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Optical Mouse Help!

I need someone to explain a typical optical mouse circuit to me using diagrams and such. I could do it myself but I only have one optical mouse on me at the moment so Id have to go to the store to get a really cheap one. I'm on the verge of a kipkay quality instructable!

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mouse reassembling

How to reassemble a broken optical mouse?

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Extend optical mouse range

Hi all, I'm wanting to make a jig for a production project requiring a sensitive optical measure of movement with a focal length of 5-10 mm. I thought an optical mouse might be a good start but the lenses in a few I've tried require the device to be too close. It needs to be no bigger than the electronics of a mouse. If anyone has a lens that could be perfect or other ideas I'd love to hear them. Thanks, D

Topic by Qball007    |  last reply


Laser mouse mod

I want to ask can anybody explain me can I put a real laser in an optical mouse? I want to be able to move in on any surface even in the air (1cm betwen mouse and surface)? I want to make an fps gun mouse, so please, tell me, can anybody do it ? And if yes what laser I should use?

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How to increase the viewing area of an optical mouse?

Hello, I'm just wondering if any of you guys knew how to make the viewing area of an optical mouse bigger. I have an optical mouse, and of course the viewing point is only as big as the hole for the laser is. I'm wondering if I can make it bigger, so if there was a sheet of paper, with the mouse under it, it would track something moving on the paper. basically like this finger-paper-mouse --- | >

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Some uses for a optical mouse and the USB "reciever" for it?

Hey, i've got a spare optical mouse that works with a USB device (reciever?) that gets the mouse's signal, and I want to make something with those things, but I dont have any ideas, I was thinking maybe a RC device controled with the mouse? i dont know, im sort of a begginer in this stuff, does anybody have any ideas please? thanks

Question by tato312    |  last reply


I need help rewiring an optical mouse

Hello, I started a project I don't have the tech know-how to finish. I'm trying to rewire a wireless mouse to an arcade style interface. Is there a way I can rewire an optical mouse so as to accept input from an arcade joystick?  Thanks!

Topic by quantumgun  


how to convert usb optical mouse to wireless

How to convert my wired optical mouse to wireless? please help me...

Topic by christin_meghan    |  last reply


how the usb optical mouse works exactly in detail?

I m working on a project of B.E final year so need a detail

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Printing a Random Pattern on the desk

A couple of weeks ago, I bought an Ativa (Office Depot store brand) wireless mouse on sale for $15. It appears that they were clearing out stock, because they no longer list it on their website, but this is the closest thing I've found. I like the mouse, particularly because there is a built-in charger in the wireless tranciever for the two Ni-MH AAAs it takes. Yes, AAAs, the link is for a different mouse.Problem: Lousy resolution, I think. the wired Lenovomouse that came with my computer worked just fine on my smooth, blank desk surface, but this one requires much more of a pattern. I don't like mousepads. Scribbles with a pencil work well so far, but they smudge after a day or so. I want to put some sort of pattern on my desk for it to read. My best idea was a laser-cut random bitmap stencil and a can of black spray paint, but I don't have a laser cutter. Ideas?

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any ideas for a new function for my optical mouse?

I have this optical mouse (completely useless, i have a new one.) and i want to give this mouse a new purpose :). But I have no ideas :D So, what can i do with this thing? oh yes, i'm a beginner...

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how can i power a wireless optical mouse from usb so that there are no batteries?

I want to power my wireless optical mouse from the usb of my pc with a wire just for the power not the data , the usb has 5v and the mouse needs around 3 can i do it with just voltage regulator with resistances or i will need more parts

Question by geoper2    |  last reply


can i use an optical mouse (through an arduino) as a pulse oxymeter?

Arduino can read coordinates from a mouse, a small example is in the following link http://www.martijnthe.nl/2009/07/interfacing-an-optical-mouse-sensor-to-your-arduino/ But how could read color for using mouse as an pulse oxymeter? More than this we could use it with optical fiber adapted to the "eye" of the mouse for intravascular measuring ScvO2 !!!???

Question by clblue    |  last reply


What is the maximum velocity that could detect the optical sensor of a mouse?

I'm planning to do an anemometer passing a cilinder over the light and monitoring the velocity with software. Thanks in advance!

Question by aletoscano  


Can I use a CMOS part of optical mouse to control my PC?

Hi guys, I want to know if is possible to use a CMOS (part of optical mouse) to make a multi touch screen or similar DIY device to control the pc. The CMOS can be like a IR sensor over my PC monitor. Tks

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Does anyone know the pinout of this chip?

