RC Boats General Discussion Discuss general rc boating topics here.

Boat RC transmitter controlled by laptop via USB

Reply
Old 03-19-2017, 03:24 PM
  #1
sele
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Mar 2017
Posts: 3
Gallery
My Gallery
Models
My Models
Ratings
My Feedback
Default Boat RC transmitter controlled by laptop via USB

Hi all,

I'm looking to buy a boat RC transmitter controlled by a laptop via USB, and I wonder what do you think would be most popular option to do something like that at the moment?

I found some DIY recipes online, but I really wonder if there are some ready to go solutions.

It doesn't necessarily have to be cheap, though I really hope I don't have to sell a house to afford it.

What I'm looking for is an RC transmitter I can plug into my Linux or Mac laptop with a USB cable, and then I will have my python script with something like 'import rc_transmitter; rc_transmitter.go_forward()', and my boat will go forward.

Do you think I can buy something like that? Can you name a device like that?

Thank you! Really appreciate your help!
sele is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 03-19-2017, 04:09 PM
  #2
flyinwalenda
 
flyinwalenda's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Northeast, PA
Posts: 3,721
Gallery
My Gallery
Models
My Models
Ratings
My Feedback
Default

Use a PIC , or a PLC, or an Arduino.
Don't know of any off the shelf unit that is plug and play.
flyinwalenda is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 03-19-2017, 04:20 PM
  #3
sele
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Mar 2017
Posts: 3
Gallery
My Gallery
Models
My Models
Ratings
My Feedback
Default

Thank you, flyinwalenda! Those were things I googled first
sele is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 03-20-2017, 05:46 AM
  #4
rgburrill
 
rgburrill's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: Trumbull, CT
Posts: 1,798
Gallery
My Gallery
Models
My Models
Ratings
My Feedback
Default

Hopefully the electronic manufacturers are smart enough to realize that anything created for surface use could also be used for airborne use and would set off immediate flares to the FAA. While controlling RC with computers is okay for military, some commercial and educational use where it can be monitored and strictly controlled it is NOT for everyday hobby use.
rgburrill is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 03-20-2017, 06:22 AM
  #5
sele
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Mar 2017
Posts: 3
Gallery
My Gallery
Models
My Models
Ratings
My Feedback
Default

Thank you rgburrill! This is very good perspective to look at!
sele is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 03-20-2017, 08:21 AM
  #6
flyinwalenda
 
flyinwalenda's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Northeast, PA
Posts: 3,721
Gallery
My Gallery
Models
My Models
Ratings
My Feedback
Default

It would need to be very low powered. Anything higher powered you would need a HAM license. I remember someone doing this awhile back on 6-meters
flyinwalenda is offline  
Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools
Search this Thread
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off



All times are GMT -8. The time now is 11:47 AM.