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Brian H

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Re: WiFi Controller?
« Reply #15 on: November 28, 2016, 03:15:36 AM »
I have not seen a legitimate estimated date in the threads over on the X10 forums.
I understand they are still perusing the project and see updates from time to time.

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Re: WiFi Controller?
« Reply #16 on: November 29, 2016, 07:13:03 AM »
If they haven't started production, then they'll probably have to source components again as logic/comm chips seem to be changing very rapidly.  In the time that this device has been in the works, the ESP team (ESP8266 etc) has released and deprecated several very useful chips.  I don't know what the X10 guys are using, but it's possible they'd have issues with part availability if the design is tied to a specific chip rather than something more flexible.   ???

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« Reply #17 on: November 30, 2016, 06:38:54 AM »
It's now almost Dec. 2016. Is there a legitimate estimate from X10 as to when the wifi module will be available? Are they still working on it? Does it have any priority?

I haven't seen any progress report recently.  With Apple now entering the home automation market, I'm afraid that Authinx may be missing the window to get this to the market.

Back in the 80's several of us developed the Powerstar computer game cartridge for the Atari computer.  Development took too long, and disks were just coming into general use when it was released.  Disks were cheaper, and we lost our shirts on the project.

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Re: WiFi Controller?
« Reply #18 on: November 30, 2016, 08:00:50 AM »

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« Reply #19 on: November 30, 2016, 09:23:21 AM »
If you still have any, you could maybe buy a few shirts.

Yeah, they show up occasionally on eBay as collector items.  We only made about 600 cartridges that cost us about $10 each.  I have maybe 50 of them left in a box somewhere.  Of course, making them available would kill the price.

I was pretty proud of what we did for data compaction to fit over 200 screens like you see in that listing into a 16KB cartridge.  Each image was built up from graphic objects, and the budget for all the graphics was only 4KB.  (Yes, 4096 bytes.)  It was a different world back then.

The source code was so large that we had a to use a program to strip off the comments before we could do the assembly.  It took us about a year of nights and weekends to complete the project.

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« Reply #20 on: December 01, 2016, 08:01:59 AM »
Yeah, they show up occasionally on eBay as collector items.  We only made about 600 cartridges that cost us about $10 each.  I have maybe 50 of them left in a box somewhere.  Of course, making them available would kill the price.

LOL, you could single handedly flood the market and kill an industry.  Kinda like if people knew how many diamonds were available in the world they wouldn't pay anything for them.   ;)

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Re: WiFi Controller?
« Reply #21 on: December 01, 2016, 01:53:23 PM »
I contacted the Authinx owner directly on this just recently.
He is so frustrated with the manufacturer and app developer.
He said," he won't comment on a timeline as every time he does that they fly right past it.
It definitely won't be this year and doesn't expect it before the Chinese new year."
So no good news on this front I'm afraid. :(
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A warning label should have been added ;)

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« Reply #22 on: December 02, 2016, 11:21:02 AM »
Thanks for checking into this. At least it sounds like they are still working on this. When is the Chinese new year?

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« Reply #23 on: December 04, 2016, 06:31:02 AM »
Chinese New Year. Sometime in mid January. At least a week time period. Maybe even longer.
« Last Edit: December 04, 2016, 10:59:23 AM by Brian H »

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« Reply #24 on: March 28, 2017, 07:40:14 AM »
Looks like they missed the Chinese New Year. Anything new?

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Re: WiFi Controller?
« Reply #25 on: March 28, 2017, 10:20:18 AM »
No added information in the X10 Forums very long thread either.
http://forums.x10.com/index.php?topic=28628.0

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« Reply #26 on: March 28, 2017, 11:26:46 AM »
The factory shuts down for the full month of February for the new year.
Authinx was promised a production version a week ago however I know that promise wasn't met.
We can only hope it comes soon.
I've been told a extra unit was asked for so I could put it threw a work out as well.
If I'll see one is any ones guess but if I do I'll be sure to post.
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A warning label should have been added ;)

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Re: WiFi Controller?
« Reply #27 on: March 29, 2017, 08:06:00 AM »
Thanks for the update.

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« Reply #28 on: March 29, 2017, 03:40:04 PM »
The way this has stretched out, I wonder if that company in China is just stringing Authinx along taking their money, but never intending to deliver anything that really works.  Back at the lab a project like this would be done within 6 months.

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Re: WiFi Controller?
« Reply #29 on: March 29, 2017, 05:47:12 PM »
I had mentioned my same suspicions to Authinx prior to Christmas.
the amount of time and money that has went into this doesn't look like if it ever materializes that it will be a inexpensive device
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X10 turned me into a Software programmer.
A warning label should have been added ;)

 

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