Jun 14, 2012, 04:24 PM
Joined Jan 2006
I have completed the main Arduino RS485 comms and main interface.
I would like any ideas that people need in the software.
At the moment I have a Joystick (hall effect). and two potentiometer both with centre indent. One for Depth control and the other for side thruster.
Four double way switches (self centering), Camera tilt(Up/Down), Camera Focus (In/Out), Lights (On/Off).
Top board is a Arduino Uno with a Rs485 board A MAX7456 on screen display, A buzzer for Alarms
The bottom board is a Arduino Nano with Rs485 board. Compass and Depth sensor and leak detectors, 3 ESC's. for thrusters. Camera with Tilt and Focus.
Have done :-
Auto heading(when you donít move the joystick it maintains its last heading).
Auto depth(when you donít move the joystick it maintains its last depth).
Max7456 screen (displaying Depth and Heading).
Buzzer Alarm to sound if a leak is detected.
Tank style steering is done with a Vtail mixer.
Like I said if you can think of anything else that might be useful then post here.
After testing I will document the code and how to change the code and how to upload into the Arduinos. It will be a ask and you get as I will Email it to you..
No cost involved as Arduino is open source software..
The cost on Ebay for the Arduinos are The Uno is Approx £12.60 Ebay Item number: 120928273991
And the Nano is Approx £11.99 Ebay Item number: 150833405086
Rs485 Adapters £4.39 Ebay Item number: 290717451716
So the cost is not High and will be as simple as it is possible to make it.