Guys, I would like to hear your opinion. I’ve been thinking of a way to go past the memory limitations of Leonardo board, while continuing using the Joystick library, that really helps to keep code simpler.
In the previous post, I’ve shared some ideas on the 1st MK4 device, the simple collective. One guy asked me about motion platform compatibility, and I’ve decided to make a lever, designed for use with one. That means no counterweight – and thus the lever needs to be compact and lightweight, so no heavy head.
With this in mind, I decided to modify the base and introduced a pedestal – a small panel on the top of the lever that can be used to place some switches and other stuff, like the radio panel. The cool thing, the mount is standard and allows for mounting pretty much anything you want there (as long as it doesn’t interfere with comfortably placing your hand onto the lever)!
That means, to keep things functional and cool, we need a mode switch and some related software magic. Probably, for each of devices! That, in turn, means a lot of code, and looking at the current situation, there’s no way to put it into a single Leo board.
So, here are few thoughts about what I would like to see in MK IV controller:
- 3 independent Leo boards: one for collective, one for cyclic and pedals, one for miscellaneous stuff
- flashing peripherals from the controller (integrated USB-UART board and a separate RJ-45 socket for flashing)
- modular design – user manually chooses devices he wants to include in the configuration tab
- built-in USB hub
I would like to hear your thoughts on this and what else can be added / changed to make it better!