[chuck-users] Wireless controller for Chuck

Robert Poor rdpoor at gmail.com
Tue Mar 17 20:52:21 EDT 2009

I'm mortally embarrassed to report that the $9.99 controller from  


is anything but wireless.  It's wire-ful.  More like string-ful: the  
controller sits on the floor and a pair of retracting strings attach  
to your "golfing gloves" and reel in and out as you swing a tiny golf  

Um, anyone want it?  It's yours for the cost of shipping.  Or if you  
live in SF, come by and pick it up.  It might make for good  
performance art, but it's not what I'm looking for.

Next mail: related questions about the Wii controllers...

- Rob

On 3 Mar 2009, at 08:00, Robert Poor wrote:

> [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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