Picture of Make your own mouse trackball

Step 1: Destroying mouse

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spamattakky4 months ago

Why is the video private? Can not view video!

gargoil6 months ago

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

jurielg10 months ago

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.

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
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steven19963 years ago
I made some kind of an information panel using you trackball.
elgatoandaluz (author)  steven19963 years ago
Very interesting application. Good job.
pork_hunt4 years ago
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!
...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!
elgatoandaluz (author)  pork_hunt4 years ago
Good job. Nice red light.
Wireless be better, do not you think?
et3345 years ago
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:)
elgatoandaluz (author)  et3345 years ago
I am glad my instructable has helped you. 
klangton5 years ago
CERN's trackball from 1970's
Mi inglés SI es bueno, mándame lo que quieras traducir y con mucho gusto lo haré.
Un saludico  -(|:-)

elgatoandaluz (author)  bitterbierce5 years ago
 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, -(|;-)
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)
muy buena idea, te falta mejorar el acabado, pero me gusta,
ya estoy buscando un candidato que destrozar
me suscribo, para ver la evolucion
profpat5 years ago
 muy bien, muchos gracias,

 will add this to my future projects....
bowmaster5 years ago
 Um, what?
FTZ5 years ago
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!

Ninja15075 years ago
They are, but It gives me the general Idea. so thats all i really needed. but I definately agree with Trainguyxx its very vague
beavers575 years ago
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,
elgatoandaluz (author)  beavers575 years ago
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.
Trainguyxx5 years ago
The instructions are a bit vague, aren't they?
gmoon5 years ago
Hey, you made Hack-a-day! Nice!

Too bad the feature team here didn't think as much of it...
Jayefuu gmoon5 years ago
I agree with robomaniac, it's lacking enough detail to get featured.
elgatoandaluz (author)  Jayefuu5 years ago
Sorry for not giving more details. This is my first instructable.
and my english is not good enough.
Anyway thanks for your interest
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. :)
robomaniac5 years ago
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.
speedphreak5 years ago
Nice hack.  Will have to put this in my back pocket in case I ever need this type of functionality.  Thanks.
lemonie5 years ago
The optical mouse-part tracks the movement of ball I guess?

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