During download and install of 1004 beta I had some time so, I am once again posting about another project of mine...
I have always wanted to make my own cradle/charging station for my favorite LMCE controllers and other always-near items after seeing someone years ago post a photo of a wooden rack they built for the coffee table. The pinout for my orbiter has been on the wiki page since that time and I finally got around to building the 'guts' of my new console. My 10+ years working with fiberglass molding, plastics and aerospace composites should help me produce a pretty nice showpiece but I am having some trouble with the wiring. I was hoping someone either has a OEM dock for this and could give me some info or is good with electronics and can tell me where I am too off the wall.Proof of Concept Photo
In summary I black taped all 18 pins on the bottom of the DT366. I then cut out the tape from the pins I wanted to contact, giving me less chance of hitting the wrong pin. The cigarette box and duck-tape was special just for tschak909. After struggling for too long to balance and line up my exposed wires to exposed pins I realized this probably will not work unless the 12v hot and GRD is also connected. So I never actually got proof of concept...Moving to Something More Permanent
Okay besides bad soldering (it was late and heating paperclip sections that softened the vera before solder could flow sucked) This is the underside showing the two connections I am making. A dock to charge my iPhone and an open USB-A to charge whatever. You can also see that a standard PC power cord will power this console when complete. Homemade Pins
This view is what will actually face up and the DT will cradle into. Obviously I need to straighten the pins and set the height but that can wait until after this comes out of the mold. The switches are momentary contact switches on the 12v hot from the transformer. They must both be pressed down for the cradle to power on. I added this because I didnt like the idea of 12v + and GRD next to each other in the open. (The tape was only there to make my pins stay in place while I wired the underside tschak909)
Where I could use some feedback is on my idea of a safety switch, lack of any diodes or resistors on these circuits and any other suggestion that would give me power to the USBs even if the DT is not cradled. I thought about a nice flushmount pushbutton "ON" toggle on the face of the cradle but decided against it. If you have an OEM dock for the DT I would really appreciate a photo or component model numbers/colors.
The body is coming along nice but sorry no photos yet. My mold is built with heavy foam atm and I havent picked up clay to coat the curves and fire it to make a reusable mold. Much appreciation to whomever posted the wiring pin-out on the wiki. I thought about chasing down the pinout for the USB-B port but decided 1 open USB is fine so long as I don't have to chase my iPhone cord ever again.