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DIY: USB Rotary Control w/Atari style knob

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What happened with the Cyclone, anyway?

 

In short, life happened.

 

They are coming. I had to remake the spinner knobs as I made them too thin and they broke too easily. I just put together the template for mounting and I mounted a test unit in a box to make a quick video using it with retro pi.

 

very soon (and very sorry it is taking so long).

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Now available for only $40.00 plus Shipping.

(click on link for more info)

INTRODUCING THE ALL NEW

CYCLONE USB SPINNER by Hotz!

Only 20 14 left!

 

 

Having bought this, could you tell me anything about the rotary encoder? Pulses per rotation, absolute or incremental, optical or mechanical? Thanks!

 

I'll have to see if this will fit in one of my 7800 arcade controllers to make a Tron controller.

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Having bought this, could you tell me anything about the rotary encoder? Pulses per rotation, absolute or incremental, optical or mechanical? Thanks!

 

I'll have to see if this will fit in one of my 7800 arcade controllers to make a Tron controller.

 

 

It is optical. As the video states, the spinner is built on an optical mouse PCB. So the system see it as a mouse. Because that's what it is, a single axis mouse.

 

You will have to mess with your settings (within your emulator) to get it dialed in. I didn't not test with every game to see what the optimum settings would be.

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Just a reminder when I make projects like this, I sell them on a first come first serve basis. So, if you want one you might want to buy now. I don't know if I'll be making any more of these spinners. It took me much longer than I had originally thought it would to make this happen.

 

Right now there are only 4 left to purchase as of the writing of this message.

 

For more info on purchasing this spinner, please see the official for sale topic in the "Buy, Sell, and Trade" sub forum:

 

USB Rotary Control, MAME, EMULATION

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Question: What would you recommend for a FIRE button? I've been doing searches all morning for something like a single USB Arcade button and I'm coming up blank (or zero delay 8+ button kits).

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ClassicGMR,

I've never seen a single USB arcade button. Typically you'll need to buy the arcade button (microswitch) and then interface it to USB. I'm not sure if pboland has button inputs on his trackball. If not, you can use a 32U4 based Arduino for the interface. Buttons and interfaces are available from https://www.adafruit.com/

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Question: What would you recommend for a FIRE button? I've been doing searches all morning for something like a single USB Arcade button and I'm coming up blank (or zero delay 8+ button kits).

 

USB arcade control boards are quite cheap. Here is the one I tend to use:

 

USB Encoder to PC Joystick and Button For MAME

 

It only $6.99. You just need to buy yourself a button or two (which are also pretty cheap from aliexpress).

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ClassicGMR,

I've never seen a single USB arcade button. Typically you'll need to buy the arcade button (microswitch) and then interface it to USB. I'm not sure if pboland has button inputs on his trackball. If not, you can use a 32U4 based Arduino for the interface. Buttons and interfaces are available from https://www.adafruit.com/

 

Unfortunately, I did not include terminals to add buttons to this version of the spinner. The reason was for cost reduction.

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got mine today. feels good, nice weight to it.

 

will be awhile before i can figure out how i want to mount it, and give it a good test.

 

thanks for being so prompt on sending it out.

 

later

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Hey guys,

 

I've had a couple people express interest in purchasing spinners that missed this first run. If you are wanting a spinner and didn't get a chance to purchase in the first run. Please let me know. If I can hit 10 units I will make another run of these spinners. Actually they would be slightly different because the mouse PCB I used for these spinners is no longer available. So I would need to start looking for a new mouse PCB.

 

Let me know if you guys are interested.

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Another run of USB spinner controllers will be made.

 

I have officially started the process of finding new mouse PCBs to make another run of these spinners. This is going to take some time. At least a month or two for me to nail down the PCBs. I'm also in the process of upgrading my 3D printer which is used to make a couple of key parts of these spinners. That will happen at the same time as the search for the new mouse PCB's. I'm hoping that this next batch of spinners will be ready by September (this could change). I'm thinking about a couple small upgrades that I might add to the spinner as long as it doesn't really effect the price too much.

 

I have also started a list of those interested in purchasing a spinner control. If you are interested and have not made it know you are interested, now is the time to do so. More news to come. Stay tuned...

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1 hour ago, pboland said:

I'm thinking about a couple small upgrades that I might add to the spinner as long as it doesn't really effect the price too much.

You have my attention. :) What type of upgrades? Just out of curiosity.

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6 hours ago, ClassicGMR said:

You have my attention. :) What type of upgrades? Just out of curiosity.

I'm going to look into adding a connection for one (or maybe two) buttons. The other idea is very minor but, I'm looking into a different material for the disk. Keep in mind I'm just looking into the possibility and it may not happen. It all about cost and time. Right now what makes these spinners attractive to people is the cost. If the cost goes too high I'm afraid people will loose interest. One step at a time...

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4 hours ago, pboland said:

I'm going to look into adding a connection for one (or maybe two) buttons. The other idea is very minor but, I'm looking into a different material for the disk. Keep in mind I'm just looking into the possibility and it may not happen. It all about cost and time. Right now what makes these spinners attractive to people is the cost. If the cost goes too high I'm afraid people will loose interest. One step at a time...

Totally get it. :)

 

IF IF IF IF you add the ability to add buttons I'd buy another one in a heartbeat so keep me in mind for your "list" purposes. :)

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