Hey everyone, it's been awhile since I've said anything regarding the paddles controllers. Here is what's been going on.
I've sold and delivered 5 Intellivision paddles, no CV controllers.
I've received feedback both through AtariAge, publicly and indirectly that it was too expensive. Some of the feedback was basically rude, turned me off from doing anything for awhile.
I've put some time into the design, both in the case and the electronics to make it easier and quicker to build. I've also made it more responsive on the Intellivison. Originally I was going to offer them at a lower price, but decided that I didn't want to deal with building and selling, and potentially more negative comments. I'm doing this for fun. I would rather work on my next ideas. I thought about just dropping it, but instead I've decided to open source the project. For personally use, not to be sold for profit.
As I type this I'm printing out what I hope will be the version of the case that will be the one for this open source release. I'm printing at 15mm, should take less than 10 hours. The old design took around 26 hours for much lower quality printing.
Working on the BOM
I have the version 3.1 PCB, though it says 3.0. Forgot to update it. Version 3.0 I forgot to hook up the 5 volts, oops. Also made some other changes that make it a better and easier to build the paddle.
Hopefully today or tomorrow I will build the new board, install in the case, write instructions, take pictures and test it. Then I will have to figure out how to publish to Instructibles.
I'm hoping to wrap this all up within a month and people can start building controllers.
The intellivision controller only works on the intellivision.
The CV controller will work on the atari 2600, atari 7800, C64, etc. Anything that is either left/right or up/down and one fire button.
Here are a couple of picture:
The board is approximately 38mm x 35mm
Some video, these videos are made using the prototype controller:
Atari 2600 kickman prototype:
Intellivision Mad Bomber: