The PicoBoo PLUS has four 10 amp relay outputs brought out to two pluggable terminal blocks. Each outputs has both a normally-open and normally-closed contact so you can control just about anything.Up to 2 minutes of animation at 30 frames per second can be recorded.
The PicoBoo PLUS is also a step above our regular controllers in that you can also create sound AND animations during the ambient mode - in other models, you can only program sound in this mode. This means you can program some creepy movements to unsettle your guests before you hit them with the real show!
Just like the other PicoBoo controllers, programming the device is easy using the on-board buttons. You can program all of the controller's outputs at the same time or layer them one by one to create complex and dynamic arrangements. No weird button sequences to punch in or manuals to fumble with, just use one button for each outlet by pressing record and programming your animation.
The PicoBoo PLUS also uses a built-in flash memory sound chip so you can not only playback sounds, but you can record up to two minutes of your own. Just plug in any audio device right into the audio-in port and record the sound directly. It's simple and requires no software or file format conversion. You can also record up to 8 sounds which the device will automatically cycle through.
The PicoBoo PLUS comes with a 30 watt internal Class D amplifier so you can use standard speakers which are smaller and easier to hide in your props and around your scene.
The amplifier's full output power can only be realized with a 4 ohm speaker and a power supply of at least 3 amps. The standard 1 amp power supply is definitely loud, but as the volume increases to a certain point, you may notice some distortion.
The PicoBoo PLUS supports triggers such as infrared motion sensors, beam sensors, pressure sensor mats, and hand triggers through the use of a trigger input. You can also set up the controller to loop a program by using a small wire to connect the - and IN trigger pins.
Our selection of triggers can be seen here.
Like our other Halloween prop controllers, the PicoBoo PLUS has a safeguard mechanism to prevent you from accidentally erasing or modifying your carefully crafted program.
Yes, as long as the power supply is 12V DC and at least 1Amp. You can never have too many amps, but never supply more voltage!
That can be done by following the instructions in this document.
Yes, you can run them from a 12V battery. More information can be found here
Yes. Most reed switches are normally-closed, so depending on your application you might have to set the trigger mode on the PicoBoo to normally-closed too. Either way it will work.
Record the sequence on the PicoBoo but wait 10 seconds before tapping record to save. That will add 10 seconds of “post delay” during which time a sensor will not be able to activate the PicoBoo.
Simply connect a short jumper wire between (-) and (IN) and it will play the program continuously.
Each can be programmed separately or all at once. See "Recording One Output at a Time" in the product manual.
The way to do this is to record some silence into the beginning of your audio file.
No, the program will run to completion.
Generally diodes are not required. Sometimes very electrically noisy devices do require them (such as large motors). See the document Installing a DC Diode for feedback absorption for more information.
Yes, you simply connect a short jumper wire between (-) and (IN).
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.