Do any of you with more experience have any comments about the possibility of using Valves announced Steam Deck as a Mission Planner computer?
The Steam Deck is likely overkill for computational requirements of Mission Planner but the built in joysticks and buttons sure seem like they would be useful as input devices.
Dave2D and other tech YouTubers sure seem impressed with the specs of these devices.
I’m new to ArduPilot and I haven’t actually used Mission Planner to monitor an airborne vehicle yet. I may be missing some important information, but from what I’ve learned the Steam Deck seems like a great tool for UAV control.
My main concern about using the Steam Deck as a ground control station is the small screen size. The Steam Deck can drive external monitors but adding an extra monitor would negate much of the appeal of using the device.
Again, I’m curious what those of you with more experience have to say on this topic.
The only thing I would say that if Windows just recognizes this as a regular joystick then there will be a good amount of lag going from Windows --> Mission Planner --> Radio --> Aircraft. I have run joystick control via MP over 900MHz and it is a good second of delay or so.
But yeah - pair the guy with an external radio and it looks like a solid offering.
It seems to be on the MP/Telemetry end. There are some things you can do to improve latency like run down the rates of other info (open up the data stream) and out the radio in low latency mode. I haven’t played around with it lately - but I might give it a go and see if I can get it to a manageable latency. Definitely won’t be anywhere near RC update rates - but I’ll give it my best.
In case any of you are curious about this device, Linus of LTT was able to use one for a bit. I still think it looks like an interesting option for a ground station device.
I’m thinking of using it in a ground station kind of like this cool one. I’d use the Steam Deck instead of the Raspberry Pi. My tentative plan is to use a similar style of case to hold a battery, keyboard and largish monitor.
Years ago I used a microcontroller to interface a PlayStation 2 controller with a touchscreen and radio module.
I have a couple 5.8ghz USB receivers, they provide Video to the PC direct over USB.
The one Item I am not sure about is the transmitter system with telemetry. Not sure what device does that.
I notice that there is a docking unit for it. I imagine you could leverage the docking port for a Video receiver and TX unit. Something to watch for I think.
Couldn’t you use a normal Mavlink radio with USB?
As you say, they plan to make a docking unit but even without a docking unit a relatively high speed USB hub should allow multiple devices to be used at once.
I suspect that you could.
Like you say a USB hub and away you go. My thinking is more along the lines of an RFD900. IT has great range and performance while providing you will control and telemetry.
But basically its a USB Mavlink radio.