usb directional controller

Feb 16, 2006 at 2:14am

usb directional controller

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

#24448
Feb 16, 2006 at 2:44am

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.

#70678
Feb 16, 2006 at 2:44am

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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#70679
Feb 16, 2006 at 3:21am

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

#70680
Feb 16, 2006 at 9:36am

#70681
Feb 16, 2006 at 6:14pm

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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#70682
Feb 16, 2006 at 10:16pm

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.

#70683
Feb 18, 2006 at 4:57pm

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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