PicoBoo controllers are reliable and easy to use - no fussing around with complicated programs or code is needed. With all of our prop controllers, all you need to do is hit the record button, create your perfect sequence, then hit the record button again to save it.
The PicoBoo is the most cost-effective prop controller that supports audio using a built-in flash memory sound chip that can record up to two minutes. Best of all, you can set up any audio device using the controller's audio-in and put sounds right on the sound chip. No need to do any sound format conversion or mess with computers and installing drivers.
Record up to 8 sounds - the PicoBoo will automatically select and play them them through each sequence.
PicoBoo actually features a 30 watt internal Class D amplifier on-board so you can use smaller and easier to hide standard speakers instead of bulky powered speakers. This makes the PicoBoo an incredibly useful controller for building props with sound.
The amplifier's full output power can only be achieved with a 4 ohm speaker and a power supply of 3 amps minimum. Using a standard 1 amp power supply is still fairly loud, but at higher volume, there may be some distortion.
The PicoBoo has two 10 amp relay outputs brought out to a pluggable terminal block. The two relays give the possibility to use different voltages - rig up a light to one and use a 12 volt solenoid to the other, for example. Each relay also has both a normally-open and normally-closed contact.
You can record up to two minutes of animation at 30 FPS.
The PicoBoo also has a trigger input so you can wire in the trigger of your choosing. Whether you want to use a beam sensor, infrared motion sensor, or just set up a simple button for people to push, the PicoBoo controller can be activated using a wide variety of triggers. Or, if you want the animation to go on a loop, just use a small piece of wire to connect the minus and the IN trigger pins.
Browse our selection of triggers and learn more about them right here.
When the PicoBoo isn't active and freaking out your guests, it stays in an "ambient" mode, allowing you to program a background sound to creep out your guests as they approach. Ambient mode is specifically designed for only audio programming.
We've learned the hard way how painful it is to lose your perfect program, so all of the PicoBoo controllers have a mechanism in place to make sure you don't accidentally overwrite or change your programs.
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.
The way to do this is to record some silence into the beginning of your audio file.
No, the program will run to completion.
Yes, the 12V power supply included with the PicoBoo controllers will run off of 220V 50hz power as well as 110V 60hz.
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.
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