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Old 03-22-2012, 08:40 AM
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Open Source Remote Control, The Way YOU Want it!

Are you a modeler that gets a new radio, has every feature and function figured out in one day? Are you always wishing your radio had different features and functions that would suite a particular model you just built? Are you a programmer that is looking to develop your own OS for a radio system?

Well look no further!

Open Source RC is HERE!

From the Open RC Website:

OSRC is one of the most advanced systems currently available for the RC hobby as well as professional markets.
Thought that went into building OSRC has been an accumulation of ideas and applications wanted for a very long period of time by both professionals as well as hobby enthusiasts. With an almost every day advancement in technology it was inevitable for OSRC to be born. The OSRC team is mostly assembled from RC users who use planes, cars and other vehicles not only for enjoyment and personal pleasure but also for professional results in the video as well as Sport industries. Taking into consideration that an RC system has to be as flexible and innovative as possible, there are endless possibilities for customization, upgrades and new features with the Main Unit alone. Combined with powerful devices such as the FPVC, Sensor and other modules it is truly a marvel for any user who becomes a part of the OSRC family.

Ether you are a novice RC enthusiast or a veteran, you will be amazed by the advancements made in every feature that OSRC has to offer. Forget whatever you known so far about RC and was limited by features derived from channel count, operational frequency or plainly the price. OSRC provides most of its advanced features even with a Basic setup and takes you to a new level of control.

Techniques used in today's film, robotic and other industries so far have been an assembly of different hardware as well as software products which can make any professionals dream become a nightmare. Combining all the necessary tools for an almost endless list of applications is only one of the OSRC goals. With a responsive as well as enthusiastic team we provide fast updates and new additions as we use the system our selves. With an engineering marvel such as OSRC and a rich set of hardware capabilities, the possibilities for new applications as well as additions are limited only by the imagination of our team as well as the end user or developer. Features and benefits described below are only a small part of a very large system. A complete description for every OSRC product can always be found in its User Manual supplied within the OSRC community.

Main Advantages

Comfort Reliability
Every step taken while designing OSRC was made with the comfort of the user in mind. Even details such as Grip factors, Balance criteria, Weight and others were among a very large list. Don't let the fact that OSRC is an Open Source effort fool you. We have spent countless hours thinking and rethinking existing features and improving upon them as well as inventing new ones, to suit the needs and collective ideas of the entire RC community. The internal architecture of the entire Control System has been built in such a way that every part responsible for functions such as User Interface, Switch control, PPM module interface or digitally encoded gimbals are all separately functioning without interfering with the main program cycle, speeding up the response time as well as providing a reliable functionality.

Modular Hardware
Compared to other RC solutions, almost all (if not all) provide features based on hardware capabilities and price of each unit. In our case on the other hand, the only limitation is the actual application you are dealing with. Starting from a Basic setup and finishing with the most advance set of upgrades we provide, most of an already staggering set of features are given. By removing the desire to produce an endless line of an almost identical products, we give an opportunity to begin with a simple setup and build upon it without the need to acquire new or in some way different alternatives.

By choosing the OSRC system, you are in no way forced to change your entire set of already acquired equipment. OSRC provides modular capabilities to integrate existing hardware such as known RC modules and RF communication techniques, giving you the ultimate control station. On the other hand, choosing dedicated OSRC modules and RF techniques you are immersed in a completely new and filled with features environment. By using our dedicated set of hardware, things such as Cloud communications, Remote model Take-Over, Co-Pilot modes and much more, gives a fresh and new approach to RC control.

Innovative Features
Scenarios which only seen in movies are absolutely possible with an OSRC setup. Imagine for a second that you can hand over your model to a remote pilot by doing absolutely nothing, while all the magic is happening inside OSRC. With the Live Stick response you can record as well as play back movements made by you or other RC users. Learn to fly with stick movements self correcting you while you fly and your instructor taking over at any second without cables or switches. These are only few of the things you will discover by having an OSRC System.

Key Features
Even just after the birth of the first OSRC prototype, if someone would have asked us to describe its features then we would probably have to write a book about it. Since OSRC was designed by RC flyers and enthusiasts, the features that are born every day we use the system, multiply and get better. The control system by it self is a dream come true for any developer with its almost unlimited potential. Although every single feature we give to OSRC is innovative and important, there are some that stand out from the rest and are begging to be described.

Stick Gimbals

One of the features that makes OSRC unique is its gimbals assembly. Since from day one, the idea behind OSRC was to create an advanced platform in every possible way, we have taken the time and designed a completely unique assembly for the most important part of the control.

