Hello all. Over the New Year holidays I completed a KAP project started back in August -- a new R/C controller.
This system is designed for one-hand operation, even with a glove on. And it's small enough to hang from a neck strap when I want to free my hands completely.
It's based on components from Sparkfun.com: an Arduino Pro Micro, a thumb joystick and some leds. For a radio, I scavenged the 2.4GHz RF module from a Hobby King T6A R/C system. (Very cheap and easy to modify!)
Here's a picture of the new controller along with a brief video of it in operation.[ EDIT: The embedded video no longer works, apparently. Here's a link to it on Flickr: https://www.flickr.com/photos/flickrdave/16218490695/ ]
I'm working on a write-up of many of the technical details in case anyone wants to do anything similar. Once that's done I'll post a follow-up message here.
I'll also post some updates as this thing gets a little testing in the air.