What we are working on now:

Recently done:

  • July 29 - SimVimX plugin version 1.0.81 released

  • Minor improvements in Plugin and Panel

    Reworked firmware upload menu and status display in the plugin. Some new experimental options and better on-screen inputs for the Panel program.

  • July 17: EHSI_Map_Mode can now be properly configured as a 3-position switch.

Working on these:

  • Firmware changes and improvement

    The master firmware is updating for more optimized data processing and speed-up the connection protocol.

    Some issues can be seen with the encoder steps consistency (for some types? - please report if you have some)

    If you have analog inputs configured and they can send state changes too often caused by electrical noise from the power lines, this can influence to the encoders.

  • Firmware, architecture

    I'm thinking about adding a separate input board (slave) that will be used specially for analog inputs.

  • Image-map for the configurator

    More image-maps are going to be added, working on it...

  • Firmware addition for multiple servo ouputs

    The alternative servo output option will be added to the master firmware. As the WitMotion doesn't produce the 32-servo boards anymore, another 32-Servo controller will be supported, like this one:

    Please write your opinion in the Feedback, what do you think.

  • Circuit breaker parameters

    The generic circuit breakers will added to the database and to the configurator. They will be adding gradually, so just watch.

  • Editing startup actions for custom conversions - DONE

    Allows users to add commands that will be activated when a particular custom aircraft is loaded. Useful for opening switch covers in the virtual panel to prevent them from blocking inputs from your real cockpit. You can assign them by clicking on "Startup Actions" in the conversion tool.

Planned changes, or in development

  • Working with navigation data for HCSCI Panel

    For EFIS-84 EHSI and other devices that can display navigation points.

  • SimVimX extensions, firmware for more additional "slave" boards

    We intend to make RealSimControl more "modular" separating it to several boards with firmware designed for specific set of output devices. All these board will be connected to 2-wire interface, that can be laid across all your cockpit

    Along with "RealSimControl LCD" firmware the same slave Uno/Nano board with "RealSimControl LED" firmware is planned to be added for connecting multiple 7-segment displays and LED drivers.

    Special slave Nano board for all "hardware" Power control (and maybe brightness) outputs

  • Multi-board version of RealSimControl Interface.

    The several slave boards ( mini Mega2560 or Nano) are connected in a chain with a two-wire connection to the master board Mega2560. Not sure yet, how many boards can be used, the tests will show... No multiplexers, no LED drivers are used, only direct connections for inputs, LEDs and PWM. This is a throwback to our multi-board ArdRef interface, which was launched before ArdSim/X as an "intermediate" solution and has not been completed and closed because of some issues.

    Postponed, in favor of the RealSimControl extensions described above

  • Raspberry-Pi version of RealSimControl firmware

    Keeping a large number of inputs / outputs, and use minimum soldering but adding more performance and combine SimVimPanel with input/output controls. The input multiplexers connected to one Rpi board, slave controller boards (RealSimControl LCD, Stepper, etc), other extensions...

Considering (not planned for now)

  • Support of the serial controller WS2812B for LEDs ( postponed)

    These LEDs are individually addressed, connected in serial chain, using just one output.

  • RealSimControl ESP32 (postponed!)

    - Porting RealSimControl on the ESP32 (Espressif), high performance, but very cheap platform
    - The first version has been made, tested, but it is doubtful that using this platform is worth it.
    - ...