Stuff like this is why I'm sticking with a Cypres for atleast a few more years. Others can find out all the problems with the new "last chance" type gear with their own money and lives. The cypres has one hell of a track record and has been around long enough that it would seem most all of the issues have been resolved.
What I find amazing is the sheer number of people who've taken a "gotta have it now" approach to a new piece of very complicated electronics. I've been consistenly in the "wait and see" group of by-standers ever since the unit was introduced. I fail to understand why anyone would choose to be an unpaid test-dummy.
I personally think that the Astra AAD was a very good and safe design, but one misfire with the early early models of it pretty much gave it a terrible rep in the skydiving community. If vigil wants to be marketing their AAD for years to come, this first year or two is critical...
Just a thought, and it's not directed at anybody in particular - maybe we should wait until Vigil formally responds before we draw conclusions? When they state that there is a real problem and what they are doing to address it, we'll have both sides of the story. The "blank screens" may not in fact be a problem.
SSK makes a great product, but they had their share of issues as well. Personally, I like seeing some competition in this market.
(This post was edited by riddler on Apr 6, 2004, 8:17 AM)
isn't there a post about the cypresII screen going blank?
Yup, and I haven't bought one of thsoe yet either, although I'm giving it less of a "lead" time till I buy one, since they have a previously proven product of the same design, just with slight differences.
Exactly why the rant at the link is a bit silly, in my view. They removed all their Vigils and replaced them with Cypress 2s, under the view of 'put a proven product in place' (my paraphrasing of the rant). Yet the Cypress 2 had a similar static electricity problem (still waiting to get mine back from this problem being fixed). Granted, it didnt cause a misfire, but it is just as 'unproven' in many contexts.
Each of these products has issues upon release, and no matter how many jumps a test jumper puts on it, there are things that the general public do that a test jumper may never do. The original Cypress went through its growing pains too.
Don't get me wrong, this all annoys the heck out of me (being both a Cypress 2 owner and a Vigil Owner). Thank god I kept my Cypress 1 in one of my rigs.
Does anyone have any real ideas about why this is happening?
Static Electricity? please! While Static electricity can fry sensitive electronic components, I don't see how this can happen on an AAD. I have a technical background. While I'm not an expert, I know that the plastic display window helps shield static electricity as well as the hard outer casing on the display unit.
My computer (which I built) doesn't crash every time I slide it on the carpet out from under my desk.
The cypres 2's display problems in my opinion, (and this is only my opinion) is the result of a short in the display from bad workmanship/quality control.
Why do I think this? Notice that only a handful of Cypres 2's have this problem. If it were static electricity, all of them would have had this problem by now.
Thankfully, in the case of the cypres2, it's only a minor inconvenience.
With all the technology we have, it is difficult to understand why Vigil is misfiring on the ground.
How hard is it to build such a simple device.
(This post was edited by scottjaco on Apr 6, 2004, 1:33 PM)
Plastic doesn't necessarily shield static electricity... Especially not that tiny crap plasic window, ending 5 mm next to the control unit on only one side of it. A encompassing metal frame like in your computer does.
What kind of tech bg is it that you have? How many AADs did you build to know how simple a device it is?
A few years of electronics in high school and college. Also an Associates Degree in Audio Production. Being a Sound Engineer, I work with electronics all day, putting out fires I.E. ground buzzes, shorts, repairing amps, consoles, speakers. I've also built a ton of computers.
I believe I also said that I was no expert on static electrical theory.
How many AADs did you build to know how simple a device it is?
There isn't much to it. An altimeter measuring barometic pressure(altitude) measuring the rate of change(speed) determines a preset activation.
Remember...the FXC1200 did all of this without computer chips or batteries!
(This post was edited by scottjaco on Apr 6, 2004, 2:18 PM)