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Ricardo Pascal

Usually a Python programmer, sometimes an Angular programmer, a physics dropou planning a triumphal come back, currently working as bioinformatician and team leader in a biotech company in south Brazil.

Enjoy expose/consume data from rest API's and teach/evangelize python newcomers.

Controlling a motor using wifi connection and a gamepad

Hobbyking sells a neat wifi receiver to control planes and cars using android or IOS devices. So I bought one and used my computer and a gamepad to control a motor.


A description of the receiver protocol can be found at rcgroups forum

"If someone is interested: The HK Wifi Unit can be used with any WIFI enabled device. Though I do not have a unit, I just checked out the code. The HK Wifi unit waits on IP on port 8899. The socket timeout should be set to 1000ms. One message has a length of 11 bytes. The first 4 bytes are always 85-0-11-0. After that, the values of the 4 channels are transmitted in correct order (channels 1-4). The next 2 bytes (9,10) are not used at all (maybe space for another 2 channels in the future). The last byte is reserved as control byte. All 10 data-bytes are added and transmitted as last byte. I hope I could help you. I do not have the time to develope an android app at this very moment, but it should be really easy. Hope to see some in the near future."


  • You can find some info about sockets in my previous post: how not to create a network game
  • If you buy the receiver from this link I will earn some cents to use on my next shop.
  • The Gamepad code requires the Pygame library

    sudo apt-get install python-pygame

Code explanation

  • It will run a loop and check for gamepad input. If you press the square buttom the connection to receiver will be stablished.
  • If you press the circle buttom, the power of all channels will down to 0, the connection will be closed and the loop will end.
  • If you move the left analogic stick in the up direction, the motor will gain a power increment.

The output from gamepad is a float between 0 and 1. I have defined the base power as 50, so for each .1 incremment in gamepad input, the motor increase it power in 5 units going to a maximum of 100.

The code

by Ricardo Pascal on Dec. 16, 2012

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