The other day I found an old unused sports wheel, along with its foot pedals, I thought it will be nice to use the pedals to rotate the cube desktop in Linux, just to show off or impress some new customers... well not really.
I have configured my Linux Desktop Effects (I have installed Ubuntu 8.04) this way:
When you press Ctrl + Alt + Right arrow the cube turns right, and
When you press Ctrl + Alt + Left arrow the cube rotates to the left.
So we'll be making a switch to mechanically press the keys in the right order to achieve the effect
This instructable is VERY cheap, but it requires a little bit of work.
Thank you and have fun!
P.S. Some extra pics at: my blog
Step 1: Parts needed
so, most of the steps are the same.
1) A computer with linux and the rotating desktop cube installed (I have installed Ubuntu 8.04)
2) An unused / old / not working wheel game with pedals, you will only need the pedals. I think it doesn't matter which model is, we will make custom switches
3) An unused old keyboard - for the keys functionality (I had A LOT of unused keyboards at home)
4) Some foamy sheet - I found one at a handcraft shop, you don't even need a full sheet, just a little bit square inches.
5) A multimeter - not a must, but it really helps to check everything OK
6) A soldering iron
7) A dremel tool
8) Some cable, about 10 ft.
9) Plyers, tape, solder, tin foil, scotch tape, etc...