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Will Ubuntu/ROS recognize my R/C plane simulator joystick?

asked 2012-09-13 13:17:05 -0600

KM6VV gravatar image

updated 2014-01-28 17:13:39 -0600

ngrennan gravatar image

I have a Phoenix aircraft simulator package which uses a USB adapter to allow my Toshiba R/C transmitter to be used as a joystick.

Will Ubuntu/ROS be able to find and use it?



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answered 2012-09-14 00:06:56 -0600

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That depends on how it works on the hardware side. If it is a standard joystick device the joy package should work out of the box. You can just try it.

For more info please post some more details, e.g. the output of dmesg and lsusb after you plug the device.

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answered 2012-09-14 01:26:34 -0600

Flowers gravatar image

If you actually simulate a joystick that Ubuntu recognises, the joy package should work - maybe you need to install some package to recognise the "joystick" at the usb port, but if thats fine, there is a good chance ROS can find it too :-)

Just give it a try.

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The Phoenix Joystick interface to my Futaba T7 radio is recognized by my PC as PxRC Phoenix RC USB interface USB HID. Ubuntu ROS electric didn't say anything when I plugged it in. Where can I find out like I do in Device Manager under Windoz XP? Alan

KM6VV gravatar image KM6VV  ( 2012-09-18 19:33:44 -0600 )edit

I'm not sure, if I remind correctly, but I'd suggest you try a sudo apt-get install joystick and hope that is enough to get the joystick running. Anyhow, under the presumption that your adapter works like a standard joystick, you can always google for instructions to make a joystick work on linux.

Flowers gravatar image Flowers  ( 2012-09-19 00:19:14 -0600 )edit

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