CA$ 7,177
pledged of CA$ 9,950pledged of CA$ 9,950 goal
28
backers
0seconds to go
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Mon, November 9 2015 7:51 PM UTC +00:00
HijelBy Hijel
First created
HijelBy Hijel
First created
CA$ 7,177
pledged of CA$ 9,950pledged of CA$ 9,950 goal
28
backers
0seconds to go
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Mon, November 9 2015 7:51 PM UTC +00:00

About

The EVE Online Control Panel is an input device, just like a gamepad or joystick, purpose built for the game EVE Online.

The control panel works and acts just like an HID keyboard, which means it's plug and play. No special drivers are needed to use the panel on Windows, Mac, or Linux systems.

The buttons can be configured to operate any function In-Game that has a keyboard shortcut available, they can also be set to flash for a short time when pressed, or to flash until the button is pressed again.

The panel measures 7.625" X 4.5" and is 2.375" deep.

Easy In-Game Button Setup

External Video Link
External Video Link

See it in action.

External Video Link
External Video Link

A while back I was looking into building a capacitor that sat underneath my monitor, to replace the in-game capacitor display. After much searching I realized the the game has no API or any other method to get this real time data to feed to a physical display.

I knew I wanted to make something for the game, and I eventually came up with the idea that having a control panel, to replace my most used shortcuts was doable. I began to keep track of the shortcuts I used most, organized them into a nice design, and the EVE Online Control Panel was born.

You can view an album of the prototype build here.

The goal of this project is to take the control panel prototype and improve its design, streamline the build process, then provide the newly created Production Version to Backers, and customers.

Backers will receive the improved production version of the control panel. Your pledges make the following upgrades and improvements possible:

  • Increase number of backlight LED's to create a smoother, more uniform backlight.
  • Custom PCB Design to reduce build time, and eliminate unnecessary wiring. These changes help to lower the cost, and increase the quality of the final product.
  • Design Cross Platform App. to make it easier for you to configure the device. Quickly load different profiles for different ships, using Windows, Linux, or Mac.
Windows Software Mockup
Windows Software Mockup
  • Adjustable Mounting Bracket will ship with each production version, attach this sturdy removable mount to any wall, desk, or table.
Adjustable (Removable) Mounting Bracket
Adjustable (Removable) Mounting Bracket

 The Digital Control Panel Module works just like the control panel, except it uses your existing tablet or phone*.The DCPM communicates with a standard 3.5mm audio output, and then connects to your Windows, Linux, or Mac computer via USB. (Just like the Control Panel, the DCPM acts like a HID keyboard)

There is no software or drivers to install. Just browse to a DCP enabled webpage (pages will be made available at ludicrousdisplays.com) and go!

The advantage of the digital version is that you can use the module with a wide array of different devices, operating systems, and control panels. There will be multiple DCP webpages made available and I will be working closely with the EVE Online community to build many different Digital Control Panel setups.

The module has the potential to work with any game that has key bindings incorporated into it, and the Goal is to eventually add an editor that will allow you to create and save your own panel set ups.

*Requires a device with internet access, a 3.5mm audio jack, and a modern browser.

Digital Control Panel Module

External Video Link
External Video Link

 Backers will receive the improved production version of the Digital Control Panel Module. When you make a pledge, you make the following improvements possible:

  • Custom PCB Design - will reduce costs, build times, and increase the over all quality. The custom PCB will also help to reduce the production versions size.
  • Smaller Production Version Case - Along with a reduced PCB size, the production version will also have a smaller case.
  • Website Development - When you pledge to receive the Digital Control Panel Module, you will also get unlimited access to the DCP section of the ludicrousdisplays.com website. Here you will find multiple DCP enable webpages for EVE Online, as well as the ability to configure each panel for your own preferred shortcut key combinations, and save them as separate profiles.
 

I am a Red Seal Journeyman Instrument Technician, and card carrying neck beard. I have extensive experience designing and building custom electronics, HMI's and control systems. The skills I have obtained over the years are directly suited to this project, and will ensure its success and timely completion.

 *Icons Provided By Freepik

Risks and challenges

PARTS PROCUREMENT - I have blocked off 3 weeks to gather parts, but there may be delays which are beyond my control. All suppliers have quoted less than 3 weeks delivery, but my schedule may need to be adjusted slightly to accommodate the unforeseeable.

MANUFACTURING - I believe I can handle the manufacturing and testing myself. However, if timelines don't go as planned, I have already arranged for qualified personnel to assist me with the manufacturing stage if the need arises.

SOFTWARE - I have extensive experience creating a wide variety of software. I plan to use xojo to quickly develop the configuration app. for multiple OS's. I will need to arrange access to a Mac for the testing stage, and I will also need to install a Linux distro on one of my spare computers to ensure the program is properly tested before it goes out.

SHIPPING - I don't foresee many shipping issues, and I have allocated a good amount of time to get everything out the door on schedule. If it turns out that assistance is required, I have already pre-arranged for the personnel I would need.

Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

Questions about this project? Check out the FAQ

Support

  1. Select this reward

    Pledge CA$ 5 or more About $4

    HELPING HAND - A ginormous thank you, and my sincere gratitude for backing this project.

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    7 backers
    CA$
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  2. Select this reward

    Pledge CA$ 15 or more About $11

    BE A HERO - Pledge $15 CAD and I'll send you a personalized Christmas card, your name will also be added to the "Wall Of Heroes" at ludicrousdisplays.com!

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    0 backers
    CA$
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  3. Select this reward

    Pledge CA$ 85 or more About $65

    DIGITAL EVE ONLINE CONTROL PANEL - Get the digital version of the Control Panel by pledging $85 CAD. The digital control panel module works on tablets (and phones), and runs in any modern web browser. Windows, Linux, Mac compatible.No software downloads or drivers to install! Includes module, and unlimited access to multiple panel layouts.

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Only certain countries
    4 backers
    CA$
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  4. Select this reward

    Pledge CA$ 155 or more About $118

    DOUBLE UP ON DIGITAL - Receive 2 Digital Control Panel Modules and unlimited access to multiple panel layouts with a $155 CAD pledge amount. Give one as a gift, or use both modules to run multiple tablets.

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Only certain countries
    0 backers
    CA$
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  5. Select this reward

    Pledge CA$ 319 or more About $243

    BUILD IT YOURSELF - Do you like to do it yourself? Select this $319 CAD pledge amount and get the DIY kit that includes all the parts and instructions needed to build your own EVE Online control panel.

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Only certain countries
    0 backers
    CA$
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  6. Reward no longer available

    Pledge CA$ 340 or more About $259

    LIMITED EARLY BIRD SPECIAL - Pledge $340 CAD and we will assemble, test, and ship you a complete EVE Online control panel. Early Bird Pledge Awards will be built and shipped first.

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Only certain countries
    Reward no longer available 5 backers
    CA$
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  7. Select this reward

    Pledge CA$ 365 or more About $278

    EVE ONLINE CONTROL PANEL - This $365 CAD pledge award is a fully assembled and tested EVE Online Control Panel. Plug it in, adjust your monocle, and take on the universe!

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Only certain countries
    9 backers
    CA$
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  8. Select this reward

    Pledge CA$ 495 or more About $377

    CUSTOM MADE CONTROL PANEL - Have a different layout in mind? We will work with you to design a custom control panel for any game. Pledge $495 CAD or more and you will receive a fully built and tested control panel, custom made, just for you.

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Only certain countries
    Limited 2 backers
    CA$
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.

Funding period

- (21 days)