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Building a custom topside controller

(undersearobotics.com) #1

I know a couple people have voiced an interest in building a custom topside controller for their BlueROV2. I’ve been designing and building topside controllers for our ROV simulators for over 10 years and thought I’d share a few tips to those just starting out:

Feel free to post any questions you might have.

(Todd Sparkes) #2

Very nice unit

(Tim) #3

Hi Paul,

Can you list the functions of each component on that controller, or post a higher res pic so I can read the labels?


(undersearobotics.com) #4

@PacNW - The controller in the link was built for a client to work with our working class ROV simulator, so it has quite a few functions that aren’t relevant to an ROV like the BlueROV2. We’re designing a new controller that will work with both our observation class ROV simulators and the BlueROV2 ROV. I’ll post more information as it becomes available.

(Tim) #5

Ok, thanks.

(undersearobotics.com) #6

Here’s a preview: http://marinesimulation.com/rovsim-surface-control-unit/

(Tim) #7

Thanks for posting that, looks nice. My controller is going to be more like the first one though, two 3-axis sticks, thumbwheel, rotary encoders for lights and gains, etc. I’m building an 8-thruster version plus trying to anticipate future tooling such as a gripper or line cutter. Still interested in the functions of that other controller, just trying to learn from what other’s have done…

(Jacob) #8

There is no support for this at the moment. It is on the todo list, however.

(Tim) #9

Thanks Jacob. I’m looking forward to the revamp of the control scheme in QGC. I will be using the Leo Bodnar USB interface so the encoders will simply act as up/down joystick buttons I believe.

(Tim) #10

Or this one: http://iflysims.com/16_Rotary.html

(undersearobotics.com) #11

Just finished building the first of our Mark 4 hand controllers: http://marinesimulation.com/rovsim-surface-control-unit/

(Luis Gamez) #12

hi @paul-unterweiser

Please can you share the link to those buttons? are those buttons self reset with light?

I´ve been really saerching for something similar.


(Todd Sparkes) #13

Hello Paul. Do you have a price for the Mark 4?

(undersearobotics.com) #14

@luisgamez - All buttons / switches are momentary on, normally off.

@canman172 - Contact us via email to: info@marinesimulation.com

(undersearobotics.com) #15

Check out the 3D model of our ROVsim Surface Control Unit mk4 (click to view in 3D):

(undersearobotics.com) #16

Just finished building a variation of the Mark 4 Controller with a “mini” hall effect joystick: