[chuck-users] Wireless controller for Chuck

Daniel Trueman dtrueman at Princeton.EDU
Tue Mar 17 22:28:26 EDT 2009

i gotta just chime in here; i think this controller is awesome! and  
quite frankly much more interesting that the Wii, which, though  
wireless, is pretty crude in terms of control. but just my 2 cents!


On Mar 17, 2009, at 8:52 PM, Robert Poor wrote:

> I'm mortally embarrassed to report that the $9.99 controller from  
> Amazon:
> http://www.amazon.com/Catz-Real-World-Bundle-Gametrak/dp/B00125V2I6/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1236093078&sr=8-1
> 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 club.
> 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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