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Independant Scroll Wheel

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Recently I've been wondering if it would be possible to take a scroll wheel from and old mouse and wire it up as it's own independant device, as I would like to have a scroll wheel available for use with my left thumb beside a keyboard while using a joystick in my right hand. Furthermore, I'm looking for something to waste some hours on, and this seemed like as good an idea as any.

I haven't got any experience in doing anything like this, but I'm eager to learn and give it a go. Does anybody know if this is plausible, and what might be involved in such a project?
post #2 of 4
Don't see why it wouldn't be possible. Take the mouse apart and get rid of the optical sensor and mouse buttons and put the scroll wheel and the board in an enclosure. For that matter though you can keep everything as is on the board and just put it in an enclosure, but if you want to make it thinner to sit next to the keyboard you want to remove every thing you can. The only potential downside to this is that it will still appear as a mouse to the computer but that shouldn't be a huge problem.
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Originally Posted by rocketboy07 View Post

Don't see why it wouldn't be possible. Take the mouse apart and get rid of the optical sensor and mouse buttons and put the scroll wheel and the board in an enclosure. For that matter though you can keep everything as is on the board and just put it in an enclosure. The only potential downside to this is that it will still appear as a mouse to the computer but that shouldn't be a huge problem.

That's possible without problems, you could do that just rotate it so that the rotational sensor is laying horizontally, and put a large wheel or something in the sensor. A tiny modification would also be to stick for example double-sided tape beneath the thingy so that it doesn't move around as much.

One alternative would be to just make said gadget using an arduino and a suited input device, but I think that would be kinda advanced.
post #4 of 4
I saw a project years back on the internets thing where somebody took the spinning read/write head out of a VCR (old media playback device that took giant plastic cartridges with magnetic tape on reels, replaced by DVD) and turned it into a jog controller.

Or, you could go buy one: http://store.griffintechnology.com/powermate
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