Star Wars Galaxy's Edge Droid Controller Modification

  • Am Vor year

    RuthsarianRuthsarian

    Dauer: 08:03

    The droid controller has a spot on it where a red LED lights up every time a button is pressed. It has space for a second LED next to it, but it's not used for anything. I decided this should be changed and decided to add a green LED power indicator so I know when the controller is on (and to turn it off). To make it more visually interesting, I wanted to wire it in such a way that the green LED would turn off while a button is being pressed and the red LED turns on.
    I started filming my work on this, including developing the circuit schematic, choosing the right LED, the right transistor, the right resistors, and so on. The end result was an LED that would light up and draw under 1mA of current, bright enough to see, but not enough power that it'll drain the batteries by being on all the time.
    I shared the initial design to the #makerspace channel on the Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge discord server. There it was pointed out to me that the microcontroller used in the droid controller could probably sink the 1mA of current for the green LED and the addition of a PNP transistor was overkill. Removing the transistor also greatly simplified the wiring.
    Seeing as how everything I had filmed up to that moment was pointless, I stopped filming and focused on making the mod. This video is a review of that mod.
    Galaxy's Edge Discord Server: swgediscord.com

Mike Longo
Mike Longo

Thank you for posting this. It works great!

Vor Monat
Don Coulter
Don Coulter

BTW I gave you some props for coming up with a way to add an LED to the droid controller. Hopefully, you can get a few more subs from the Galaxy's Edge- Mubos Droid Builders Club. We'll done! https://www.facebook.com/groups/446913242753477/permalink/715625802548885/

Vor Monat
Acolyte's Holocron
Acolyte's Holocron

Has anyone made a better remote? I wanna know if you could make one to control two droids at once.

Vor 6 Monate
Ruthsarian
Ruthsarian

unfortunately, no. the controller uses a special protocol called Enhanced ShockBurst (ESB) which is likely encrypted. that makes building custom controllers a very difficult prospect.

Vor 6 Monate
Don Coulter
Don Coulter

I thought about doing the same thing. Thanks for the tip! I am an avid RC modeler and I am very used to proportional controls. I hate the on-off controls this has. I'm sure it would take a completely new ICB but what do you think could be done with the existing board and buttons? Perhaps pressure sensitive buttons?

Vor 6 Monate
Friendly Salad
Friendly Salad

Why does the top button do nothing

Vor 7 Monate
Ruthsarian
Ruthsarian

the top button is for accessories. if the blasters or thrusters are plugged in then they make noise and light up. if you don't have them installed then the button does nothing.

Vor 7 Monate
Jeff Beach
Jeff Beach

hey im trying to custom paint my controller, I can't figure out how to remove the board from the back, is that possible without de-soldering?

Vor 7 Monate
Ruthsarian
Ruthsarian

Nope. :( You would have to desolder the battery contacts from the PCB to remove both the PCB and the battery contacts from the remote. I would suggest leaving the PCB and battery contacts in place and masking them off as much as possible before painting. The inside of the remote isn't going to be visible, nor the inside of the battery compartment, so you could do it that way and it'll still look great. But if you really want to do the whole controller, inside and out, you'll have to desolder the battery contacts.

Vor 7 Monate
David Hill
David Hill

Why is there not a phone app that can do this ?

Vor 7 Monate
Ruthsarian
Ruthsarian

The remote control is using a protocol called Enhanced ShockBurst (ESB) to control the droids. I don't believe the bluetooth chips in phones are capable of supporting ESB, so an app-based controller probably isn't possible. However I have seen cast members demonstrating droids in Galaxy's Edge using a tablet of some sort (probably an iPad). Based on that I wonder if there may be a way to control them with just bluetooth commands, but I haven't of heard anyone figuring that out.

Vor 7 Monate
Brickcave
Brickcave

I was wondering. When you had the case opened, I noticed a black wire that seems to just end. Not connected to anything. Is this an antenna?

Vor 7 Monate
Ruthsarian
Ruthsarian

Yup! That's the antenna.

Vor 7 Monate
Anto
Anto

Yes light saber led upgrade plz......

Vor 9 Monate
Lethaldarkness 115
Lethaldarkness 115

Has anyone taken the BB-8 apart? I mean, take the black internal part, apart. So we could see the circuit board and such? I'm brain storming a few ideas, but, I wanna see what it looks like inside. Also, what's the plastic made of? I've seen a few videos of the bb-8 getting easily scratched, why isn't it ABS plastic? That stuff is strong.

Vor 9 Monate
Ruthsarian
Ruthsarian

This video of me replacing one of the h-bridge chips inside the droid includes a look at the guts of a BB droid: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K0z1to8ak70 I'm not sure what kind of plastic it is, but it is easy to scuff.

Vor 9 Monate
Logan
Logan

Do you think it is possible that with so many of these droids floating around out in the wild now, that someone will figure out how to use a 3rd party controller with them? I would really like having analog sticks instead of just up, down, left, right controls. It makes the BB-style droids really hard to move around smoothly!

Vor 10 Monate
Ruthsarian
Ruthsarian

@Dipper Gleeful no idea. I'm not very familiar with ESB or what kind of benefits it might offer.

Vor 6 Monate
Dipper Gleeful
Dipper Gleeful

@Ruthsarian Any reason why they would use ESB over Bluetooth? I imagine ESB, given it's for drones, has a longer range but why would it be used for something that probably won't go beyond 20 feet from you?

Vor 6 Monate
Ruthsarian
Ruthsarian

Possibly. There are a couple people that I know of who are working on this. The remote control and droid aren't using Bluetooth to talk to each other beyond initial pairing; instead they're using a protocol called Enhanced ShockBurst (ESB). A lot of drones use this same protocol and there is a lot of documentation out there on ESB, so I'm hopeful someone will figure it out soon.

Vor 7 Monate
John C Leonard IV
John C Leonard IV

Savis lightsaber LED Upgrade please! 🙏

Vor year
John C Leonard IV
John C Leonard IV

The actual LED inside of the hilt that flash and light up the kyber crystal. Since they light up when you do not have the blade in the hilt could be used for a nice effect if they were brighter.

Vor year
Ruthsarian
Ruthsarian

What kind of upgrade do you have in mind? The Burbank Makerspace has done an upgrade that replaces the blade internals with a strip of neopixels and a microcontroller. see: https://youtu.be/0tyXPJwSe80 is that what you mean? or something else?

Vor year

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