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Wow, thanks to Fasttech I’m thinking I should get an android…

remember when you asked me why android is better than ios? this Silly dont you have an android based mini pc?

True. Silly Sadly the MK-802 doesn’t support bluetooth (no hardware and doesn’t support a bluetooth adapter). I still think Fasttech should release an iphone version (preferably one for jailbroken iphones with a quick access toggle). 

Unfortunately, Apple requires MFI and thus Apple tax to access Bluetooth data functionalities on iOS. We might be able to use it on Jailbroken phones but it’s worth the legal hassle.

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I have the FT app on my Samsung Galaxy player, but it FCs intermittently.

Looking at our internal work logs it seem that the problem was addressed a few days ago but not published on the Play Store. It’s published. Go ahead and update the app to see if it’s gone.

The app is simple and to the point. If there are quirks we’ll definitely work them out as soon as we can. I do understand your eagerness to see it but I’m not sure if there will be an alpha/beta since the actual release is only a few days away.

I only have a Mac. Can you tell what modes the light comes programmed with out of the box?

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The default is Mid > Low > High. If really want to you can run the Windows app via your favourite Mac OS virtual machine.

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i wonder if there will be a flood of bt drivers in the next year… i have heard of bt micro lights in development as well
As I understand it, Fasttech has already acquired patents on the technology and idea.  I know the owner is extremely wealthy and will bet he will do what is needed to protect his investment.

No offense but adding a BT interface isn’t really that difficult in the large gist of things. It would require redesigning drivers from the traditional norm but it could easily be done by the right people. People have been putting BT programming units on things longer than you might have thought of ;).

Making the App’s to control it and the code to interface with it may very well be able to be controlled by the person/corp who made it, however others could just as well make their own.

It looks cool, however I would still like the full metal + AR coating. Is there a way to have it so that it’s programmable, but not really useable outside of a few inches? The choice of host (Body thickness/Mounting, rings, etc) might make a difference too. Or an external antenna could be routed, or wrapped around in the body.

At first, I LOL when you said “antenna”, but that might be a great idea! What they could do is make a lanyard with the antenna in the lanyard? That way it’d be unobtrusive, but still provide the signal reception improvement? I’m not a radio engineer, but I wonder if that’d work?

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fasttech wrote:
scaru wrote:

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scaru wrote:

Wow, thanks to Fasttech I’m thinking I should get an android…

remember when you asked me why android is better than ios? this Silly dont you have an android based mini pc?

True. Silly Sadly the MK-802 doesn’t support bluetooth (no hardware and doesn’t support a bluetooth adapter). I still think Fasttech should release an iphone version (preferably one for jailbroken iphones with a quick access toggle). 

Unfortunately, Apple requires MFI and thus Apple tax to access Bluetooth data functionalities on iOS. We might be able to use it on Jailbroken phones but there may be potential legal hassles.

ohaya wrote:
I have the FT app on my Samsung Galaxy player, but it FCs intermittently.

Looking at our internal work logs it seem that the problem was addressed a few days ago but not published on the Play Store. It’s published now so go ahead and update the app to see if it’s gone.

The app is simple and to the point. If there are quirks we’ll definitely work them out as soon as we can. I do understand your eagerness to see it but I’m not sure if there will be an alpha/beta since the actual release is only a few days away.

I’ve been avoiding the app because of the FCs, but I’ll give it a try (I keep auto-update turned off, so I’ll have to it manually from Play).

And yes, I understand about the short timeframe.

Thanks,
Jim

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fasttech wrote:
The default is Mid > Low > High. If really want to you can run the Windows app via your favourite Mac OS virtual machine.

Maybe be you could have a *nix version. That way the Mac folks wouldn’t have to buy a Windows license to have your app (not me, I don’t use Macs :))?

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I just want to let users here know since there's a lot of enthusiast but not having a $10 coupon.

If there's a way to transfer coupon, I'll give mine since I am likely not to use it for this light (just out of my budget this time). PM me if there's a way Wink

 

 

 

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JohnnyMac wrote:

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i wonder if there will be a flood of bt drivers in the next year... i have heard of bt micro lights in development as well
As I understand it, Fasttech has already acquired patents on the technology and idea.  I know the owner is extremely wealthy and will bet he will do what is needed to protect his investment.

