4 posts • joined 3 Aug 2011
Similar to the T shaped truss idea, how about a V shaped truss. With all the weight at the bottom of the V it should be adequately stable with two similarly inflated balloons.
More elegant would be a curved truss. A half circle or parabola would add a smile to the contraption (see icon!).
re Squeezebox receiver
I've just got bare receivers (no duet controller), with them all controlled from the phone app.
The only slightly awkward thing is getting the network settings into the receiver in first place so that they can be seen on the network. For this you just use the 'Net-UDAP' program from http://projects.robinbowes.com/Net-UDAP/trac. This only needs to be done the once - it's pretty painless. There's plenty about this on the squeezebox forum.
SqueezeBox receiver is still available from several sources for about £90. I've got 3 as part of a multiroom setup (separate Amps and speakers). All controlled from Phone(s).
And then there is the SqueezeBox Radio for £100. Excellent sounding mono all-in-one network player, can now be paired for stereo, and even battery powered (£30 extra for battery pack).
Contrary to the impression given by a lot of commentators and reviewers, all SqueezeBoxes can be network controlled and used as part of a multi-room system. You just need your PC or NAS box to provide the central server, and control it all from your smart phone (good 3rd party apps for iOS, Android, WP7 and Symbian), PC or any player with display/controls.
A long piece of string
To miss the large balloon, just dangle the launch platform a long way below the balloon.
Use an asymmetric Y yoke to support the launch platform at the 45 deg launch angle - which can be steeper if the string is longer. The direction of launch won't be controlled, but you can wait (using the guidance gyro or a compass or something) until it is pointing in the required direction if you want, as it will almost certainly will be spinning around during the ascent.
These aren't my ideas, but are easy to easy to find.