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TGC Remote pedestal with buttons for sim control - HID hardware version

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  • TGC Remote pedestal with buttons for sim control - HID hardware version

    I've been a big fan of Mike80 'ssoft-solution for TGC remote keyboard control on the iPad. While I've never implemented it, its really cool and obviously now a must-have for the folks that have implemented the thing. I've been daydreaming of a hardware based solution that will emulate an HID device (KB/Mouse) - plug-and-play for windows with no additional drivers. It would be convenient to the stance area save the user from going to the keyboard so frequently. (most of the time to hit "enter") Many use wireless or wired keyboards, but you still have to search for the correct keys, in the dark, with single-vision lenses, because I can't golf with the progressives....etc,etc. a PITA for me, at least.

    Since my 12-year-old has has gotten his shark-tank energy up with the FMJ skytrak case and he's an arduino/coding/3dprinting kid, this could be a fun project and addition to his "Full Metal Golf" line

    There are a number of HID options out there -- chips, dev. boards, etc out there, schemes with wires, BLE or even WiFi. We're thinking that if we make the box with a dozen or so buttons, maybe some illumination and put it on a pedestal near the swing area, it would be something that people might like. Some other ideas are adding an integrated club rack, or beverage holder.

    Buttons might be limited to ten or less, with large tactile surfaces. Or there could be foot pedals? A joystick? An "enter" pull string hanging from the ceiling? Lots of ideas.

    We've ordered some electronics and buttons to start playing.

    www.adafruit.com/products/1535
    http://www.maximintegrated.com/en/ap...ex.mvp/id/3637

    We'll be sharing all the details for community DIYing and maybe making something out of steel for purchase if it's of interest.

    Any thoughts here - what should this be able to do for TGC and other apps?
    Last edited by awisnia; 01-08-2017, 01:08 AM.

  • #2
    Awesome, I'm really liking how this family is helping this community out! Good work!

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    • #3
      Found this freeware that will re-map USB joystick buttons/movements to any key stroke. Combined with a $3 retro NES controller and you could get a lot done. Obviously missing the single-touch macro ability of the iPad controller, but would save footsteps.

      There's also KEYSTICKS that can work with any common game controller..looks like it may be able to give a macro-like functionality too. Going to play with this and an old Xbox controller.

      Neither is plug-and-play hardware, but both could be used with a controller that's hanging around to pretty quickly add remote control to TGC or any PC simulator.

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      • #4
        Floor buttons / pedals have been discussed before. Maybe do a search to avoid reinventing the wheel. The standard solution is using the zero delay usb encoders and freeare keyboard mapping programs. I use a ten arcade button with joystick setup which works great. Macro capability is no problem. The whole thing is trivial. Still might be a fun project for your boy especially the packaging. Hardware buttons have never really caught on though so I'm not sure what is needed for it to sell.

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        • awisnia
          awisnia commented
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          appreciated - the zero delay encoders would be perfect - will search harder. Sounds like you've done exactly what we're talking about. Tho the goal would be to have the mapping somehow firmware coded into the HID encoder for real plug/play..thanks again.

        • awisnia
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          Did find a few more threads - thanks

          Not sure if you've seen this commercial effort for Optishot remote control. The "Golfingator"

          http://golfingator.wixsite.com/golfingatoroptishot

        • awisnia
          awisnia commented
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          oooohhh! I Like this one - flash stored key mapping!
          https://www.ultimarc.com/ipac1.html
          and this
          http://www.u-hid.com/home/index.php
          Last edited by awisnia; 01-08-2017, 06:16 AM.

      • #5
        FaultyClubs Yup - trivial. After a bit more looking and finding the arcade world, there are a ton of options. I suppose a solution that has the key maps in eeprom for true HID plug and play and offers some sort of hardware to locate the buttons in the hitting area might have some traction. But, assuming that you have enough understanding to map keys, any button/joystick box will work pretty well. There are some perfect ones built for fighting games.

        Actually forgot that my son bought one of these last year - maybe we can do something fun with it and TGC.



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        • awisnia
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          Just learned that it's actually an arduino Leonardo so it's pretty simple to alter the key map. Found our project, maybe not product.

      • #6
        Some cool alternatives to generic zero delay usb - eeprom maping

        http://www.xin-mo.com/hid-encoder.html

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