The first thing to notice about the design is that both X and Y axises are supported by 4 steel ball bearings, suspending the entire motion in complete freedom and smooth operation. All of the moving parts are being touched by nothing but the bearings since the motion is being recorder by Optical encoders which read the position in increments less than 1mm.

The Optical Encoder technology we selected for the movement fits ideally the OSRC design as it in no way interferes while moving the stick in any direction, while providing accurate measurements every time. At the same time, since there is no friction or any sort of contact while moving the sticks, there is also almost no wear on the assembly and minimal chance of damage over time. The same technology is used in advanced robotic projects where every increment of motion is important for achieving a perfect result.

To achieve motion on each axis with the same effectiveness and flexibility, we use a completely new technique. Inside each axis of the assembly there are only 2 parts as thick as 1.6mm which produce a motion if tuned to the correct frequency. To understand this better imagine that there is a disk filled with electrically stimulated components which contract if a current is applied to them. Combined in a circle they produce a moving wave that pulls whatever comes in contact with it. This technique take up less than a centimeter of space and can produce as well as simulate motion like a Ratchet effect of the stick as well as Spring response without actually having any one of them installed.

To visualize the internal assembly better and understand what actually is going on inside each stick, take a look at the drawing on your left, which represents internal workings of the design. As you can see, the design is quite simple and yet very effective. Among other advantages, the fact that we minimize criteria such as weight and internal footprint, we have more space for other features of the system.

Making a Remote Control system great is not enough. Besides the fact that there is a rich amount of already available features on board OSRC, we have gone the extra mile and made the design modular in every way possible.

Modular Capabilities

First thing you will notice on the back of the device is that we created a modular environment for replacing already available RF modules from well know brands. This means that you do not need to exclusively use our RF system but adopt your existing setup and in time decide for your self if you need the extra features. Nevertheless please have in mind that using our own communication environment will provide your system with unheard before capabilities which could help you dramatically improve productivity as well as safety if you are a professional or just a hobbyist.

Another great addition to the expandability capabilities of OSRC is its modular Shoulder Switch architecture. Unlike traditional systems where a switch is represented by only one signal state even if your switch has 2 or 3 positions, we provide the ability to use all 13 signals on each shoulder in any way imaginable. This means that you not only can interface switches or buttons but also LCD displays, motors or anything else since the part of the system responsible for shoulder switches is a fully functional processor just like the heart of OSRC.

Among our rich collection of customizable Shoulder modules you will find those that provide additional Analog Pots for custom trims as well as advanced and high quality switches with position locking, larger head assemblies and unique position alternatives.

By customizing your control system you can fit your needs better as well as enable additional features of your model, that you couldn't of done otherwise without additional hardware or signal processing.

Perhaps the most stunning addition to your control system is the OSRC FPVC system. The FPVC system is a modular addition to OSRC that provides advanced functionality such as Real Time Video Preview right on the 4.8" 800 x 480px Touch Screen. Currently we provide 3 different types of this module, starting from FPVC - Plain which provides additional buttons for your system and finishing with FPVC - Advanced which has an internal processor of 1GHz and more RAM as well as Flash memory than you will ever need. The processing capabilities of the Advanced system are so great that they in some cases even surpass existing Smart-Phone systems, providing 3D acceleration for on-board RC simulations, High Definition Video playback and much much more.

FPV (First Person View) Applications

Besides a great processor, FPVC systems Basic and Advanced both provide features such as GPS navigation, GSM data transfer as well as Internal power and Wireless communication to the OSRC system it self. Meaning that you can remove the FPVC module and use it separately while flying is done by a pilot. Even greater is the fact that since OSRC uses Cloud communication techniques, adding additional modules remotely and combining their functionality simultaneously gives close to unlimited potential for any application at hand.

FPVC Basic and Advanced also provide additional Analog Thumb Sticks which can be assigned to any function just like the rest of the switches and buttons. However the main idea behind having them on-board was to be able to use Camera Gimbals and other moving parts of a model remotely. Since both FPVC systems provide an additional Video Out socket, it is possible to use the same system by more than one user when one flies the model and the other can control a camera as well as monitor a Live Video stream through Video Glasses or other imaging devices. As the name states, FPVC is named after the "First Person View Computer" definitions and its main purpose is to help a professional or a hobbyist in any capturing application required.

User Interface

A very versatile and unique User Interface has been created for OSRC. Most features and functionality inside the system simply could not be accessed through traditionally known interfaces, so we have designed an intuitive and at the same time complex system which not only allows the operator to navigate through each option quickly and effectively but also jump to any section of the interface through a set of short-cuts and custom functions.

