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    Sheepdog rdholtz's Avatar
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    I just popped some information on this mouse in my worklog:

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    Shifter Mouse
    I came upon a very nice mouse for the shifter. I already had the PS2 version, but ordered the USB version for the vehicle. It was $20 from http://www.fentek-ind.com/fingermouse.htm
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    They were also available on Amazon, but, when I went to provide that link, they were "not available" there, at least right now. The reviews on Amazon were mixed, but mostly because it isn't great for use with a keyboard; you have to take the mouse off your finger to type. I've used it for testing, and I think it'll be just what I want, mounted in the vehicle.

    Mine isn't installed yet. My plan is to disassemble it and build a new shifter knob around it, much like a joystick. I'll run the USB cable out the bottom along the shift lever, rather than have it hanging out of the front.

    For those who want to try taking this finger mouse apart, there's a single Phillips-head screw under the label on the bottom of the mouse. Take that screw out, and it snaps apart nicely for any custom work we want to do.

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    I haven't done anything more with it yet, but I can see it becoming a joystick-like head on my shifter.

    These come in several colors from different vendors. Since I have both PS2 and USB versions, I swapped the mouseballs. I now have a black fingermouse with a black mouseball. That's nice and stealthy, in keeping with my desire to attract no interest from the Bad Guys Who Break In.
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    Any progress with this rdholtz? I had the same idea, I'm waiting on a spare shifter knob to come in so I can experiment and was just wondering how yours was coming

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    SD beats everything. So there. danielkh's Avatar
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    I have one of those if anyone wants it. Used it for a billiards game years ago.
    My opinion is my own.

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