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Simple spinner with optical mouse + a round plate (HDD)
« on: October 13, 2011, 07:30:06 am »
Hi!

I'm thinking of trying out a new spinner project. This is supposed to be a low-cost/no-cost project.
Everyone can find a optical mouse laying around which they are not using. How about "inverting" the use of the mouse. Have the mouse stationary, and move the mousepad instead? F.ex. using a harddrive plate (works well as a fly-wheel) from a harddrive, and mount the mouse so that the optical sensor is hitting the outermost part of the harddrive plate? In theory the mouse would move a bit up or down when doing this (because it's a disc rotating), is that a problem? Is it possible to restrict the mouse to only go perfectly right or left? Anyways, 90% or more of the movement will be sideways.

This is just an idea I'm throwing out there. I need some opinions.
A "mouse" which will be perfect for this project is the finger mouse from dealextreme

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Re: Simple spinner with optical mouse + a round plate (HDD)
« Reply #1 on: October 13, 2011, 07:54:08 am »
Since a spinner would really only be driving 1 direction, even if you get a slight drift in the other direction, it won't matter because Mame won't be using that direction anyway.

Cool idea. I'd like to see how it turns out.

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Re: Simple spinner with optical mouse + a round plate (HDD)
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Re: Simple spinner with optical mouse + a round plate (HDD)
« Reply #4 on: October 13, 2011, 08:54:52 am »
Thank you! Nice inspiration for my hack!

Seems like I must get better in searching the forums.

Still new around MAME, but me and a friend is planning to build a cabinet (on budget). That's why I'm thinking about a solution for a spinner. What's arkanoid without it?  ;)
Btw: Supported the site by buying the book :)

Will post here when I get further in the project.

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Re: Simple spinner with optical mouse + a round plate (HDD)
« Reply #5 on: October 13, 2011, 10:49:27 am »
And this one:



http://forum.arcadecontrols.com/index.php?topic=113528.msg1206395#msg1206395

 :D Didn't expect to see my crude mock up used as an example this morning.
I thought by definition a crude mock up must utilize cardboard.

That is more like an early revision.
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Re: Simple spinner with optical mouse + a round plate (HDD)
« Reply #6 on: October 13, 2011, 11:10:24 am »
I thought by definition a crude mock up must utilize cardboard.

That is more like an early revision.

Meh. I just threw together something from the extra crap I had laying around the garage. I was all out of cardboard at the time. ;)