Crazy idea for a custom input device?
Posted 08 August 2009 - 08:36 PM
Posted 09 August 2009 - 10:59 PM
Posted 10 August 2009 - 06:42 AM
Yeah, but one day, we will all have something similar to this coffee table.
However, it's extremely over prices
Nevertheless, you are still talking about building a touch screen input device and while touch screens have been around for years, building one on your own is a big project, and would require an understanding of electronics systems and theory, hardware maintenance, and software programming. If each of these 4 x 2.5 inch panels do more than act as a button, then the programming would be very complex, and I suspect the panels expensive.
I would start with Google http://www.google.co...b...mp;oq=&aqi=
Posted 10 August 2009 - 06:58 AM
OR a "niftier" method would be to get a touch reactive overlay for an existing monitor (again...of any size)...which is basically a piece of plastic with touch capabilities that you can put over any surface....this would allow you to place the film over anything (a mirror, a picture frame...anything)...then do the same job of writing a custom application (in VB i would imagine) that would react to the touches however you like
Posted 10 August 2009 - 08:31 AM
Posted 10 August 2009 - 08:39 AM
Posted 10 August 2009 - 08:49 AM
Reminds me of years ago when to program, you set a bank of 8 toggle switches to "on" (1 or high) or to "off" (0 or low).
you could have the microcontroller read the ups and downs on the voltage and translate that to numbers in a register...then have a simple application that watches the serial port all the time read those numbers off the serial port
Posted 10 August 2009 - 09:00 AM
Posted 10 August 2009 - 09:19 AM
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