It's 4Sevens that came fist with the idea of a BT in a flashlight, not the same as FT though. $sevens said their flashlight is coming late this year because the patents needs to be aquired. And as I know this sort of patents are really slow to get in serious countries,  I do not know about China.

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Will the Windows App have the same functions as the android app? Sadly I have Android 2.3.7 on my phone – So the anrdoid app wont work, right?

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Yes Windows app offers all the configuration functionalities except for cloud and team support. The Android app should theoretically work with Android 2.1+ but it’s not guaranteed since the only device that we thoroughly tested it on are Android Honeycomb, ICS and JB.

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Really nice idea, I can see it growing in the future. I think the main issue as shown above will be making enough software to keep everyone happy. There are some many formats, how will fasttech keep up?

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Really nice idea, I can see it growing in the future. I think the main issue as shown above will be making enough software to keep everyone happy. There are some many formats, how will fasttech keep up?

I would assume that they have some kind of team/organization that’s focused on this area, vs. their “normal” business, because I don’t think that they could have come out with a product or product family like Asgard (with all the surrounding infrastructure, including the website) “out of thin air”.

I would also guess that they’re leveraging their existing relationships with manufacturers, e.g., using the Small Sun (or whoever is the real OEM for Small Sun) host, etc.

Just my opinion…

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maybe those interested could find a third party to code an app for jail broken ios?
i should have thought of the ios and BT issue. i have a BT code scanner/sensor reader for my car and an app on my phone that reads all the codes, and all the sensor data. my buddy at work wanted one but had an iphone. i phone doesnt allow data transfer over BT the same as android. for the same data tranfer he would have needed a wifi code scanner, which cost something like $100, compared to the $10-15 the BT one cost me

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Just saw this notice.

Flat top batteries notice:
If your batteries are completely flat top (i.e. the positive end does not extrusion at all), you’ll need some magnetic tabs to make them work with this flashlight.

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Is there going to be an edc version?

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Does anyone know the origin of the light’s name, Asgard?

Sounds like a cat walked over a keybaord. Silly

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ryansoh3 wrote:
Does anyone know the origin of the light’s name, Asgard?

Sounds like a cat walked over a keybaord. Silly


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ryansoh3 wrote:
Does anyone know the origin of the light’s name, Asgard?

Sounds like a cat walked over a keybaord. Silly

For me Asgard (or Asgård) is the home of Thor, Odin and some other important Norse goods. This is where they reside and where Odin rules from.

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Also remember that ‘Bluetooth’ is named after the Danish Viking King Harald Blåtand (Harald Bluetooth) so perhaps that’s where the inspiration for Asgard came from Smile

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Ah, thanks for the explanation guys.

Didn’t know what Asgard represented until I looked it up. Smile

Seems like FastTech put a lot of effort into this.

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hehe.. I was about to say the same. Even had the same Wikipedia link ready. I was just reading up on some stuff. Silly

I think those names are quite easy for people in the Northern Europe.
In Norway, its Åsgård.

Im sure the other lights will get cool names too. I think I remember Fasttech said they will get historic names based on mythical stuff/figures. Something along the lines with that.

On a side note. I highly recommend the tv-series Vikings! Great show. The Gods they pray to are from Norse Mythology.

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Fasttech chose the Asgard name for it's mythical symbology.  Asgard was chosen for the first light because they are planning on using the alphabetical order for the new light releases.  This was inspired by Android releases following alphabetical order.  The next light will start with "B", then "C", etc...

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I think Mjölnir would be a badazz name for the driver tech itself…it would look awesome on the box too! Silly

I’m wicked psyched to see the what the designated first reviewers say about the first Flex flashlights. Hurry up, mailmen.

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anyone googled flex asgard? asgard appears to be a bluetooth control protocol as well. coincidence?

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And Hexbright flex – Usb programable flashlight. Flex perhaps shorty to flexible.

