No, it requires it's own command stations (EPS-thinigies), boosters (power from somewhere/thing), and 'something' as a throttle.."LocoFi doesn’t require additional layout components such as command stations, boosters, or conventional throttles."
Sure. Once again we appreciate your input.One thing to consider is handling "broadcast" type commands, the most obvious one is an "all stop". Another thing since you control the sound units is maybe something like a master volume to help be more harmonious with neighbors.
I think maybe a different approach should be looked at here. Many have invested a lot in the locomotive control area and if it does what they want, stay with it!You've started an interesting debate M Michael if that was your intention. As Greg implies, we've all invested in existing solutions that meet our needs to varying degrees, so we are not really the audience for "strip it all out and try this" technology. If and when such technology (preferably not proprietary but that seems unlikely) comes along which does all that a Massoth / Zimo / ESU sound decoder can do for $20 with "no setup required" (quote from LocoFi) then it will sell well to all newcomers to the hobby whether we adopt it or not. Don't get me wrong I am not a luddite and I would not want to discourage any company from investing in new solutions for this hobby, but for most of us the "if it ain't broke don't fix it" maxim applies.
Aha 5G that new Standard of Phone Communication that will be delivered in City Centres when many parts of the UK do not even have working 3G let alone 4G.Keeping my mind open, a mesh based, low speed system would be nice for peripherals, turnouts etc. also with the benefit of increased range.
A new "standard" for communication is cool, but inventing a new control protocol under that will be a long haul, since DCC is so established with many manufacturers already.
Another old business saying: "If it ain't broke, don't fix it"....
the "Iot" of things is still a nebulous definition.... just like what does 5G mean...