Other Devices

There are a wide variety of HIDs that don't fit neatly into the above categories, but nonetheless could be interesting musical controllers, devices such as steering wheels, gamepads, the Griffin PowerMate[gri()] USB knob or the SpaceOrb [spa()]. Many of these input devices are supported by the Linux input event system, which means that they are supported by the [linuxevent] object. [gemorb] supports the SpaceOrb, a six degree of freedom ball controller which attaches to the computer using a serial port. The SpaceOrb is a cheap and interesting controller, but in the long run, its low resolution limits it use as a musical controller.

Figure 5: PowerMate USB knob and SpaceOrb
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Figure 6: A force-feedback gamepad and steering wheel
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Hans-Christoph Steiner 2005-04-25