Here is one of my recent works; creating an interface between a cabin tractor and Farming Simulator 17 (FS17) software for an exhibition.

The goal was to show the benefits tire technology and linked services could bring to a farmer.

So 2 modes were prepared: a demo mode (with a speaker, see video1 ) and a play mode (guests can play with FS17, see video2, video3,).

 

The global sketch

 

¤ 3 raspberry pi: to display the dashboard, to simulate the "zen@terra" application (that manages the tire pressures) and to switch the cabin lights (blinkers, beacon, lights)

 

¤ 1 arduino DUE to gather all the analog (steering wheel, accelerator and brakes pedals, hand accelerator) and digital information (forward, backward info, blinkers, switches, levers, ...) - the info are condtioned* (low-pass filters for analog ones, anti-bouncing for digital ones)

* The environment is very noisy on exhibitions!

 

¤ 1 arduino UNO to switch the sound (demo/play modes), order jacks (tire inflation/deflation simulation) get the "up" information of the tire.

 

¤ 3 PC; 1 to play Farming Simulator 17 ("FS Hat"), 1 to manage the show ('"Show"), 1 to monitor all the system ("Master").

     - PC FS Hat (middle of the picture)  is controled by BU0836A (to simulate the joystick) and Arduino DUE (to simulate the keyboard), so the game FS17 can be played completely automatically.

     - PC Show (left of the picture) displays movies in loop when not in demo mode, otherwise, it captures the FS video (thanks to a video sampler) to then overlays extra informations (videos, texts, images ...)

     - PC Master (intel NUC) monitors all the system, through TCP/IP links and an USB link with the arduino UNO (that controls the Raspberry's supplies, the sound between "FS Hat" and "Show")

 

 

Back to intro:

Tractor Simulator (interface with Farming Simulator 17)

 

The hardware

Tractor simulator (cabin tractor interface with Farming Simulator 17): Part 2 - the hardware

 

Arduinos

Tractor simulator (cabin tractor interface with Farming Simulator 17): Part 3 - the software, 1/ Arduinos

 

Raspberry Pis

Tractor simulator (cabin tractor interface with Farming Simulator 17): Part 3 - the software, 2/ Raspberrys

 

PCs

Tractor simulator (cabin tractor interface with Farming Simulator 17): Part 3 - the software, 3/ PCs