I’ve now created a CAD drawing of the desk, component list, and some sort of schematic. Within the design is a maxi wing and an extra wing, both of which I created myself. The footprint for both is correct, using the dimensions on the ChamSys website, but apart from that, neither of them are to scale. I guessed most of the measurements, and just tried to make them look like the real things. Both models are now on the Google 3D warehouse.
The design uses a Maxi Wing, Extra Wing, 2 touch screens, 4 arduino uno boards, a wireless switch, and a big red button. I believe everything should have a big red button, and possibly a key switch. It just makes it look more awesome. The switch will be linked up to 10 buttons, one for each playback, which can be selected and then flashed using the red button. The control for it will use an arduino connected to the remote port.
Overall, the project would cost around £6,350. This is made up from around £5000 for the maxi and extra wings, £750 for two touch screens, and £600 for the rest.
How will it all work? I’ve made a basic schematic, but I’ll explain it anyway. There will be one ‘computer’ running the software and the two wings. This will be putting out artnet through a network switch, and recieved by 3 arduino boards, which will convert it to DMX. Why do this? Because another computer will be running as a backup, so that if the first one fails, it can still kick out artnet and DMX. There will even be a KVM, so that the second monitor, mouse and keyboard can be used with it. Possibly even a sort of USB patch bay, hidden away somewhere, so that the wings can be transfered to it.
Live long and prosper!