The Xmas 2015 Release of Witty·TIMER and Witty·GATE firmware and Witty·MANAGER Pc Software, brings a lot of news and improvement.
As an alternative to the Witty·RFID automatic recognition system that conducts tests without manual use of the timer, now the option is available to automatically advance to the next athlete. The timer can be set so that after N seconds, the next athlete is automatically identified (athlete's number N+1 or next athlete on the starting list). See chap. 5.4.9 of the user manual.
Until now, for Agility tests with number N of Witty·SEM semaphores, the Witty timer has expected the number of semaphores active to be equal to the number entered during test set-up, and that the semaphores had a progressive ID (A, B, C, D,…).
With a new option, the timer can be made to scan all semaphores present in the area. If the number of semaphores it finds do not correspond with the test set-up, it notifies the user and asks if it should continue. The scan has a short delay of a few seconds between the time the test is loaded and the time it begins.
Sem number that must be equal to the Definition Test
Device ID for the semaphores must be consecutive (A, B, C, D,…)
Scan standby at the beginning of the test
See chap. 5.4.7 in the user manual
The “Standalone Change Direction” test differs from the classic “Change Direction” because it does not need to use the timer, except to begin the test. Once the test has begun, it can continue without interruptions or further intervention. Obviously NO DATA IS RECORDED, as it is simply a working-tool for one or more athletes to use.
In addition to the direction (Left/Right, Left/Right/Forwards, Left/Right/Forwards/Backwards), a series of colours can also be set up (Green, Green/Red, Green/Red/Blue), and this additional random system can be used for cognitive type exercises (e.g. “if the arrow is green, follow the direction it is pointing in, if it is red, go in the opposite direction”)
Another possible application for this type of test is the application of a number of photocell/semaphore pairs set on different channels to use on a number of courses or in the exercise space, using A SINGLE timer.
The first pair can be set for example on channel 1, and can start the test. Then change channel to the second pair to launch that one, and so on. Given that the timer is not needed to carry out the test, once it has begun it can continue autonomously.
See chap. 4.4.3 in the user manual
Using the Witty·SEM as the start semaphore (countdown + turn on) now it is possible to set not just the display of all LEDS (green) as the trigger signal, but also the random combination of arrows (rt/rt or rt/lt/up/down) or sets of two or three letters (A,B or A,B,C).
This way, before starting, the athlete can be assigned a “task” by a randomly appearing symbol (e.g. “when the semaphore comes on the athlete starts, but sprints to the rt or lt, depending on the arrow”, or “when the semaphore comes on, if A appears the athlete does a certain exercise, if B appears he/she does a different one, etc.)
See chap. 220.127.116.11 in the user manual
The new parameter "Number of Repetitions" can indicate how many times the sequence "break photocell beam + turn on semaphore" occurs. In the example below, there are 2 "groups" of Gate/Sem: After breaking the first photocell beam the first semaphore turns on, after the second is broken, the second semaphore turns on. The test is completed when the third stop gate photocell beam is broken
See chap. 4.4.1 in the user manual
Normally an agility test starts automatically after a countdown of 3 seconds. Setting the new parameter “Start Type” to the value “From Witty·GATE”, after the countdown, the athlete must break a photocell beam and only after this pulse the N semaphores are activated to begin the agility test set.
See chap. 18.104.22.168 in the user manual
The Witty·Manager software can be used to set a “holdoff time” (between 1.2 and 25 sec.) during which the photocell (after an initial pulse) remain inactive, even if it is passed through, e.g. with a holdoff time of 5 s, when the photocell beam is broken, it remains "inactive" for the next 5 seconds, and even if it broken it does not generate a pulse.
See chap. 22.214.171.124.1 and 126.96.36.199.2 of the Software Witty Manager manual
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