the weight per bag and still has you flip switches to fill and empty.

    I have a little program written already to monitor but wonder if it would be better to control from the screen as well and totally do away with the switches. I can make it so there are preset values per rider and get really crazy with it but I am wondering if its going to be a big waste of my time.

    Need a little feedback on this pro's and con's The picture here shows the MC ballast control screen. Let me know what you guys think. Is it important to know what weight you have in the bags or is it a waste of time.

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Jul 2011
    Location
    Murrieta, CA
    Posts
    790

    Default Big Idea, need a little help though

    That is awesome that you could pull this off. I'll be watching this thread.
    2010 Moomba XLV
    340hp cat
    Gravity 3, wake plate
    Rad-a-cage

    I have a love for ballast and large wakes.
    1100 v-drive lockers
    1180 under the playpen
    + lead and a collection of other ballast bags

  3. #3
    Join Date
    May 2009
    Location
    Carlton Oregon
    Posts
    5,615

    Default

    Chad, thats awesome, i know you gave me a hint to the idea a while back but this is awesome.

    Honestly i would go all out on the design and options, espeacially if you want to go the route me and you spoke about.

    I would still leave the Switches and the option to use them.

    This is what Supra did with the SA. This is why there is sooo many toggle switches, they are the backup to the screen. Also they are there if you have someone new in the boat and doesnt know how to use the screen they can just flip the switch.
    Malo <--- Means--Evil or Mean One. This explains a lot.
    2013 Mojo 2.5 Skylon Tower. Bestia < Beast >
    Exile ZLD
    6 SX65M Cabins
    6 XM9 Towers
    1 XI Big 15 Woofer in a custom Fiberglass box
    1 XI 1K Harpoon
    2 XI 800.4
    1 XI 2500.1
    2 Interstate 2400U 6V Golf Cart Batterties
    Custom 1 Off Evolution Cover

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Nov 2003
    Location
    Land O Lakes, Florida
    Posts
    5,697

    Default

    go for it, with the full on options
    Hey, Its Moomba time

    13 Mobius LSV
    08 Mobius LSV-sold
    03 Mobius LSV-sold

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Mar 2011
    Location
    Belton, Texas
    Posts
    2,547

    Default Big Idea, need a little help though

    this might be worth a million bucks. gonna watch this thread closely


    sent from my home phone
    Jason

    Go Hard or Go Home.......it's MOOMBA time!!

    2009 Moomba Mobius LSV

  6. #6
    Join Date
    Jun 2007
    Location
    Vancouver, WA
    Posts
    3,514

    Default

    Very cool idea - as for the actual weight given? I'd say if that is a difficult part to include it would be one of the first I would consider cutting out. Kind of like the "lie-o-meter" in your car telling you the current MPG. Don't really believe it most of the time.

    If I've got 1100lb bags and it says, or looks like, they're 98% full, that's good enough for me.

    Now can you port it over to be a smartphone app too???
    2001 MobiusV

  7. #7
    Join Date
    Jul 2012
    Location
    Cumming Ga
    Posts
    250

    Default

    Percentage full and weight is going to be almost the same exact thing. Its just a different math formula in the controller.

    Quote Originally Posted by bergermaister View Post
    Very cool idea - as for the actual weight given? I'd say if that is a difficult part to include it would be one of the first I would consider cutting out. Kind of like the "lie-o-meter" in your car telling you the current MPG. Don't really believe it most of the time.

    If I've got 1100lb bags and it says, or looks like, they're 98% full, that's good enough for me.

    Now can you port it over to be a smartphone app too???

  8. #8
    Join Date
    Jun 2007
    Location
    Vancouver, WA
    Posts
    3,514

    Default

    Gotcha. So do you setup or recalibrate for the different size of bags you are running?

    I'm also in the camp of having both touch control and manual switches would be cool. Old school and New school.

    And what about that bluetooth enabled smartphone app?
    2001 MobiusV

  9. #9
    Join Date
    Jul 2012
    Location
    Cumming Ga
    Posts
    250

    Default

    The one thing that's holding me back a little is the are where I'm going to mount the thing. I dont know exactly where I should put it. I have an option of a 3, 4, or 6 inch screen. If I go with the 3 inch it is a black and white screen and more than likely will just be to monitor whats going on. If I go with the 4 or 6 inch screen then its harder to find a good place for it but I can go with a fully auto ballast system where I can select ski, surf left, surf right, or wakeboard and have it automatically fill to my pre-selected weights. I started on one of the screens on my own mocking what the others have done.

    I am having a really hard time posting pictures I cant figure out why I can attach one to this thread. I have a picture of a screen that I already made for the main screen

  10. #10
    Join Date
    Jul 2012
    Location
    Cumming Ga
    Posts
    250

    Default

    Getting a little crazy with the bluetooth thing, I don't have that level of knowledge. I am also thinking about running both switches and screen BUT the issue of where to put it still remains. I was thinking about putting it in the same spot as the switches. Anyone with any ideas would be awesome.

    Quote Originally Posted by bergermaister View Post
    Gotcha. So do you setup or recalibrate for the different size of bags you are running?

    I'm also in the camp of having both touch control and manual switches would be cool. Old school and New school.

    And what about that bluetooth enabled smartphone app?

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •