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    The store description has been updated with some download links for the driver, etc. See it here: https://store.mp3car.com/ProductDeta...5&Show=ExtInfo

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    Quote Originally Posted by turbocad6 View Post
    I designed the pivot & it will use microswitches..
    Not to sidetrack this thread (and mod, please feel free to move the post if necessary), but are you saying that you have designed a pivot for the SpaceNavigator or this unit?

    I just finished installing a Griffin Powermate (left/right/central click) on a disassembled joystick base to achieve the functionality you describe. Works very well except for overall bulk (about the diameter/height of an 6-8oz drinking cup), and the mechanism is well hidden beneath a leather boot that extends below the knob to the base of the unit. Refining the mechanism would allow height to decrease by approximately 1-1.5"

    The USB interface for the joystick is through Joy2Mouse, which allows analog threshold and sensitivity to be set through software for the X and Y axes before triggering keypress events. Threshold turns out to be important for auto application to prevent vibration from triggering unintended movement...although a mechanical switch with preset springload as you describe would work as well.

    I'll post pics in a seperate thread for those who are intersested soon and put the link here.

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    Any chance of getting the example app coded in VB or C# and the source for that? I can't make heads or tails of C++

    Cool device though, the example works well and I can't wait to play with it more!

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    If you can understand C# the C++ should be pretty straight forward.
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    Who here got a development package from MP3Car?


    I did and would like to work other other people on it...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Quattro View Post
    If you can understand C# the C++ should be pretty straight forward.
    Probably true but I can barely make my way through C#...I can use a converter to turn C# into VB though. I just found a site that may convert C++ directly to VB though...hopefully that will work.

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    I ordered a dev kit and have started on a managed API dll (.NET Framework 2.0). Obviously I will not release anything until my encoder arrives but the interface seems pretty simple. I have built a few hardware APIs in the past so if you want an idea of what to expect you can take a look at the documentation on my EzLCD API:
    http://www.mr2-power.com/ezLCD/

    Obviously, the API for the encoder will not be nearly this complex but you get the idea. It will be fully documented just like the above example.

    If anyone's curious, here's info on the EzLCD lcd itself, it's a pretty cool device.
    http://www.ezlcd.com/

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    hey armstrom, I've looked at your ez lcd... really nice package... been considering using that as my climate control interface...., actually been considering even more than just climate control.... this thing can do so much looking forward to whatever you come up with on this haptic encoder...

    parksgm, I'm talking about a pivot designed for this encoder... I've been kinda deep into another project & haven't gotten around to ordering this encoder yet though, but I did order the benz knob for it... I've considered several different ways to use this encoder, a joystick is one the things I've considered as well as integrating this & the space navigator as one control... when I do do something with this, I'll let you know

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    So I recieved my haptic encoder tonight and am having some issues installing it... the drivers that you have listed on store page dont seem to have the correct drivers. The folder inside the zip folder says they are for a XM usb adapter. Are these the correct and im just doing something wrong??

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    The USB adapter board is simply a USB to TTL adapter. Chances are this board was designed with the same USB chip as the XM adapter (both need the same functionality). Just install the driver anyway the worst that can happen is that it doesn't work My encoder will be here today so if you want to wait until someone else tries the supplied driver just wait until tonight and I'll post my results.

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