[chuck-users] Wireless controller for Chuck

Robert Poor rdpoor at gmail.com
Tue Mar 3 11:00:55 EST 2009

[Further apologies for cluttering up the mailing list, etc...]

It's a pity, but the orb-like Puzzlesphere appears to be UK-only.   
I'll report back whether or not the Gametrak / PS2 little golf club is  
HID compliant after I get it.

- Rob

On 3 Mar 2009, at 07:48, Kassen wrote:

> Rob;
> By the way, this may be the same controller that Kassen mentions:
> http://www.amazon.com/Catz-Real-World-Bundle-Gametrak/dp/B00125V2I6/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1236093078&sr=8-1
> On sale through Amazon for $9.99 (though shipping makes it more like  
> $19.99).  I'm amused by the idea of controlling ChucK by swinging a  
> little golf club over my head, so I ordered one.
> Oh, sorry, no, I meant the ones in this series;
> http://www.amazon.co.uk/IN2GAMES-Realplay-Puzzlesphere-PS2/dp/B000XJ4ZAY
> I didn't test the one that you link to but I've been intrigued by  
> that model's positioning sensor as well. On the bright side; that  
> one is by the same company and has USB so my bet would be that it  
> would also be HID compliant, I believe they may have anticipated  
> releasing a game with the same controller for the PC.
> The ones marked "Realplay" have been tested by me and some friends  
> and despite not mentioning anything about standards they are known  
> to work without complaints with Linux, Mac and Windows, CK, SC and  
> MAX; that's good enough for me.
> I think the plan was to jump on the Wii bandwagon and profit from  
> the Wii shortage and PS2 install base last years holliday season.  
> This failed; the games "shovel ware" but at discounted prices the  
> sensors are very nice indeed. They are quite sensitive with a jitter  
> of about .25% of their range and the range is nicely shaped as  
> normal tilting will stay in the more modest numbers while you need  
> serious heavy shaking to get to the extremes. Multiple identical  
> controllers can be used on a single laptop (at least 2, I have no  
> idea about the max) but the dongles are speciffic per model.  
> Mysteriously the "hat" switch translates to 4 buttons instead of a  
> normal hat and the devices report having two buttons to te host  
> while I can't find those or connections for them on the actual device.
> Appologies for going OT but in-depth information on such devices  
> from a perspective like this list's is hard to come by; I had to  
> take a bet on one working because I couldn't find a thing and  
> haven't found a list/forum dedicated to this subject, I hope  
> livecoding purists (does such a person exist?) and those who won't  
> play on anything but weighted hamer-action keys with plyphonic  
> aftertouch will understand ;¬).
> I have no shares in this company, BTW, which is probably a good thing.
> Kas.
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