Introduction: Sun Three Button RGB Light Doodler Mouse.

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I meet Lori Stotko and Stuart Nafey at this years Makers Faire Auditions.
They had these cool Light pens they had made to doodle with.
I decided to make some when I got home, and remembered the old Sun three buttoned mouse I had saved in my parts bin .

Step 1: Sun Mouse

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Here is the mouse, I had removed the cable years back for so other project.

Step 2: Sun Mouse Opened.

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Here is the mouse opened and the three buttons I will use.

Step 3: Removing All Hardware.

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I decided to remove all unneeded hardware to make room for the battery holders.I also added a ground wire for the batteries.

Step 4: Battery Holders.

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I am using two 2032 battery holders for power.

Step 5: LED Holder.

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From my parts bin of old computer and electronic parts I found a 6 wire pin cable to connect the 3 LEDs to the switches .

Step 6: Soldering the 6 Wire Connector.

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The six wire connector was soldered to the three switches and a common ground.

Step 7: Completed RGB Board.

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Here is the board after soldering ready to test.

Step 8: Reassembiling Sun Mouse.

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Now to see if it fits back in the casing.

Step 9: It Works!

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Using the red LED that was in the mouse and adding the green and a blue I fired it up.
Success !

Step 10: Dont Forget the Camera Remote....

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During the same build I made a remote for my Canon so I would not shake the camera while exposing the shot.

Step 11: Drawing in the Dark....

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Make the room dark, (I waited for night) push the remote shutter, draw!
I found the Blue and Red were really over powered the green, perhaps I will put a pair of resistors
on those.also I could buy a RGB led with all the emitters in one , but this was made with parts "mined" for old Tech waste.


kentkb (author)2012-06-23

Other "Doodlers"

kentkb (author)2008-09-04

Canon rebel....any, on Craig's List

fallenspirit123 (author)2008-09-04

any one know where I can get a good SLR camera for really cheap? Im tired of using my current one that only allows me to do 15 seconds and i I have no remote for it :/

Orchestrapit (author)2008-03-22

Very creative use of materials. nice instructable!

kentkb (author)Orchestrapit2008-03-22

I made this so the leds plug in to a small socket , and I can change them out for other colors, RGB seemed the nice starting point1

Orchestrapit (author)kentkb2008-06-24

sweet, i think this calls for a trip to r-shack!

kentkb (author)2008-05-31

Great!, Let me know if you start one. kentkb

gmjhowe (author)2008-03-22

What a perfect use of that mouse, i absolutly love this! Perfect Job!

kentkb (author)gmjhowe2008-05-31

I hate to throw out anything.... Just ask my wife Laurie. Thank you. KentKB

joejoerowley (author)2008-03-22

Cool! Nice instreuctable!

kentkb (author)joejoerowley2008-05-31

It was fun to figure out. KentKB

Brennn10 (author)2008-03-22

Neat! I love light doodling.

kentkb (author)Brennn102008-05-31

Fun stuff huh? KentKB

UberPug (author)2008-03-22

that looks like an optical mouse from the 80s.. weird

kentkb (author)UberPug2008-05-31

It Is! Thanx, kentkb

ELF (author)UberPug2008-03-23

Oh yes, and that mouse goes nice with a dual core 64bit machine from the same time ;) That's Sun Microsystem's old standards. They were "ahead". There were some limitations though. The mouse reguires a special dotted mousepad :S

kentkb (author)ELF2008-03-23

Elf, That right! I remember the dotted mouse pad.... Thank you, Kent KB

ELF (author)kentkb2008-03-23

I used to have a 350Mhz sparkstation I think it was called.. Turned out one of the slot plates had fallen off inside it and short circuited the main board, frying just about all the components :( It was obsolete when I got it, but I'd still have loved to play with it... Something cool about running a 64bit system from "back then" :P

kentkb (author)UberPug2008-03-22

Yeah, I think this was a mouse from the mid 80's we had at the Opera, maybe a Spark 10? Kent KB

GorillazMiko (author)2008-03-22

Done very neatly, great job. Light doodling rules. +1 rating and vote. (added to favorites)

kentkb (author)GorillazMiko2008-05-31

Thank you! You are very kind. kentkb

iamthemargerineman (author)2008-04-28

but how do i take the picture?

O4P I made a switch for my digital camera that allows me to hold the shutter open (Bulb) see step 10.... Thank you for the comment. kentkb

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Bio: Kentkb aka Kent K. Barnes. Husband , Father and Grandfather. Tinkerer and Maker . Life long curiosity in how things work. Tech bon vivant. Favorite toy as ... More »
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