Howdy, Mark. As always, I'm enjoying the Twin Otter evolution. Just curious about what criteria you used to choose your monitors. I see you chose 32" HD TVs as opposed to 32" computer monitors. Are HD TVs pretty much the same as computer monitors these days?
Also, concerning your post title "Bye by TrackIR...", I have been toying with the idea of trying to setup TrackIR to only react to head positioning in the X,Y, and Z axis, effectively turning off yaw, pitch, and roll. The view would just respond to head movement front-back/side-side/up-down. Since a wrap-around monitor setup along with a "physical" cockpit would remove the need for yaw, pitch, and roll, the ability to have the view change accordingly as I move closer or farther away from the monitor would add the one aspect that is missing with a static display. I'm not sure if this can be done in TrackIR or if the results would be worth the trouble, but I think it's an interesting idea. Your thoughts?
turning off yaw, pitch, and roll...the ability to have the view change accordingly as I move closer or farther away from the monitor
Yes, this makes sense as long as you retain the virtual cockpit for the views and I agree, it would add a lot to the effect. I am not sure if this is going to be possible to do on a multi-computer setup without doing something horrible like having two or three TrackIRs (one on each computer). That said, I hope to use Opus FSI for synchronising the views across the network and there is a TrackIR option on the Server setup dialog. So it may be possible in principle, although I would expect it to add significantly to the network traffic. We shall see.
For monitors, the criteria were: as cheap as possible, 1080p and 32". I don't know if there is much difference between a TV and monitor at the low end but, as they say, ignorance is bliss
I like what you have done with Air Manager a lot. I have been "dabbbling" for a while (currently an old 19 inch LCD and a old 1366x768 laptop to hold instruments to go along with my current side by side 27 inch and 24 inch view monitors) and considering what is currently being discussed over at Sim Innovations regarding a new pricing model, I am one of those that hate to reinvent the wheel and am more than happy to pay for a new professional panel.
Having said that, I have put off toying with a Twotter panel in the hope that some of the already configured instruments become available. Is there any update from your side as to whether what you use is ever going to be available to buy?
At the moment I only really fly the Twotter and the Basler BT67 so you can see there is a fair bit of cross over if I am to make a hybrid Air Manager panel. My love is flying them, not keeping them running while fitting it all in with real life.
Geeze! That pic looks amazing! Funny, I had been revisiting the Icarus again before you posted your latest stuff, would love to do something similar. Please keep us posted on your progress, especially software integration. Opus right? (Very much enjoyed your last two videos, btw.) I've even been considering Xplane 11... supposedly supports multiple monitors out of the box... but is there a decent form of button/switch interface? Not sure, maybe with an add-on. And then there is a slew of other obstacles to consider.
X-Plane - yeah, the interfacing would be what worried me too. I see Orbx is going to be doing stuff for XP soon so it's becoming more attractive. There is something called XPUIPC, though I don't know how sophisticated it is. If and when the Air Manager guys get around to hardware interfacing I guess that will be where to put the money.
I am continuing to tinker with the side views but it's damned fiddly. New video coming today or tomorrow...