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Arduino-powered A-10 stick grip remote w/Emergency Party Button!

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I came across Plama2002's "Emergency Party Button" build a while back and wanted something similar for my bar. I also had an old USAF B-8 stick grip from an A-10A that I picked up in my previous life. I figured instead of just being a conversation piece, I could put it to good use as a remote control for my AV system. What I came up with is a master control box that:

- Controls my SAT TV, music server and iPod dock via my Audio Visual Receiver (AVR)

- Controls the overhead lighting in the bar and the components of the Emergency Party System.

- Looks really cool sitting on the bar!

It uses two Arduinos: one for switching and IR transmission, and one to wirelessly control the X10 devices.

This build is not really that difficult as both the Arduino and X10 applications in this project are really pretty simple. You just need to figure out exactly what you want yours to do and adapt it. Since I'm writing this ex post facto I'll try to make up for the lack of step-by-step photos with thorough explanations. Sorry I don't have the circuitry sketched out but there's not much to it - we're mostly just hooking up buttons with pulldown resistors, just like in the Arduino tutorials. There are a few slightly more complicated things going on but I'll be sure to explain them as we proceed!
 
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spikec (author) 5 days ago
Good luck with your build Carter! If I were going to mount it on a stick shift I'd probably machine an adapter with my lathe. If you don't have a large. Find someone who does. If you are in the ATL area pm me and I'll do it for yiu

I actually have this exact same stick grip I plan on using in my old Willy's Jeep as a shift knob/function controller either utilizing a Raspberry Pi or Arduino Uno. Any suggestions on mounting? The amphenol connector you used unfortunately won't work for my application. It was really really nice to find the pinout you posted before i started delving in myself! So thank you very much!

Awesome project, though I do have to ask, why did you use so many different batteries? Why not one big LiPo hooked up to a handful of voltage regulators instead?
byrdy2 years ago
Spike, you are smarter than I thought you were. Too Cool!! Needs a trigger that will give your dogs collar a light zap..........and if properly trained...... he could bring a beer to your party..
spikec (author)  byrdy2 years ago
Ok Birdy, wtf are you? :-)
PyroMonger2 years ago
This is effing incredible. Great job!
spikec (author)  PyroMonger2 years ago
Thanks! Glad you like it!
mikeasaurus2 years ago
I love how there's a 'party' button, awesome!
spikec (author) 2 years ago
Plasma, thanks for stopping by! You were the inspiration on this one dude. Yours does something that mine can't do - it turns the music on from a standstill. I couldn't figure out a way to do this short of having a computer that was always on hooked up to my AVR.

Anyway, good luck with your projects!
plasma20022 years ago
I see I'm going to have to step up my game. Haha, awesome job man! Love the cylon chaser.

Also, I think I found my new motto:
"The degree of awesomeness is directly proportional to the amount of eye roll from my wife"

:D
vags2 years ago
go HAF !!! :))
spikec (author) 2 years ago
In some of the pictures the yellow comment boxes aren't showing up where I placed them. This is a bug in the Instructables editor, wish I could fix it!