The Orbotron 9001 is a 9-pin serial to USB "hardware driver" for the SpaceOrb 360, SpaceBall 4000/5000, and Magellan Spacemouse 6dof devicesDesigned by Thingotron, Ships from United States of America
Featured on Hanselminutes! I'm deeply honored to have been included in Scott Hanselman's Hanselminutes podcast here; great to find another Orb fan! The Orbotron 9001 The Orbotron 9001 is a "hardwar...Read More…
I'm deeply honored to have been included in Scott Hanselman's Hanselminutes podcast here; great to find another Orb fan!
The Orbotron 9001 is a "hardware driver" for the SpaceTec SpaceOrb 360 and similar devices such as the SpaceBall 4000/5000 and Magellan SpaceMouse.
Back in 1996, attending the Game Developers' Conference near my terrible shareware game release ("Flynn Sprint"; ah, halcyon days) I ran across the Spacetec Spaceorb 360 (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SpaceOrb_360), a 6dof input device which has not been equaled in the years since.
Alas, support for the SpaceOrb faltered, and after writing SpaceOrb drivers for Windows XP, I began to look for a hardware solution to supporting these great old devices.
After a moderately successful attempt to make an Arduino shield which would do the job, I finally settled on the SAMD 21 chip and designed an arduino-IDE compatible board which handles the DB-9 serial conversion and represents the Orb as a 6-axis, 16-button device (using the Orb's six buttons and chording to give 16 virtual buttons, a toggleable feature).
For 6dof games like Descent, there still remains no more effective controller, and I still love the thing. Production of boards is pretty slow as we have a 1-year-old, but they do keep coming!
|Shipping Rate||First item||Additional items|
United States Postal Service: Priority Mail
We recognize our top users by making them a Tindarian. Tindarians have access to secret & unreleased features.
We look for the most active & best members of the Tindie community, and invite them to join. There isn't a selection process or form to fill out. The only way to become a Tindarian is by being a nice & active member of the Tindie community!