Even on a small display that is built into OSRC, many advanced settings such as Exponential adjustments, Dual Rates, Switch Assignments and others can be accessed and changed with ease, providing an ultimate access point with not only the buttons or switches being the means of input, but also the Touch sensor which is built into the display.

Cloud Based Communication

Unlike traditional systems, OSRC uses true RF modem modules with Cloud based communications, which allow multiple devices to be connected at once as well as transmit and receive any type of data which could be GPS information, motion control or even graphical in nature. Beside the multiple connection, the cloud system allows OSRC to extend its range just by placing additional devices between each point of interest and make things like Long Range hand over possible. The same thing can go both ways, meaning that if more models fly in your area of interest, the stronger your signal will get.

This approach allow OSRC to control multiple models at a time and send information to any recipient required without the need to reset the system or reconnect to any host. The FPVC modules also communicate with OSRC through the same cloud, which means that multiple users can control multiple devices on the same model without the need of additional hardware, not associated with OSRC.

Combining the above mentioned features as well a much more, OSRC becomes limited only by the creativity and imagination of its user. A variety of combinations in features as well as modular design provide an ultimate tool for any RC enthusiast, without the hassle of unwanted and unnecessary equipment. Making all the versatile parts of the OSRC system communicate in an efficient way give absolute freedom to any operator, thus releasing any hidden potential which simply could not be unleashed with constrains from technologically inferior devices. In addition to everything else, OSRC is an Open Source device, which means that entire development communities all over the world are free to implement features that even the OSRC team could not think of, sharing them among all system owners. Join the OSRC family today and reap the benefits that the Open Source Remote Control System can give you.

Exterior Features
2.4 GHz Removable Antenna Mount
5.8 GHz Removable Antenna Mount
900 MHz Removable Antenna Mount
128 x 64px, Back-Lit Graphical Display
Assignable Touch-Screen
Customizable Switch Layout
12 - 24 Assignable Shoulder Switches
Up to 4 Assignable Analog Shoulder Pots
2 Main Assignable Analog Pots
18 Assignable Front Buttons
2 Assignable Back Buttons
2 RGB Status LED's
Stainless Steel Strap Holder
USB Connector
Buddy/Trainer Cable Connector
Powder Coated Rugged Handle
Unique & Comfortable Case design

Hardware Features
Universal PPM Module Structure
Internal Step-Up Voltage support
3 Different RF Communication options
Internal 2.4GHz RF Modem
True Digital Communication Interface
Wireless & Wired Buddy/Trainer/Co-Pilot
Universal Stick Mode Support, Modes 1 - 4
Digitally Actuated Sticks
Ratchet & Spring Simulated Stick Gimbals
Digitally Encoded, Upgradable Stick Gimbals
4 - point Floating Steel Bearing Gimbals
Internal Vibrator
Internal Buzzer
USB Updates, Data Transfer & Control
Wireless, Cloud Based Accessory control
Modular FPVC & Shoulder Structure
3650mAh 7.4v Protected Li-Po Battery
Internal Battery Charger

Software Features
Up to 16 Real-Time PPM Channels
Up to 40 Channels (OSRC equipment)
Cloud RF Communications (OSRC equipment)
Signal Strength Indication (OSRC Equipment)
Real Time Stick Monitoring & Take-Over
Wireless Stick Recording & Sharing
Wireless Flight Take-Over
Wireless Friend List & Control
Wireless Co-Pilot/Trainer
Wireless Model Hand-Over on the fly
Fully Customizable Switch/Button Functions
Switch & Pot to Channel Customization
Timer to Channel Customization
Switch to Channel Value Toggle
Simultaneous Multiple Vehicle Control
Plane, Heli, Car, Boat, Robot, UAV & DIY Modes
Customizable Channel Delays
Easy Firmware Updates
Settings Save & Share
Up to 100 Models with Internal Memory
Customizable Status Displays
Dedicated FPV Control & Customization


The amount of upgradable features OSRC has to offer will make your setup as advanced as you need it
Customization of OSRC is truly a remarkable feature. We provide the hardware tools to assemble a system that will suit you best in every aspect. Due to the versatile set of features OSRC provides we have set new boundaries when it comes to customizing your device. A set of processing, input as well as communication modules, provide the flexibility required in achieving any desired goal.

Since OSRC was designed in cooperation with RC flyers as well as professionals in fields of photography, robotics and many other fields, every addition available for OSRC serves its purpose perfectly. The ability to interface and use already available wireless solutions for RC control as well as use dedicated OSRC features provides a vast variety of combinations which form a completely new system every time, making your configuration unique and dedicated to your needs and desires.

