The MFD (Multi-function display) is salvaged from an old laptop. It is not running
GameGlass, like so many others SimPits out there do. Mostly because I’m not a fan of touchscreens or vendor lock-in. There is also the little detail that
GameGlass is simply not available for my operating system and does not know about all the Space Pew Pew I usually do.
When I was evaluating what to use to program mine I was caught between the difficult choice to learn yet another fancy framework, like
Raylib, that would do OpenGL ES 2.0 without X11 on the Raspberry Pi, or
OpenFrameworks, or simply go with something I knew already.
In the end I just threw the might of my CoffeeLake at it and went with
React since most of the data was already available via
Node-RED over Websockets anyway. Also…
Arwes is just so cool (alpha version or not) 🤩 and I had some experience with it thanks to my
Streaming Overlay that I also wrote with
Arwes. Connecting it to
Node-RED was just a matter of installing
Socket.IO to transport the messages. I rewrote the whole thing for version 2 though because the code for version 1 was a very hacky mess and the older
Arwes version was deprecated. The core functionality is still the same though.
Originally posted at https://simpit.dev/version-2/mfd-software/