Read data from commonly-available "satellite" hobby R/C receivers.
satbot allows you to read and use the serial data output by common hobby R/C satellite receivers. It is possible to simply get the relative “stick” and switch positions, which is very convenient for embedded/robotic projects.
Note that only Spektrum brand DSMX satellite receivers have been tested to-date, but Futaba and off-brand DSM2/DSMX receivers should work, possibly with additional fiddling.
Assuming your satellite receiver is already bound to your transmitter and you’ve connected it via a USB dongle it should be possible to simply:
satbot start –foreground /dev/ttysXXX
At the command line, where /tmp/ttysXXX is the serial device associated with your receiver.
Download the file for your platform. If you're not sure which to choose, learn more about installing packages.