Status update: 10/8/2010 - Project #1 on hold until further notice. Details here. All parts have been transfered to project #2. These will be completed one day. Either as controls for a cocktail cabinet, or as the original plan - an epic PC arcade stick.
Status update: 27/10/2010 - One of the boxes has died due to dodgy glue and excess heat :( This may be the project that never was. Curse our insane Aussie weather...
No idea where the idea came from. I guess it started while taking a sore thumb break after a heavy MAME session with a horrible little gamepad thing. Build an arcade controller. But hey, why stop at one. Build a pair of arcade controllers that can be used independently, joined and used as an upright cabinet panel, or attached to both sides of a cocktail cabinet (start guessing now what projects #2 and #3 will be). There's plenty of scrap pine lying around. I found a place online selling all sorts of arcade machine hardware. Sounds fun and easy.
Step 1: Buy a box of buttons and a joystick, then design a case around them...
The Quest Goes Well
Stuff To Do
Hacked generic USB dual analog 12 button controller. Need another one, and have to make up wiring harness for both. Overkill for P2 but they're cheap and plentiful on ebay. Very simple PCB that's easy to work with. The analog sticks won't be used.