Lots going on at work, so little time for projects lately. I have been working on two large projects (one of which is in “secret” status), while the other is this: The working name is HIDBox. The goal is to create a box which will act as a USB HID device, and convert classic computer controllers (Atari/Commodore style 9 pin joysticks as well as PC 15 pin joysticks) for use with a modern PC.
The basis of this project is the TeensyUSB++ 2.0 microprocessor board, which can easily be programmed to become a USB joystick, mouse or keyboard (or all three at once if you prefer). Here I am testing an Atari CX-40 joystick on my PC (the switches were set up to have it become cursor keys plus the Z key, for using on VICE). I have also tested it using an old Thrustmaster FCS (playing US Navy Fighters in DOS Box – good times).
Lots of soldering and programming left, but so far all the concepts are proven, just need to get it finished.