Hi, being familiar with annunciator panels in aircrafts, i'd like to see if we could implement something like that. For those who don't know what i'm talking about:
We could have things like flight modes (att.hold, alt.hold, rtl, manual...), low battery alarms, overtemp alarms, stall, overspeed, things like that.
I know most people are happy the way it is now, I just think it could be nice. If anyone would be willing to help me code something like that, i'd be happy. I can code basic things in C#, and i could make the annunciator panel (graphic) and put it in a matrix of some sort. It could also be another program that uses data sent out by the mission planner.
Let me know what you think
That's already implemented in voice alerts in the Mission Planner. In general, it's better to do these things audibly for UAVs, since you'll want to keep your eye on the plane and screens are hard to see in sunlight.
could it be both?
Sure, but one requires a lot of work to create a new MP UI and the other is already there.
I think we could, would be really nice
You could use the parallel port to run a handful of leds if you want an actual physical board. But this isn't 1980, so you don't really need display lights constantly wasting screen space. If you have a warning, just pop it up.
i'd like to integrate it as a page under the HUD (where the gauges are), so if there's a warning, it switches to this tab
You probably don't want MP switching screens on you automatically. Say you get a warning and it switches to the light panel screen. Then you have to switch back to another screen to do anything about it.
I just think it would be easier to pop up a flashing warning text or icon in the GPS or HUD area.
If you reduced the massive buttons across the top you could probably have 3 rows of normal sized icons or text boxes. I'd like to have MP look basically like google chrome across the top. That is to say nice tabs shoved all the way up into the title bar.
another place could be between those icons and the serial commands