First of all my appologies if this is off topic, but I don’t know enough about electronics to even start looking in the right place…
I’m hoping the experts here can point me in the right direction, and solve this puzzle:
Essentially I need to interface an electic bike with a C# software running on a netbook via USB to do few rudimentary tasks. I’m not sure what this
USB controller is or if it even exists, but here is what this controller \ “thing” needs to do:
- Pass some kind of input to software that approximately represents speed of wheel turning (accuracy / MPH not imporant…relative is fine)…I was
thinking about using a cheap bicycle dynamo that lights a 6 volt bulb or something similar…that I can wire to the controller “thing” that will feed
info back to software.
- Outputs voltage regulation…so that I can limit output that goes to bicycle wheel…for example if I want to stop all current to wheel via
software. I’m not concerned about power details here…i will find a way to modulate / contorl power, but just need something that will alow me to do
it from software.
Software should light 6 different leds. For example if i click button on netbook I need a led to light…simple.
Softoware should respond to 5 buttons mounted on the bicycle frame…if i press button software get’s an event and shows message on screen.
The key here is for software to handle all the events/inputs/outputs for speed, buttons, leds, and voltage regulator…etc i just dont know what the
USB “thing” is that has drivers and that I can program against and use to inteface with the electonics.
Can someone suggest what usb controller / “thing” would be appropriate for this setup? Or an adaptor or two that I can use to accomplish the same?
Again, my applogies for pre-newb questions…any help would be much appreciated. Thank you in advance for any and all help…