Ipad control, again


#1

Hi,

I am finalizing my kit, and have studied most of the topics in the forum.
A couple of threads were about iPad control and my question is if this will work better with the newest software image…?
I have a iPad around and it would be convenient to use it, if possible with Bluetooth game pad or keyboard…

I have some friends with arduiono experience, so even programming additions would be possible…

Thanks in advance!

Roel


#2

Hooking up to the ROV isn’t really any different from hooking up to, say, this website, since the software is really just a swebsite (SPA) sitting on a webserver (the beaglebone); so it should have ipad capabilities out of the box. You would have to conect the surface conection box to a wifi router or AP though. I got one of those battery routers at amazon for about 40 euros, and the idea was to conect the tether reel to the router and a battery bank and the be completely wireless. Havn’t had time to test it in real life though.


#3

The touchscreen plugin component of the software hasn’t been updated for a while. It was not fully operational when I tested 30.0.3-jessie.204.531 on a Samsung tablet running chrome as the browser. It should be possible to run the cockpit with a keyboard / mouse or controller. Or running an earlier build and using the touchscreen plugin is an option too.

With regards to the Wifi AP and battery bank I have tested this in real life and it works well. Using a USB to Ethernet converter is also an option if you don’t want to go wireless.


#4

Hi,
Yes the wireless option and the browser functionality are clear, and should work.
My major concern is the use of a keyboard, joypad … Because fiddling around on a touchpad will not be that easy to control the rov…especially if everything gets wet…

I thought the moment a “mobile” browser is detected the keyboard etc… will not work.
If there is nobody that actually used this setup, I have to try it myself.

Thks

Roel


#5

You can try the “request desktop site” feature in chrome to avoid this problem. You also may need to map the keys with a Bluetooth keyboard or joypad. There are instructions on how to do this in this post; Feature: Change default keyboard control to be more like FPS games


#6

Thank you Brendan!

I wasn´t aware of “request desktop site”… also available in Safari…
I will try and report my findings.

The only feature missing is a gamepad.
I thought maybe someone in the Forum is using one in combination with an iPad.
Any recommendations?

Best,

Roel