PIPER COMMAND CENTER

Ready to launch? Begin here to build, connect, and code your Piper Command Center. Follow the tutorials below to get started.

In this step, you will use the Piper Command Center kit, a blueprint, and a screwdriver to build a working game controller with an Arduino microcontroller at its center. In the process, you will learn the main parts of a game controller and how to breadboard the components of your controller to a microcontroller

Instructions: Use the blueprint included in the box to build your Command Center. Follow the video below to guide you through the building process:

Get the PDF version of the Piper Command Center blueprint on the download. 😎👉

NOTE: The last step of your blueprint instructs you to plug your Command Center into a Raspberry Pi. Ignore that! Instead, plug your command center into a USB port on your computer.

Building is just the beginning! Expect the building process to take you roughly 1 hour. Once you’re finished, just a few quick steps will get you up and running. Then you’ll be able to play games and complete creative projects with your Piper Command Center.

Did you enjoy building and wiring your controller? Let us know in the comments section at the bottom of this page.

Time to troubleshoot. Wiring is the next step to get your controller working well. Then you’ll be on your way to testing your joystick and buttons, troubleshooting the firmware, and one step closer to coding it exactly as you want.

Step 1: Install Arduino IDE

Download the Arduino IDE:

If on PC, Mac, or Linux download the Arduino IDE here.
If on a Chromebook, code online with Arduino's web editor here.

Step 2: Watch Troubleshooting Video

If you are having problems, rewatch the video to check your work!

Note: Follow these steps to properly register the Microcontroller Board with the Command Center Controller Default Firmware:

  1. Open up the installed Arduino IDE
  2. Next configure the IDE
    1. Select Board Type: Tools > Board > “Arduino/Genuino Micro”
    2. Select Port: Tools > Port > “...(Arduino/Genuino Micro)”


NOTE: Once uploaded, remember to attach the top cover: Piece #7 or Piece #8. With the build and code complete, visit the Resource Section to test your gaming skills.

To use the Piper Command Center as a game controller, try out the Command Center Firmware Tutorial in the Tutorial Section


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