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usb directional controller

February 16, 2006 | 2:14 am

Howdy –
I am curious as to whether any of you more experienced types are aware
of a USB controller that has directional (up-down-left-right) keys (or
could be used in such fashion) and a clickable button.

I am setting up an installation for which i don’t want the user to
really access anything else — or be confused as to what to do — so
setting up with a keyboard is out of the question. Four button
trackballs (or trackballs of any kind) won’t work either, as I’m
worried someone will make off with the ball.

I’ve given thought to using a USB numerical keypad, modding it with
backlight and changing out keys to straight up arrows and blanks
instead of numbers, coupled with a regular mouse, but it would be
really nice to just have a single interface for the user (instead of
two). There are some reasonable VoIP devices that look sort of like
what I’m looking for, but I’m worried the phone-oriented icons on the
controller will confuse any users.

Bring on the recommendations. Thanks in advance!

Cheers,
Jim


February 16, 2006 | 2:44 am

Well if you don’t mind taking something to bits and making an enclosure for it a cheap usb playstation joypad type controller might do.

http://www.consoleplus.co.uk/product_info.php?pName=double-s hock-pc-usb-joypad

best,

john.


February 16, 2006 | 2:44 am

try looking at a Human Interface Device (HID) which uses the HI object.

this usually means game controllers, which really open up the
possibilities to find what you want, and probably for relatively cheap.

I know that some old 8 bit Nintendo style controllers remade for USB
(up down left right a,b start select style) work with the HI object
in Max. Perhaps thats a starting point?

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February 16, 2006 | 3:21 am

Completely forgot about the NES style. Might work really well!
Thanks for the suggestion…


February 16, 2006 | 9:36 am



dan
February 16, 2006 | 6:14 pm

modding NES controllers to USB:

http://www.retrousb.com/nintendo.html

what they look like inside:

http://flickr.com/photos/danwinckler/sets/132194/

good ol’, rugged, chuck ‘em at the wall a thousand times NES
controllers. :) perfect for rough treatment in an installation.

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February 16, 2006 | 10:16 pm

Nice. Anyone have experience with alternate skins for the NES
gamepads? I think I’d rather stay away from the classic look out of
1) reverence for the past and my youth
2) avoidance of confusion with NES application
3) desire to maintain a look of my own for the installation

This is a great suggestion, though, and I will probably go for it.
J.



dan
February 18, 2006 | 4:57 pm

Nope, not familiar with re-skinning them. IMHO, unless you completely
change the form factor, i.e., make a new enclosure and buttons, no
amount of paint will change the instant impression of holding a
familiar game controller in your hand. :-/ It all depends on what
you’re going for.


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