Instead of trying to cram the "most-used" controls onto one control panel
(and being inspired by the Roswell
88201 cabinet) I have opted to go for multiple control panels that
can be swapped out on demand. I also want to implement some kind of "standard"
for the interface between the various control panels and the PC in order
to ease construction of new control panels and interfacing all control
panels with 1 connector.
I also had a crazy idea to use some kind of dot-matrix LED cluster that
could be programmed what to display on the fly. Then (using a custom
frontend) you could display on the actual control panel what each control
did for that specific game! It would also give a cool looking effect
on the control panel, with the glowing LED's on it. Any suggestions
on how something like this could be done easily and fairly cheaply?
email me and I will post it
So far, I have several control panels planned for the cabinet:
2 Joysticks/6 buttons for each
4 Joysticks/2 buttons for each
3" Trackball with joystick
Spinner and joystick (Tron-style) (spinner
based on TwistyGrip's design)
Flight-stick (Star Wars style, inspired
Steering Wheel with pedal(s) and High/Low shifter
"Other consoles" panel, including interfaces
for original gamepads for Atari 2600, Nintendo, SNES, etc...
I also have ideas for other control panels, but probably will never
build because I have no need (yet):
Gun control panel (either using a gun on a cable, or fixed to the control
The control panels will slide into and out of the control panel bay.
Once I get the first control panel built, I will post pictures here on
how I did it. Instead of using a Molex connector like in the Roswell
cabinet, I will instead be using ribbon cable and pin connectors (like
on IDE cables). This should give me enough expandability and "room
to move around" so I won't feel so cramped.
Like I said above, I want to develop some kind of standard for this
interface. The interface must carry power and data for both the keyboard
and mouse interfaces. Ribbon cable should be sufficient (as long
as I don't use any high-current devices). I also want to be able
to install and remove ALL the control panels on the fly, I do not want
to have to reboot in order to switch control panels. For the keboard
portion of the interface (using the KE24-FAST keyboard encoder) I don't
think this will cause a problem. I am a little concerned about the
mouse interface. Any ideas?
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