Introduction: Make Your Own Mouse Trackball

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Step 1: Destroying Mouse

Picture of Destroying Mouse


Step 2: Making the Box

Picture of Making the Box


Step 3: Making Connections

Picture of Making Connections


Step 4: Software

Sakasa Mouse
This program serves to reverse the mouse movements.
When we make the trackball home, we must reverse the left-right movements.
The up-down movements are not altered by changing the mouse.
It can also be useful to use the mouse in a specific angle, changing the grades on the application.
Here you can download the application:

X-CONTROL mouse button
With this program we can provide custom functions to our buttons. Especially useful if, apart from left and right button, you have more buttons.

Here you can download the application:

I hope that helps someone.
Sorry for my english.


spamattakky (author)2015-04-07

Why is the video private? Can not view video!

gargoil (author)2015-02-03

I know that there is a "We have a be nice comment policy. Please be positive and constructive"

but if you post a video to teach something don't MAKE IT PRIVATE that is just Stupid

jurielg (author)2014-10-11

i made it and it works nice, but the only thing that it jerks a lot, probably need to paint it

I also had this problem, reducing the pointer speed fixed it pretty well.

prototyping_science (author)2015-01-02

Made it! Was looking to have a wireless, one hand version for browsing on the tv, and to leave the original mouse intact. Clean up the plastic roller and attached with hot glue. Works great- thanks for the idea : D

steven1996 (author)2011-11-26

I made some kind of an information panel using you trackball.

BettyHill (author)steven19962011-11-29

Very interesting application. Good job.

pork_hunt (author)2010-11-09

Been giving this a shot, intention is to have a game-pad style trackball. Case is an old RC heli controller, mouse is an old USB Dell. I had to chase up the invert y-axis command for linux.

The command to invert the y-axis on a mouse is...

xinput -list

xinput set-int-prop "device name" "Evdev Axis Inversion" 8 1 0

xinput -list will show you the "device name", in my case it is "USB Optical Mouse" Took me 2 hours of google-ing and working from manpages to come up with that damn command!

pork_hunt (author)pork_hunt2010-11-09

...And here she is all bolted together. You can see the left and right mouse microswitches double-sided-taped to the shoulders of the controller with the wires exposed, for now. Works well, ball sits very high, and the centre-click button isn't working for some reason, but otherwise it is perfect for media-centre/web browser use from the couch!

BettyHill (author)pork_hunt2010-11-16

Good job. Nice red light.
Wireless be better, do not you think?

et334 (author)2010-05-28

cool instructable, i agree that its not very detailed but all thats needed is there, i just added wires to each switch and the mouse wheel now i have a trackball mouse with 5 buttons and a wheel:) it works well in dota:)

BettyHill (author)et3342010-05-29

I am glad my instructable has helped you. 

klangton (author)2010-05-26

CERN's trackball from 1970's

bitterbierce (author)2010-05-23

Mi inglés SI es bueno, mándame lo que quieras traducir y con mucho gusto lo haré.
Un saludico  -(|:-)

BettyHill (author)bitterbierce2010-05-24

 Muchas gracias, con el saludico y la boina me has convencido totalmente.
Dada la popularidad que está teniendo este instructable me gustaria realizarlo con mas detalles y mas textos, en tal caso me haria falta un poco de ayuda (aparte del traductor del Google).
Muchas gracias de nuevo.
Otro saludico, -(|;-)

bitterbierce (author)BettyHill2010-05-24

Si, la gente se queja, en esencia, porque tiene muy poco detalle y tienen que adivinar como se hacen las cosas.

yes, people are complaning because, basically, there is little detail and they have to guess hwo things come together.  (this is the English translation of what is written above)  The english translation of this instructable should appear soon, (courtesy of yours truly)

limonchi (author)BettyHill2010-05-24

muy buena idea, te falta mejorar el acabado, pero me gusta,
ya estoy buscando un candidato que destrozar
me suscribo, para ver la evolucion

profpat (author)2010-05-21

 muy bien, muchos gracias,

 will add this to my future projects....

bowmaster (author)2010-05-20

 Um, what?

FTZ (author)2010-05-20

Ha! Very nice idea. Just missing those "key elements" in the instructions.

Turning the "down side" of the mouse up and track the ball, then inverting it with software so simple! And to that efect the deodorant ball is just briliant!!!

I will try this one, good work on the idea!


Ninja1507 (author)2010-05-20

They are, but It gives me the general Idea. so thats all i really needed. but I definately agree with Trainguyxx its very vague

beavers57 (author)2010-05-20

Hi Gato,
Great idea. I could do with more details myself. If your language is Spanish, post the instructions or send me an email and I'll translate it for you.
un saludo,

BettyHill (author)beavers572010-05-20

Hola Beavers57,   mi idioma es el español y  mi ingles no es bueno. 
Acepto con gusto tu ofrecimiento. ¿Como puedo contactar contigo?
Publiqué este instructable sin imaginar que iba a crear tanto interes. Consideraré la posibilidad de hacer una nueva version del instructable, en tal caso contaré con tu colaboracion.
Muchas Gracias.

Translated by Google Traslator:
Hello Beavers57 , my language is Spanish and my English is not good.
Gladly accept your offer. How I can contact you?
I posted this instructable not imagine that would create much interest. Consider the possibility of making a new version of the instructable, if so tell your cooperation.
Thank you very much.

Don Gato.

Trainguyxx (author)2010-05-20

The instructions are a bit vague, aren't they?

gmoon (author)2010-05-18

Hey, you made Hack-a-day! Nice!

Too bad the feature team here didn't think as much of it...

Jayefuu (author)gmoon2010-05-19

I agree with robomaniac, it's lacking enough detail to get featured.

BettyHill (author)Jayefuu2010-05-19

Sorry for not giving more details. This is my first instructable.
and my english is not good enough.
Anyway thanks for your interest

Jayefuu (author)BettyHill2010-05-19

It's much better than my first one! :D Didn't mean to put it down, was just commenting that it wasn't the best ever so probably didn't meet the feature criteria. :)

robomaniac (author)2010-05-18

There is NO instructions, the track ball mouvement need more detail.

picture of the deodorant roll ball connected to the optical mouse part should be way more clear.

speedphreak (author)2010-05-18

Nice hack.  Will have to put this in my back pocket in case I ever need this type of functionality.  Thanks.

lemonie (author)2010-05-17

The optical mouse-part tracks the movement of ball I guess?


ironsmiter (author)lemonie2010-05-17

yes. the ball becomes your new mouse pad. and you move you "pad" instead of the mouse...

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