I assume most of the users ROV DIYers to date have used or built on the computing platforms and controllers (if any) that they had and were using. With more off the shelf completed ROVs being sold, in particular the Trident, it would be desirable to have a recommended list of specs for the computing and control hardware. Just so this part of the application does not in anyway impact the “experience”.
I am doing this for myself as well potentially for others, as I do have a Trident on order, have not used a game console for decades, and need to purchase a new laptop anyway.
For the computer
Considerations:I assume WIFI, Bluetooth [WIFI to ROV (buoy), and Bluetooth (for controller)], lots of disk and enough power to record and playback video would be basic/good to have…
Considerations; Controllers can be personal, -some users are as skilled or better with a keyboard than a newbee with a controller.
The ROV control is REAL rather than simulated flight or avatar game character or weapon. So one might expect some controller characteristics adding to or taking away from the experience. E.g. can there be any feedback from ROV control and would that be worth having in the controller. The control of the ROV is like slow motion rather than typical games/simulations, are there better controllers out there for accuracy rather than fast shoot-em up?
I had asked the forum some time back about joysticks vs regular game consoles, conclusion was basically whatever you are more comfortable with and is more practical is “the best”. In the field a wireless game console is likely to be more practical than a “clunky joystick”.
I’d rather buy once than twice and not have to upgrade or add on to get what I want.