[Pepijn de Vos] wanted a 6DOF HID. You know, a 6 Degrees Of Freedom hardware interface device. These are the fancy controllers for navigating in 3D space, for use as Computer Aided Design, or Kerbal Space Program. And while we can’t talk to [Pepijn]its KSP dependency, we know that the commercially available controllers are prohibitively expensive. It takes some serious CAD work to justify the expense. [Pepijn] falls somewhere in between, and while he couldn’t justify the expense, he has the chops to design and 3D print his own.
Awesome, he has shared the design files for SpaceFox, linked above. There are 6 spring loaded potentiometers, supporting a floating printed Big Knob. The pots are fed into an Arduino Pro Micro, which calculates the knob’s position on the fly and feeds into the connected computer. On the computer side, the project uses
spacenavd driver to interface with various applications.
SpaceFox V1 is really a proof of concept, just asks someone to come along and turn off the rough edges. [Pepijn] even includes a wish list of improvements, but with the caveat that he’s happy with his working model. If this project really gets your 6DOF juices flowing, please try making an improved version and share the improvements. And let us know about it!
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