This is a quick demo of a brand new feature/effect I’m working on for ProffieOS7.
It’s been just over 2-1/2 years since we introduced visual Preon effects (OS4 - video here: Introducing new Preon Effects for ProffieOS 4 Neopixel Lightsabers - YouTube) and now we’ve seen all kinds of variations of animations and sounds be developed. The only drawback, particularly for longer, drawn out preons, is “waiting” for your saber to ignite. It’s fun to have a sparking preon, like your saber’s a little faulty, but those are typically just long animations that have to run out before the saber ignites. Now with Interactive Preons, you can set the effect up to respond in real-time to any interactive control.
This demo is a faulty ignition, but just like when Han Solo smacked the Falcon, you can give your saber a smack (or in this version a quick twist) to get it to ignite and cut the preon effect short. With this style, if you just ignite and leave the saber be it will sputter 4 times before finally igniting, however, at any time during the preon, you can give it a hit or a quick twist in one direction (new Interactive control) and it will ignite immediately and interrupt the preon effect. This allows for a far more immersive and realistic feel from your saber.
The best part, everything is controlled by the style itself, which can now interact with the prop, allowing for each style to have it’s own unique controls. You can set up different presets to run with different interactive controls for preons or other effects and have multiple unique experiences on a single saber (more on that in future videos
This is just one example, we can build these new effects to respond to any of the interactive controls we want and we can have them run completely different in every preset. We can also create a preon that acts like a “security” feature. Where the saber won’t unlock unless you do a certain interactive step within a set amount of time from pushing the button. If you fail to unlock the saber it will not ignite, and there’s a ton more uses.
And the Interactive Preons is just one small new feature coming in OS7, I’m working with Fredrik on some really big, game-changing features and capabilities, but those are for another video, so stay tuned…