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Steering wheel and micro controller

Discussion in 'PSM' started by eco_bach, Jan 22, 2019.

  1. eco_bach

    eco_bach

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    More of a hardware question but any chance someone can recommend a steering wheel (with microcontroller) that would work with Unity?
    I would simply need to feed positive negative scale values from the wheel to control panning of a video.
    Logitech sells a few but probably a lot more than I need. Don't require brake, gas etc
    https://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=9SIA7BB3584223
     
  2. longroadhwy

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    (1) How much are you willing to spend?
    (2) You can find cheaper racing wheels from ThrustMaster in the $200 range for PC. The T-150 comes to mind. Rewired supports a ton of different racing wheels check the entire supported list for reference (https://guavaman.com/projects/rewired/docs/SupportedControllers.html).
    (3) If you are going to supporting panning of video you might want a joystick that is geared towards video. These joysticks from APEM might be a better fit but you will have to do some research and contact the vendor for more details.

    APEM has some desktop joysticks that are standard game controllers (HID device) when plugged into Windows. You can purchase them through a distributor.

    There is a entire family of APEM desktop joystick products that you should look to see if these fit better.

    https://www.apem.com/us/40-usb-desktop

    = = = = = = =

    This vm-desktop-93 might be more useful for video work that you are talking about.

    https://www.apem.com/us/vm-desktop-93.html


    The VM Desktop provides advanced features such as a 3 axis Hall effect joystick, jog/shuttle dial, 27 user-defined pushbuttons and USB 1.1 interface for powerful control of video surveillance, recording and video management functions. The VM Desktop is designed for critical security installations including airport, casinos, transit stations and stadiums.

    MAIN FEATURES
    • 3 axis joystick for pan / tilt / zoom (P/T/Z) control
    • 27 programmable pushbuttons
    • Jog / shuttle dial
    • USB 1.1 HID compliant "game controller"
    • Easy to use and operate
    • Functions determined by controlled application
     
    Last edited: Jan 25, 2019
  3. eco_bach

    eco_bach

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    Thanks. Appreciate the alternatives. Now if I could just pick an arduino out of the hundreds of options available!
     
  4. longroadhwy

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    Do you really need something to be micro controller (e.g. arduino) controlled rather than something just off the shelf solution? In many ways a steering wheel seems to be very large for a solution where you want more fine grained control that seems like a good joystick would work better for video work.

    How many units are you do you need for your production? Will this be used in an office setting?

    Those joysticks I mentioned are from CH Products (their parent company is APEM). They moved all of their non consumer products under the APEM site. CH Projects had been making joystick controllers for PCs for a very long time. Best known in the flight sim arena for their joysticks (all of them are supported in Rewired). Also CH Products makes joysticks/switches/panels/etc for many other industries also including aerospace, industrial, defense, agriculture.

    So many options if you something different with regards to joysticks. I do not think there are too many other game controller manufacturers that actually sell products into other industries.

    You can see more joysticks options for example here?

    https://www.apem.com/us/37-joysticks


    By the way you do you really need to be a arduino micro controller? The teensy (https://www.pjrc.com/) is also very popular micro controller. If you look at their blog you can see a lot of different projects that use teensy including a few joystick and game controller projects. see https://www.pjrc.com/blog/

    Steve Tack made a paddle controller using a teensy micro controller and he has it working with Rewired. You can read more about it starting from this first post and his posts that follow ...

    https://forum.unity.com/threads/rewired-advanced-input-for-unity.270693/page-69#post-3213920

    Here are some threads on using teensy HID for joysticks that you might find useful

    https://www.pjrc.com/teensy/td_joystick.html

    https://forum.pjrc.com/threads/4685...-a-14-buttons-2-joysticks-USB-game-controller

    https://forum.pjrc.com/threads/54227-Problem-with-Teensy-USB-HID-Joystick-implementation

    Here are more wheel specific write ups ...

    https://www.reddit.com/r/simracing/comments/4wnbpb/diy_standalone_wheel_mount_any_steering_wheel_to/

    https://forum.pjrc.com/threads/32304-Farming-Simulator-Controller

    https://www.reddit.com/r/simracing/...ay_to_use_an_arduino_or_teensy_to_use_my_g27/

    https://forum.pjrc.com/threads/23628-First-Teensy3-on-two-wheels
     
    Last edited: Jan 27, 2019