Well I just had an opportunity to look over LOR's new DIO32 board. It would seem that this board is more suited for 3 phase power than individual controllers even though the initial release will only detect zero crossing on Port A. What that means is that it wont work properly on 3 phase until a later firmware change. When that will be is anybody's guess. You may ask yourself, why would I care about 3 phase power. Well if you are planning a big display for a church or business that could be a problem depending on how the power transformers are wired. For residential, it shouldn't be a problem.

The DIO32 has a few "daughter" cards that connect up to the main control board. One is a dimming daughter board that is relatively the same as a PC (Planet Christmas line of LOR controllers) controller specification wise. The cost per channel is more than PC controllers which surprises me unless I made an error in adding up the stuff. The relay daughter card could be useful where you are interfacing to another device and simply need the equivalent "switch" style closure. An example would be you have a smoke machine and want the controller to determine when to make smoke, so you would wire a relay in parallel to the "make smoke button". Another daughter card is the high power dimming board. It can handle more power than an normal controller up to 10 amps per channel and 30 amps per block. If somebody needs an explanation just ask. This could be helpful to people that use high amperage lights like halogens or maybe motors (I haven't determined motor/inductive usage yet). The fourth daughter card, which is the one that I am concerned with, is the interface card. It can interface to a variety of logic levels devices. An example of a logic level device is a solid state relay (SSR), crossover to the DIY stuff, or what I waited on is interfacing to servo motors--easily. A servo motor will allow skeleton heads to turn or arms on Tin Solders to swing up and down, or pumpkins to spin left and right. The servo motor interface will finally span the abyss between electrical and mechanical control. Up to this point it was possible but difficult.

I may buy a DIO32 and interface daughter board. I may get into some mechanical movement items in the future. I have not lost my affection for the DIY controllers.