Modding a Wikipad for use as a ground station

Hi all,

I got a Wikipad (an Android tablet that targets gamers) to experiment with as a ground station / second TX, mostly because it has dual joysticks. There is a lot of work to be done until it has RC-controller like capabilities. First step was a workaround for the design flaw that no USB data ports are exposed when you have the tablet snapped into the joysticks. I did the mod and then made this guide:


Hope you guys find this useful! I will be working to add Wikipad support to Droidplanner and maybe Andropilot too.


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Comment by Federico Boldori on August 26, 2013 at 12:03am

great mod! thank you for sharing!

Comment by Arthur Benemann on August 26, 2013 at 5:57am

That's awesome Aaron. As I told you, if you need any help to integrate with DroidPlanner just call me.

Have you thought about integrating the telemetry radio into the case?

Comment by Aaron Curtis on August 26, 2013 at 7:27am

@Arthur Yep, thought about it and then went for the quickest hack I could think of with the stuff I had on hand instead. There is tons of empty space inside that controller. You could pack it all full of goodies; I actually think you could fit + small hub + 3DR radio + analog video receiver + usb video encoder if you removed some of the internal plastic and used micro size connectors or hard wired everything.

Comment by Craig Elder on August 26, 2013 at 8:39am

Nice job Aaron!!  That looks cool!!

Comment by Jared Reabow on August 26, 2013 at 8:57am

Kudos on using droid planner!

Comment by Göran Sandström on August 29, 2013 at 2:39am

Wow, great work, think I'll pick one of these up, they look great! Thanks for the guide.

Comment by Göran Sandström on August 29, 2013 at 2:43am

Question: Can it work in USB host mode? Also, have you tried it with easycap for FPV?

Comment by Aaron Curtis on August 29, 2013 at 3:50am

Göran, yes, it works in host mode since it's android 4.1.1 . I have not had time to try it with easycap or similar yet but hopefully will get around to trying that soon!

Comment by lulu on September 4, 2013 at 7:58am

this is nice adapter from   joysky

 only  15 dollar

  but  where can  we can buy

Comment by lulu on September 4, 2013 at 8:00am


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