Worklog - Finishing the console (Octomber 24 2010)
I just received the MDF from the painter. I was not 100% satisfied, because there was a slight problem, but the overall finish was smooth and shiny. What i noticed and is good to share with you, is that the color was thick enough to make the holes smaller! For example, the LED holes and the button holes are now quite smaller. I think they are about half a millimeter smaller. Anyway, here is the console housing:
With no further ado, i began assembling the console:
I had all the PCBs made, the PICs programmed and the wirings soldered
I put the PCBs in place. Due to the paint, the PCBs had to be slightly forced to fit
With a few hot melt glue, i secured the PCBs in place
Then, i secured the LED pushbuttons in place again with hot meld glue.
Finishing the console...
I closed the bottom side with the acrylic glass that carries the 3 blue LEDs
And i put all the keys and the joystick tops
I took an old hand free cord
And i removed the speaker cover
I dipped just a few hot-melt glue inside the cover near the perimeter
And i put it to cool down in a clean glass surface
This way i had a smooth flat surface near the perimeter
And that is where i dipped a small amount of general purpose glue
I used this plastic cover to cover the buzzer hole that i made near the LEDs. Look at the final result. Click to enlarge (as always):
And what about the Blue LED Effect?
Oh yes, that one... Remember the 3 blue LEDs that are inside the bottom cover made of transparent acrylic glass? Well, here is the effect:
No button pressed
A Button is pressed
Whenever a button is pressed or a move is done with the joystick, the LEDs becomes brighter. When the button or joystick is released, the LEDs dims slowly back to the original state.
Well, "lol", as i always, say "Use all your abilities to win". After all, you can get yourself a customizable controller from the market. And then, i hope i meet you in the battlefield... preferably at the opposite team... ;) ;) ;)
PS: This is not cheating. I don't use a bot to do something that i can't, faster or more accurate. I mean, hey, be wise and gather all the shortcuts that you need close. You can do that. You can customize your shortcuts... You can use the shift key, the control, double clicks...Everything. Is this so hard to do? Or do you miss the LED effect that i have???
Just ran across your site! Thank you! Very informative! A note to Marc Leonhart (since nobody answered him; AND although I haven't studied all the specifics): I believe an input device like this could do anything you would like it to do. It is custom made. I'm sure it could be modified to any purpose!
Of course it can. But there are in the market remarkable shortcut consoles for this. You may be interested in this project, either if you want to DIY and for you the trip is more important than the destination, or because you want to do something that the market consoles wont do. In my case, i fit in both cases. The joystick for example is not just a normal arrow key replacement. Does much more that a normal game console cannot be programmed to do. But most of all, i just wanted to do it...