Record up to 85 seconds of motor or light animation per input. Connect the inputs to any standard sensor, button, or switch, and the PicoVolt will play your animation back on command.
Having the second input is especially useful for Linear Actuators. One input could be used to raise the actuator, another to lower it. It's also useful in Escape Room applications, you can set it up so one input is triggered by a sensor in the room and the other input is a hidden reset button used to reset the prop.
Of course simply looping animation for an ambient prop is still possible. If desired, the second input could be used to interrupt or pause the ambient animation.
The PicoVolt can read the internal park switch of many wiper motors to determine its home position. The PicoVolt can then bring your motor back to that position at the end of the animation. It can let it coast to a stop, or stop it instantly using the brake output mode. Make sure your motor has a park wire if you want to use this option.
The PicoVolt also has an LED lighting mode that allows you to easily program any lighting effect. Loop the effect, or play it only when triggered.
The new PicoVolt is Escape Room ready. It can be setup so it only runs once per game, maybe to open a door or secret compartment when a certain puzzle is solved. The second input can be used to reset it, closing the door and allowing it to be triggered again.
If you don't need or want to worry about resetting it, you can bypass the reset input and the PicoVolt will operate in a single-shot mode. In this mode it only runs the animation once per trigger. For example, you might want some animation to run when a sensor detects an object is moved, but only once. The single-shot mode prevents looping and automatically re-arms the trigger once the object is replaced.
The PicoVolt has five different input modes. The modes allow you to set inputs as interruptible, to only run once, or so they work with normally-closed triggers. Some modes are good for haunt applications, some for escape rooms, and some for generic applications.
A brief description of each input mode is shown below.
The PicoVolt has five different output modes. The output behaves slightly different in each mode.
A brief description of each output mode is shown below. See the Quick Start at the bottom of the page for more information.
The PicoVolt must be powered by a 9 to 24 volt DC power supply. That said most applications will be using 12 volt motors or LEDs so 12 volts is by far the most popular.
The wattage you need depends on what you're controlling. Pretty much all wiper motor applications will require at least the 12vDC 5 Amp Power Supply. Most linear actuators will require a 10 amp power supply. Some LED setups will be fine with the 12 watt supply, however larger ones may need more. Add up the wattage of all your LED lights and make sure the power supply you choose has a wattage at least that high.
The PicoVolt has a write protection mechanism that helps prevent accidental or unwanted program changes.
NO! Motions sensors from the hardware store are 120V AC and will burn up the controller. Only 12VDC trigger devices must be used with the controllers.
Yes, as long as the motor is 12V DC.
Yes, you simply connect a short jumper wire between (-) and (IN).
No, the program will run to completion.
Simply connect a short jumper wire between (-) and (IN) and it will play the program continuously.
When using our parking motor with the PicoVolt use the yellow wire and ignore the black.
No, the PicoVolt can only handle up to 3 amps which is about as much as one of our prop motors requires.
Yes, the PicoVolt supports Linear Actuators.
Yes, you can run them from a 12V battery. More information can be found here
No, solenoids should never be connected to the PicoVolt.