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Old 02-18-2007, 10:56 AM #1
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just sharing a bit. a while back Senkat and myself were communicating about safety concerns and he mentioned 2 me about an IR detector card from Ratshak, had one myself 4 ages BUT check this out! last week i took apart a dvd burner for the diode...musta missed the red one but got the IR diode out and powered up off the board from a cheapo RED pointer. long/short :IRdetector card showed NO indicaction of IR energy at all, but with Night Vision i was able to verify my new IR laser works! seems OKfor some burnin n poppin, just no inferno. anybody know could a different board giv a boost in performance? or why the card gave no indication? i've used it years to ck tv remotes.


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just sharing a bit. a while back Senkat and myself were communicating about safety concerns and he mentioned 2 me about an IR detector card from Ratshak, had one myself 4 ages BUT check this out! last week i took apart a dvd burner for the diode...musta missed the red one but got the IR diode out and powered up off the board from a cheapo RED pointer. long/short :IRdetector card showed NO indicaction of IR energy at all, but with Night Vision i was able to verify my new IR laser works! seems OKfor some burnin n poppin, just no inferno. anybody know could a different board giv a boost in performance? or why the card gave no indication? i've used it years to ck tv remotes.
OH CRAP....that is baaaaad news Maybe it only works for certain wavelengths ? That has GOT to be the answer....dang......okay - so, what would flouresce for 708nm IR ? I think that is the diode in cd-dvd burners....708nm...gotta put on my thinking cap for this one....
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glad i thought to share. i tell ya, it freaks me when my control, what i'm using to ck or prove something,turns out unreliable/faulty. puts doubts n fears thru my whole program.
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Well, you can FORGET about getting the Rat-Shack morons to assist....at least in the stores around here.

(slightly off topic, bear with me)

I went in to the closest Radio Shack store near my house...asked them if they had the new "DragonFly" yet. I was, of course referring to the radio shack exclusive item, a new toy robot from Wow-Wee Robotics, the "Dragon Fly" it is a little R/C flying dragon fly...it flaps its' wings, etc...very cool looking in the videos...
The guy repies back, "Is that some kinda new wiring harness or something ?"

Okay....my wife said I was a jerk - possibly true, but that annoyed the pi$$ outta me...if you work somewhere, should you not at least know what in the world kinds of product you carry ? I have lost my patience with Radio Shack over the past few months - they NEVER seem to have anything I want anymore...(picky, picky !) Okay, sorry all - had to get that outta my system. I ended up going to another radio shack where they had the little toy...man, that thing is hard to fly - but FUN ! :

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they used to answer the phone "We have answers." not any more. and don't that Dragonfly look cute? i want one...i have only seen it in Popular Mechanics tho.
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I'll try to get a movie of it in action - hard as hell to control - but FUN ! Just gotta have ZERO wind conditions....
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