Q: Why are Slot Wireless Digital systems like London Buses?
A: You wait for ages for one then two come along at once.
I have on my test bench 2 Wireless Digital systems that have arrived within 4 days of each other.
We heard rumours of the Scorpius wireless system at the beginning of 2008 and development started in March 2008. Slot.it announced the oXigen wireless system in September 2008 at the Slotlandia Milan Model Hobby Expo and showed some early ideas.
The two systems initially offered compatibility with existing slot systems - digital and analogue; lists of features and various specs. Subsequently as development progressed and various releases made their way to some reviewers and testers, we have seen many changes. There was even talk at one point that the two systems would be compatible - merging to offer inter working devices. The two developers talked about it, but that fell through and now we have two independent working wireless digital systems with their own features.
I'm a technophile, loving gadgets in all forms and when something interesting comes for the hobby I'm all for it...
BUT this drawn out development process of these systems, broken promises and various pre-production releases somehow made me loose interest some time ago...
AND NOW two systems are ready. Will my opinion change? Will I end up unplugging myself permanently from my track? How will they work and how will they compare to each other? Will either or both of them be a market success?
This is now the start of an investigative and testing process followed by couple of reviews. I'll look at both systems and obviously compare the two as they are both here right now. Please feel free to ask me questions that you may have of either system and I'll try and include them and the answers to them in the reviews. I'm in constant communication with the developers and I'll present the info as accurately as possible.
Reviews are now done - Check them out, linked from here.