A key design criterion for the G3WGV Flex Controller is that it can be physically implemented according to personal taste. The software is designed from the outset to work with essentially any number of controls, all of which can, within reason, perform any function.
Right now, my development work is focussed on a physically quite large controller and I discussed the logic of this approach in some detail here. As I start to see light at the end of the long tunnel of concept through initial development, my mind is turning to the possibility of a more compact form of controller. The main driver for this is the prospect of operating remotely, perhaps from a hotel room when I'm away from home.
The debate quickly boils down to ergonomics, convenience and the resultant physical size of the panel. My thoughts are tending towards the idea that the mini-controller would only need one VFO knob (capable of controlling either VFO at the press of a button), four rotary encoders and eight push button switches. For numerous reasons, I would want to retain the 5" TFT display. This could give rise to a physical layout something like this:
In dimensional terms, this panel would be about 200mm wide by 130mm high (8" x 5"). As there is very little "inside the box", there is no real need for depth and the controller could go in a sloping panel console style of enclosure, perhaps something like the one below.
I would be interested to hear what my readers think about this (if any remain - you're mostly somewhat uncommunicative for much of the time!).