After looking at every aspect of our project we have noticed that we did not do justice with explaining what “WE” mean by open source so here we go:Our dream is to not only be a controller for end users but also be a platform for millions of tinkers around the world.The open source aspect of the DRONE is “the ace up our sleeve.” As our name implies we want to help the mobile gaming world evolve into something much better then it is. To help evolve things we have decided that the users/programmers/and game developers need to have a controller that will allow them to experiment and have a community to explore new ideas with others using the same device. We want to allow access to EVERY aspect of the controller including:
- PCB board/layout so that you could make your own board if you want to perform a major overhaul of the electronics.
- Atmel ICSP Programming connector for advanced software features
- 16 pin “breakout” header will allow you to access all the pins including the X,Y of the Joystick. This ribbon cable can be routed out the front of the controller so that you can build additional “shields”
- The Drone programming library will have all the “sketches” that you can modify.
The DRONE is a Bluetooth Human Interface Device, this means that you can use it with ANYTHING that has Bluetooth. Computers, robots, phones, or tablets and you can connect as a joystick keyboard or gamepad. We are adding a new pledge that will let you be the first to see the controller, This will be limited to 50 so get yours fast. It will include:
- A DIY PCB version of the controller powered by USB.
- It will use the Arduino Nano module
- Bluetooth Module
- Clicky Buttons
- RGB LED + Resistors
- A finished controller (once they are available)
- A set of ear-buds