We provide the tools and open new possibilities for all RC enthusiasts as well as professionals to create stunning results while using state of the art technologically advanced equipment without the need to ever replace or modify the base unit. With every new feature we always seek out opportunities for new additions that could be integrated into OSRC as well as shared with its users. Even though we already have an extensive variety of additional components for OSRC, we never stop inventing new and original ways of expanding the system functionality.

By choosing OSRC as your default RC equipment, you are emerged from day one into a completely new and original way of controlling your model, with a never ending possibility for upgrades and innovation. With a rich variety of additional hardware available, you will never need to think about the functionality of your system again as well as making it stand out from the rest. This makes OSRC a perfect investment for any field related to Remote Control applications.

Shoulder Modules

We provide a variety of additional input means when it comes to the Shoulder area of OSRC. Besides the standard switches and buttons we also give the operator the ability to mix and match any configuration without reprogramming or modifying in any way the core OSRC software since each button, switch, pot or other input device can be reconfigured by few simple actions inside the controllers User Interface. Unlike traditionally limited counterparts, we give absolute freedom to modify each function in any way imaginable without second thoughts about if it is possible or not.

Among many options there are Shoulder modules which have less switches, more switches and even switch configurations with additional Analog inputs. All buttons and switches used on OSRC are manufactured with quality in mind and reliability. We spared no expenses while researching different types and brands of even simple things like the switches or pots. Every part on OSRC is from an industrial graded manufacturer and offer quality functionality and end result.

For some there is never enough input on a control system, for others what is available is just too much. With OSRC we cover all operator categories by making you choose what you need and customizing your setup so suit you best. The versatile nature of the system allow for possibilities that may have absolutely nothing to do with input control. Since the OSRC part responsible for shoulder control is a fully functional and separately controlled processing unit, it can interface devices such as additional displays, visual indicators or even foot pedals, motors and anything else that can be controlled or read by using standard interface protocols.

PPM Module Compartments

Since OSRC can handle many different types of communications, making sure that an already available set of products could be integrated into OSRC was one of our main priorities. Besides the internally available RF solution OSRC provides, you are free to use your existing set of modules for which we provide support when it comes to OSRC compatibility.

Although in most cases existing solutions cannot provide the operator with full OSRC potential simply because most of features offered with the system did not exist before OSRC, you are still given the option to use your existing hardware without ever needing to disassemble your model.

Each and every module compartment designed for OSRC has been carefully refined to be as simple in its replacement as possible as well as support features that may be available on hardware, they were intended for.

FPVC Units

To further expand the OSRC capabilities we have created a special system for interfacing complex modules through a set of hardware connections and wireless communications, which provide a perfect as well as effective combination when talking about responsiveness and reliability.

Through the Cloud based communication protocols not only can you use existing OSRC additions but interface completely new devices that support the widely used RF hardware which OSRC provides.

Combining all these expansions with a powerful and versatile system like OSRC, produces a superior piece of hardware which provides features never seen before in a compact Remote Control System. The scope of applications OSRC can cover with its open-minded design redefines all existing alternatives and sets a completely new standard to look up to.

For more information: http://www.os-rc.com/
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Old 03-22-2012, 09:01 AM
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Dang ! Any pricing on this bad boy ??
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Who's gonna be the first to step up?

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Old 03-22-2012, 09:11 AM
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Yeah, now thats more like it! hopefully not in the 4000$ range...
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Old 03-22-2012, 09:12 AM
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Wow! I'm totally blown away! That, IS, RAD!!
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Old 03-22-2012, 09:14 AM
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Click on the website, then click "where to buy". It takes you to a site that has them listed. Not bad at all. Way less than I was expecting.
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Looks as though we need a guinea pig
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Old 03-22-2012, 09:29 AM
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Link to prices


Euro is 1.3160 dollars
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Old 03-22-2012, 09:31 AM
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So, somehow this thing has the ability to teach maneuvers to the pilot by moving the sticks for me?
Or did I read this wrong.. I've always thought it would be cool to be able to have the sticks move your thumbs with the exact movements needed to perfect a certain maneuver until it's well ingrained into muscle memory..
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Nice transmitter, No SBUS??
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Old 03-22-2012, 10:26 AM
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Looks as if the bar has been raised!!! Way up there now! Watch for the comp. to scramble to keep up.
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I have been watching this closely since they first started talking about it...very awesome idea.
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Really cool, BUT (quoted from the site):
"Please note that the OSRC product line is currently ONLY available for Pre-Order within the European Union countries and is limited in its quantity."

Soooo, it sure looks like they are currently just raising money to start initial production and we couldn't get them here in the US if we wanted to. Yet anyway. I chalk this up as another "wait and see" if anything comes of it product.
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