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JAS wrote:
And Hexbright flex – Usb programable flashlight. Flex perhaps shorty to flexible.

hate to derail, but that light looks very interesting also… pricey, but interesting

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fasttech wrote:
The Android app should theoretically work with Android 2.1+ but it’s not guaranteed since the only device that we thoroughly tested it on are Android Honeycomb, ICS and JB.

I’m glad to hear that, since my only bluetooth device is running CyanogenMod 7 (Android 2.3). So, maybe I can use it after all!

I’d prefer a smaller light (Convoy S3 size) for programming purposes, but I’ll probably still buy it if I can get the app to work. I’m just not sure that a thrower has as much need for the extra flexibility, since throwers are most useful on 100% output instead of more interesting modes.

With any luck, I’m hoping to give it a variety of true-strobe modes at different speeds. It would be useful, for, among other things, making a seemingly-impossible water fountain… the video works because the camera is running at 24Hz with short exposures, but the same could be done with a 24Hz strobe light in a relatively dark place. Strobe lights are fun for other things too though, and I’d love to have a ~1000 lumen one I can EDC.

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JohnnyMac wrote:

Fasttech chose the Asgard name for it’s mythical symbology.  Asgard was chosen for the first light because they are planning on using the alphabetical order for the new light releases.  This was inspired by Android releases following alphabetical order.  The next light will start with “B”, then “C”, etc…


Do you know when we will see “B”, “C”,… lights?
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I’d love to know more about how programmable the Asgard is. For example, does its programming language have any form of logical control structures and loops? Can it stay on while the power button is being pressed, for things like press-and-hold to ramp the output? Does the language have a concept of variables and mathematical operations? How much space is available for storing programs / modes? Can the user define multiple mode groups and switch between them with well-timed button presses? Is there any type of random number generator, for things like a randomly-varying strobe mode? Etc…

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nekdo12 wrote:
JohnnyMac wrote:

Fasttech chose the Asgard name for it’s mythical symbology.  Asgard was chosen for the first light because they are planning on using the alphabetical order for the new light releases.  This was inspired by Android releases following alphabetical order.  The next light will start with “B”, then “C”, etc…


Do you know when we will see “B”, “C”,… lights?

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ToyKeeper wrote:
fasttech wrote:
The Android app should theoretically work with Android 2.1+ but it’s not guaranteed since the only device that we thoroughly tested it on are Android Honeycomb, ICS and JB.

I’m glad to hear that, since my only bluetooth device is running CyanogenMod 7 (Android 2.3). So, maybe I can use it after all!

I’d prefer a smaller light (Convoy S3 size) for programming purposes, but I’ll probably still buy it if I can get the app to work. I’m just not sure that a thrower has as much need for the extra flexibility, since throwers are most useful on 100% output instead of more interesting modes.

With any luck, I’m hoping to give it a variety of true-strobe modes at different speeds. It would be useful, for, among other things, making a seemingly-impossible water fountain… the video works because the camera is running at 24Hz with short exposures, but the same could be done with a 24Hz strobe light in a relatively dark place. Strobe lights are fun for other things too though, and I’d love to have a ~1000 lumen one I can EDC.

Sorry to jump on this sub-thread, but I can’t find fasttech’s post above…

FastTech,

What you said about “theoretically work with Android 2.1+” is good, but then, can you ensure that your developers don’t do something, or configure something, in the app that would explicitly PREVENT it from running on, say, Gingerbread? I’ve seen (and been frustrated by) too many Android apps that just won’t install on a specific version (i.e., Gingerbread) because the app developers configured the app to exclude certain versions of Android when they implemented their app.

I don’t know about others, but if I was going to buy an Asgard (and I am now seriously considering it), a lot of its value (and possible usage scenarios) would be lost to me if I couldn’t use the Android app.

Thanks,
Jim

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Woody wrote:
Clever stuff. It would be nice if it had a tripod mount, since it can be remotely operated. I hope the GITD button can be easily replaced - I think it looks cheap. (yes, I know it _is_ cheap, especially with the coupon). 8)

Pretty sure it's the same as my T60; a boot change would be quick and easy . . .

 

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