Does anyone remember the UI of the 4sevens Quark series?
There were 2 output groups, selectable via twist. In this image, you can see the contact ring on the PCB:
When loose, the sequence was low-mid-high-sos-beacon, when tightened, the sequence was turbo-strobe.
I convinced a lot of friends to buy these lights, as they were foolproof to operate. You could start them either in low or in turbo, or switch between these two in an instant, and this without mode memory. I don’t really need these blinky modes, but apart from that, the best UI I have come across yet.
And here’s the kicker: With all these advanced programming possibilities we have today, we could program, for example, an individual Biscotti (Flashlight User Interface Cheatsheets) for each output group.
This would emulate the Quark UI without blinkies:
Loose: 0.1, 1, 10, 50 (w/o memory)
Or you could have the same output group for both loose and tight, but once without, and once with memory. So you could use the twist to switch momory on or off.
Think of it, the possibilities are endless…
Or, for twisty fans, the end switch could be replaced with a cap and the programming could be switched to “twisty mode”. This should all be possible with today’s hard- and software.
The product would truly be a flashlight for everyone, if the manufacturer included a swith cap and a normal end cap.
You could have a clicky or twisty with the same product, and you could set up modes and memory as you wish.
And this concept would also work for other light types, not just AA.
What do you think of this idea?