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    Arduino for Newbies (or Dummies!)

    I've scoured YouTube and various forums trying to find info about Arduino and interfacing to FSX. There are a number of people who've posted - particularly on YouTube - but don't really show the "guts" of what they're doing.

    Where can I go to get the very basic, basic "stuff?" or the equivalent of "...interfacing Arduino and FS for Dummies?"

    Also a few "dumb" questions:
    (1) i've gotten just dangerous enough with a keyboard encoder to have fun in FSX. What does Arduino offer that I can't get with joystick buttons and/or a keyboard encoder?
    (2) Also gotten slightly dangerous with FSUIPC, have a registered copy and have found it valuable.

    I don't really have the resources (or space) to build anything resembling a full-blown cockpit, but it would be fun to have an array of about a half dozen rotary encoders to handle radios and other settings - like altitude, course, heading, etc.

    Can someone steer me to the beginner's corner and start me from scratch?

    Many thanks.

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    Re: Arduino for Newbies (or Dummies!)

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    Re: Arduino for Newbies (or Dummies!)

    Took your advice. I had been there before - that's where I found Link2fs_mouse. It looked pretty daunting at first, but I think Jim has done an outstanding job and it looks like he's made it easier to get my feet wet - a lot easier!

    Thank you. A whole new learning process.

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    Re: Arduino for Newbies (or Dummies!)

    Another one:

    www.mobiflight.com

    Check the tutorials.
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    Re: Arduino for Newbies (or Dummies!)

    There are many Arduino starter kits available in the market. It's difficult to choose best one. If you are beginner then you must visit site.

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    Re: Arduino for Newbies (or Dummies!)

    Also a few "dumb" questions:
    (1) i've gotten just dangerous enough with a keyboard encoder to have fun in FSX. What does Arduino offer that I can't get with joystick buttons and/or a keyboard encoder?
    (2) Also gotten slightly dangerous with FSUIPC, have a registered copy and have found it valuable.
    Art,
    Arduino can offer you more tactile immersion.
    Example: you can have a Rotary Encoder or two to dial your COM and NAV radios, Transponder, OBS and HDG knobs etc...
    If you fly on VATSIM with ATC it ups the realism being able to dial in the next COM freq without the mouse. And it is just plane cool.
    Anything that you do to get the keyboard and mouse out of the simulator, the better.
    You can also make an led or lcd display of your radio frequencies.
    Link2fs can help do those things with out much fuss, but you will need to learns some coding tricks.
    You can interface Arduino directly with FSUIPC with LUA code that is built into FSUIPC. But that is a steeper learning curve and there are not a lot of practical examples.

    ~Fess

    Also look thru the Notable Threads.
    http://www.mycockpit.org/forums/showthread.php?t=27605
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    Re: Arduino for Newbies (or Dummies!)

    Take a look at http://www.simav8.com. Little project of mine (PROJECT menu) called SIMCMP which gives full Arduino code to drive the MAX7219 and Windows .net code for FSUIPC to talk to Arduino and FSX. Website describes the project and 100% of the source is on github. Or if you are not a Windows coder, the project also works well with Link2FS. Enjoy!

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    Re: Arduino for Newbies (or Dummies!)

    http://www.mycockpit.org/forums/showthread.php?t=31018

    A small project of mine that demonstrates the connection of Arduino and FSX or P3D with hardware and software.

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    Re: Arduino for Newbies (or Dummies!)

    Hey, very nice and thank you for sharing here!

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    Re: Arduino for Newbies (or Dummies!)

    Basic stuff like where to find math.header library that is used in demo snippets in Link2Fs.
    Quadrature.header library used has a link from Jims page but no math.h.....
    Arduino.cc does contain any "math.h"... Is this a standard c library or what?????

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