This is a little project I just HAD to do after I found the pedals from a scrapyard. Originalyl the thing is used for controlling something up/down, most likely in a factory of some kind. The pedal is made of sturdy plastic and feels pretty high quality, which also lets to expect it's "industry-grade".
Anyway, on with the project. I wondered a while what to do with a pedal and then figured it might be nice if it would be connected to the back/forward buttons of a mouse. I had a wireless Intellimouse Explorer lying around, so on with the modding.
The first and hardest step was soldering the required four wires to the PCB of the mouse. This model has two circuit boards one on top of another, which made this a bit tricky. I had already once changed one of the buttons because one of them broke down, so I had some training under my belt on this.
Then I tested which connections are the right ones on the buttons and attached the cables. I also used some spiral wrap to give atleast some cover for the wires in the hostile under-table world full of blindly kicking feet.
And the whole thing ready for some testing. The back/forward buttons maybe weren't the best ones for this kind of use, as they are also on the mouse I'm using normally. However this worked well when browsing through forums :) Mainly I made this to test how well the pedals work, next step would be to go to the next level with this same pedal and actually make it useful! Stay tuned, and please, leave comments and ideas for any future use.
So far the best thing I've come up with is to hook the buttons up to a keyboard so the pedal would work as lean left and right on a FPS-game. I think that would be the most "natural" use for it. Maybe I should also add some heaters to keep the toes warm on wintertime or fans? No blue leds here, that's for sure.
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