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    New Member t1m3l3ss's Avatar
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    Question Real-Life Seat Console

    Hey, I didnt even buy the game but I definitely will when I have the money next month.
    I only saw videos on youtube, but these lead me directly to the idea of rebuilding the console with buttons and rotary switches and an Arduino.
    This is why i registered myself in here, to ask a dev if the code will be open enough to do so.
    I only ask for an input into the game, not for an output out of the game. Self-re-setting switches would be nice though, but would make the cablework such more complicated.
    Didnt find anything similar to this in the search.
    Thanks in advance

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    There is a USB gamepad/joystick module you can attach your own axes and buttons to (from Germany, I'm afraid they don't ship internationally): http://r.ebay.com/UkGMRF

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    Well, I am from Germany, so there wont be a problem. Thank you very much, this helps me a lot. This is exactly what i'm looking for.
    If it would be a real IO for any switch, that would be incredibly nice. (So that the arduino knows if a button is pressed in a certain state or not. One could realize that cheaply with a LED over/in that particular button, because I only found switches wich kill themselves without re-setting em up again - like this, the problem with the batteries i guess? to the left could be solved, wich results because of the rotary switch for example: You turn the rotary switch, the buttons go off, you turn it to the first state, the buttons turn on again, I guess you know what I mean.)
    But rayx suggestion would also work for the start.
    Thank you very much, guys. Cant wait to start with everything

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    This should help you out software-side. Mouser and Digikey are good places to get knobs, switches, and so on. Not sure about their international shipping, though.

    I'd look around locally for a hackerspace or makerspace
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    Sounds like a great idea. I am interested in this as well but that will be far in the future for me. But if you do get started on that project post some videos of your progress!

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    BTW, those guys also have a version for buttons only (21). I didn't find it on eBay but I know they have it. You'd probably have to contact them.

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    So this might be a dumb question but forgive me I am used to Console sims like Birds of Steel and this is my first full on computer sim. I am thinking of a "simple" cockpit idea of using my Hotas(already using for throttle and steering) and buying a split keyboard. Then mapping most of the switches and dials to the keyboard(eliminating most of the mouse clicks) and just putting appropriate stickers on the buttons I have mapped. Would this work for a simple cockpit? Basically allow me to shy away from buying a bunch of Saitek panels or other specialty panels.

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