One of our readers (mpj) drop a very interesting comment into the post about the "First comments" to the new 2H2010 sets, which I didn't realize before.
"...is it the same Remote Control? Look carefully..."
I zoom the image immediately to 800-1000% and Uauuu!!! Much likely it isn't!
Lets take a look side-by-side...
It looks we have here a kind of joystick in a new PF IR Remote type.
This is something we all have wished to have before, evaluating by the number of contraptions many have developed around the original remote...
Somehow I thought LEGO would never do such thing, preferring to restrict the increase in parts diversity and leaving us with the "responsibility" to push for our own creativeness, with the already existing elements.
From the image we can suggest to see a joystick handle in the upper side of each remote, but I'm not so sure about the lower part where it uses to be the channel selector. Can it be a different channel selector?
The thumb over the remote on the right, suggests some more interactive function.
On the sides, it looks we continue to have the polarity switches.
The immediate questions that come into my mind, are:
- Are this the same kind of bang-bang levers in a joystick setup?
- Or are they proportional and control speed at the same time they allow to control two functions simultaneously?
I guess each remote still handles one PF channel and two motors simultaneously.
So, 2 remotes, still 4 functions and 4 motors.
This definitely has some impacts on the model playability and changes the logic we have been thinking till now, for the way this Excavator can be controlled.
The fact is that I'm not imagining th three sections from the Excavator arm (boom, dipper and bucket) being controlled independently by joystick remotes...
So the only way I can imagine it now, is:
- The first remote (joystick) to control the drivetrain.
It could be 2x M, 2x XL or 1x M + 1x XL in case of DDD.
Despite the box image to suggest that all the motors are from the same size, which doesn't mean it can't still change at the current stage.
As this is the kind of machinery that moves slow, the M-motors might still be an option.
- The second remote (joystick) to rotate the superstructure and control the arm, where all the sections would move tied together (arm opening and retracting).
This would open also the possibility to place two motors on the drivetrain, and thus avoiding the need to deliver 2 functions through the turntable and associated complexity.
Of course the blurred image can still hide some secrets, which may still change the way we see how this model could be operated.
Share your thoughts.
Humm!... somehow I still "see" four levers, protruding from those two remotes...
Despite one much sharper, in each remote. But the resolution is really low and the image augmented.
Quite confused at the moment!!
Last Update: 2009.Dec.26 20:00 CET