To USB or not to USB? =)

Guys, a quick question, do you want a standalone USB version of the collective that will work without the master controller?

I see it as a lever for those of us who just want to add a collective to their existing system and the master box with one wire plugged in simply does seem really needed in that case.

This lever might have a USB-B socket on it instead of one of the RJ-45 sockets, this way you will still be able to connect extensions, but if the collective and, say, VRMax pedestal is all you really need, you won’t have extra wires and stuff hanging around.

What do you think? I’d like to hear some feedback in comments. Thanks! =)

Also, please fill the poll, that will help me to understand what devices are needed more than others =)

P.S. please leave a comment if you do so I could understand you’re not a robot.

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7 Replies to “To USB or not to USB? =)”

  1. Hi Alex hope you are safe and well. I would prefer the single usb connection, its a solution that offers a bit more choice if you dont want the extra box.

    1. Hi Stephen! Yup, all well so far, hope you are well too. You mean the USB enabled collective? The problem is for everything else the master is needed for special functions to work (e.g. force trim). But it’s possible to make the collective and its addons standalone by putting a master into the base =)

      But adding too much of master functionality to the collective seems wrong to me – what if someone will want to build the fixed-wing version of the controls, we can’t do this with every device, as everything is designed to work as a system so devices intended to work together have to be connected to the master, e.g. when you flip the mode switch on the collective, it affects the base, the switch panel, and the pedestal.

      So it’s either a single USB connection for the whole set or 2 USB connections – one for the collective (because it’s probably the most popular device of the set) and one for everything else should one want other peripherals later =)

      Anyway, seems like a good option if someone needs a collective to supplement their warthog or smth. Thanks! =)

  2. Btw guys, why didn’t you build pedals?

    To me having pedals and cyclic that are trimmed together with a single button like in a real helicopter seems cool. This feature also affects the comfort of flying in a big way.

    Is it because you don’t use the trim or use the built-in trim system of the aircraft?

    Please let me know, thanks =)

  3. For myself, a standalone USB collective that I can cobble together makes the most sense at this time as that is the one piece I am looking for. I already have the Thrustmaster Warthog HOTAS and the TPR pedals, while these things may not give me the complete correct feeling in VR as your entire (albeit amazing) system, it would still make use of the items I have.

  4. Hi a standalone collective would be great. My current mission is to make a KA-50 collective to go with my Warthog and setup. Something I can use on occasion that is simple to pop into my simpit but also to move away when I go back to flying the F16 or Harrier

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