I really don't understand why so many of you are all uptight about the Pro using a cable to do Telemetry... if you really USE Telemetry, instead of just wanting to be able to SAY you have it, you'll soon discover as I did with my internal telemetry modded 9X that well... using the TX screen for telemetry SUCKS. It's too small & too far away from line of sight to your craft.
In order for visual telemetry to be useful, it needs to be clear, concise, and in a location that your eyes fall on exactly the right information with just a glance. Otherwise, it's a hazard, not a help.
Spoken, cyclic telemetry and alarms are better in some ways, but still not REALLY everything; you REALLY still need a good, clear visual telemetry display mounted high on the TX AS WELL. There is no good way to do this that doesn't involve at least one external cable. Y'all need to just suck it up.
This is my current solution:
Analog 6-position switch is on my blog
, and I use a FRSKY DIY module modded into a spare Spektrum DM9 shell.
It provides the usual serial output to two (or sometimes 3) concurrent FRSky Telemetry LCDs up high & easy to read, as well as concurrent bluetooth out for use with my android tablet. I can run either FRSky Dashboard or FRSLogger for cyclic data announcement and alarms & logging, as well as being able to track location on Google Maps via the GPS data stream if I so desire. I've also loaded both apps on an old android phone, which works fabulously slipped into a shirt pocket for just the cyclic voice data and alarms via the speakerphone output.
The great part is it's completely platform-agnostic; I can use the entire setup on My 9x, my 9XR, a Taranis even or even an old JR 9303 and have all my telemetry EXACTLY where I want it.
Where I can see the Pro shining for me is higher resolution joysticks (even as poor a pilot as I am, I'm getting to the point where I can feel the difference) and being able to run almost the same port of OpenTX as the Taranis, and the convenience of the additional built-in ports & flash memory for more models. Rotary-encoder menu navigation would also be high on my list.
We'll see. I built my module library (I currently have Spektrum DSM2, ORX DSM2/X, Tactic, FRSky, Esky and FlySky built) planning to some day use them with a Taranis. If I can get the Pro board as an upgrade part or sell my 9XR and buy a 9XR Pro without eating too much, I might gladly wait for the Horus as my next major TX expenditure. Though I have to admit, using the touchscreen to configure my alarms is a LOT less hassle than messing with the menu via the Cross-Buttons.
Honestly; I'd really prefer to just ignore the crappy LCD and messing with menu buttons altogether and have a configuration app on my Tablet. With Bluetooth connectivity, there's really no reason we can't have that.
Mike... are you thinking what I'm thinking? :p
Are you pondering what I'm pondering, Pinky?
I think so, Brain; but this time, YOU put the rubber pants on the chimpanzee. The last one bit me so...