Archive for the ‘Flight Sim’ Category

EDTracker – future project?

Wednesday, September 24th, 2014

I think I need one of these:

Old projects imported to GitHub

Thursday, May 8th, 2014

I’ve had several requests for information on my old projects so today I’ve converted the archived subversion repos to git and uploaded them. No support is implied or given for these half-baked ideas. Fork away!

List of projects imported:

  • Gear_Indicator
  • MJoy16-C1
  • MJoy16-C1_Key_Matrix
  • rc-usb
  • smartalarm
  • thermaview
  • usbServo
  • USBSharp
  • usbSimCentral
  • usbSimInput
  • usbSimInstrument
  • usbSimRadio
  • usbSimStepper
  • usbtest
  • WarthogInterface


Friday, January 27th, 2012

This is something I’ve had in the back of my mind for a while and finally got around to designing a schematic and board layout. It is a 128 button USB HID joystick. Why would you want one of those? To use as inputs for your flight simulator of course. 🙂

The firmware is still alpha and untested but should be pretty straightforward. Once I get some boards made and the firmware finished I will provide some updates, as well as share the source code and schematic.

Update: The boards are on order have shipped

The board was created using the free version of EAGLE and exported to POV-Ray using Eagle3D. Using POVRay a sequence of 720 images were rendered and then turned into the video below using ffmpeg.


PCB for usbSimRadio prototype

Wednesday, August 4th, 2010

Tonight I etched a printed circuit board for my Nav/Com radio prototype. The toner transfer method using photo paper and a laser printer gave acceptable results. The board would have turned out better had the copper clad board I used been in better shape. It was a good deal on eBay and was a little rough with several pitted areas. A scouring pad cleaned it up pretty good. Below is the board after etching (ferric chloride rubbed on with a sponge, about 3 minutes to etch) and drilling.

I inserted the 7 segment displays to check alignment. This project has been delayed again and again so I can hardly wait to light it up.

Here is a paper printout of my panel design to give an idea of what the finished product will look like. The display opening will have some kind of frosted or tinted plastic diffuser.