@Dylan the Train Man posted:
Here are my ideas for a similar device to the one mentioned at the start of this post for running both MTH and Lionel engines:
-A physical remote that uses a phone (either an I-Phone or Android Phone) as the screen
-Remote connects to phone through its USB plug (or maybe through Wi-Fi) to interface with either the MTH or Lionel app
-Remote is compatable with both Legacy/TMCC and DCS
-Remote is Bluetooth and Wi-Fi compatable
-Controls on device: throttle knob, quilling horn/whistle control (works with both DCS and Legacy), Legacy train brake slider, and bell control
Basically, this device would look similar to a Legacy or DCS Remote, but with a phone holder instead of the screens of the original remotes. The trottle knob, whistle/bell control, and train brake slider would be next to the throttle knob like they are on the Legacy remote.
Well, I already did something like that a while back. Now this is an old video but I have since worked on enhancements to use one of the joysticks to roll in a 360-degree fashion and simulate the knob everyone likes so much. (that feature is not demoed here). I can control both TMCC/Legacy & DCS trains all from one app using about $50 of hardware and the DCS Premium app.
I've held off any future work on this until the WTIU & Base 3 hit the market with their new apps. Control of conventional trains is also on the list of future features.