Hello fellow Arduino-ists I've got an old laser mouse (DELL M-UVDEL1) and I want to get my arduino uno or mega (I've got both) to read the data it sends out and print it to the serial monitor. First, can anyone tell me the pinout of the chip on the following picture: http://imgur.com/oy4si, bakside: http://imgur.com/B4sQM, then I think I can work from there, unless anyone wants to help me even more by posting an example code, that would be great

Topic by mdanielsson1  


Anything I can do with a Computer mouse?

I have an extra Optical mouse and was wondering if there were any projects i could make with it

Question by Emsaid    |  last reply


If I took a 5v mouse and took it apart and hooked it up to a 9V battery will it fry?

I have this mouse my friend gave me. I want to take it apart and just get the led thing out of it. It is an optical mouse. If I hooked it up to a 9V battery will the light fry?

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Digital pen

Can  an optical mouse be turned into a PC screen writing gadget or digital pen? Optical mouse have a low resolution camera. By using a software that coordinates what's being shown on the screen and a modified optical mouse, it could be possible to draw on the screen or turn this combination into a touch screen application.

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Mouse wheel. How do I replace optical encoder with rotary encoder?

Hi, I have a Belkin Nostromo N52 controller. It has a mousewheel that can be custom programmed independently from the wheel in your regular mouse. I want to use it as a jog dial so I want to remove it from the original place and replace the rubber wheel with a jog dial. Basically it is to rotate the wheel 90 degrees as they did here with a mouse: https://www.instructables.com/id/Desktop-Scroll-Wheel-and-Volume-Control/?ALLSTEPS The problem is the Nostromo wheel uses an optical encoder instead of a rotary encoder (the typical used by half of the mouse wheels in the world). The mod I want to do would be a little complicated using the optical encoder (I would have to use a piece of PCB perpendiculary soldered to the main PCB and the height of the resulting device would be very tall for what I want) but it would be very easy if I could replace the optical encoder with a rotary encoder I salvaged from a mouse since it can be laid down on the PCB pretty well. The problem is the signals of the optical encoder and the signals of the rotary encoder are different. The middle leg of the receiver in the optical encoder is connected to +5vcc while the outputs are connected to ground using 10KΩ resistors. In the rotary encoder, the first leg is connected to ground and the other two go directly to the mouse IC. I tried to remove the optical encoder of the Nostromo and connect the two outputs of the rotary encoder to where the outputs of the IR detector go and the third leg to ground but all I get is a permanently actived scroll down (as if the wheel was scrolling down all the time). I didn't dare to connect the third leg to Vcc just in case I blow the thing. I think there must be a way to replace the optical encoder with a rotary encoder and get the same signals and I think this involves using the Vcc line and resistors but since I'm not very good at the electronic side of things, I don't know how to do it. I'm enclosing a diagram of the optical encoder circuit. The diagram on the right enclosed in question marks is what I guess would be the equivalent circuit for the rotary encoder but I'm not sure. Can anybody confirm it or point out the appropriate corrections? Thank you.

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What would happen if I changed the LED in my optical mouse to say, a green or UV (ultraviolet) one?

I'll make sure to get the right size,brightness,voltage and current LED, but would the optical sensor still function with a different color? and does anyone know why they use a red LED, or is it just easy/cheap for manufacturers?

Question by sjoobbani    |  last reply


How do I rewire my mouse to make a pistol mouse? Answered

I found this tutorial and I would love to know how to rewire my mouse to make into a pistol mouse? www.instructables.com/id/DIY-Pistol-fps-Mouse/ I have a Gateway MOAKUO optical mouse. On the back of the circuit board my mouse has the left click switch in a vertical position and the right click switch on a horizontal position right next to the switch for the wheel. My problem is that I don't know in which of the terminals of the switch do I connect the cables that come from the controller, the switches have 3 little thingies where I can connect them.  In the instructable would be step # 3. I have some pics of my mouse. LC stands for left click switch, RC stands for right click stich and the red little squares represent where the little red push button on the switch would be placed on the other side of the picture. thank you very much for your time. Please help.

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my Optical/Laser Mouse doesn't always "click" on the computer... Is there a possible way of cleaning it internally? Answered

This mouse is somewhatt old but not really abused... It clicks just fine, no sticking or anything... but now it won't always click on the computer... I've noticed this just this last week... in order for it to even register a click on the computer, it sometimes requires me to click pretty hard. What's going on with my Clicker?

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How come my mouse wont work?

I just bought a giga ware usb optical mouse. i got home and plugged it in and it wont work. it says stuff like something went wrong so your hardware might not work properly and stuff like that. oh and im using an hp compaq nc6400 runs on windows xp professional. please help

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how can i make a drawing tablet and pen for pc from a optical or laser mouse?

Ive been trying to figure out a way to make a graphics tablet with a pen for photo shop& gimp using either an optical mouse or a laser mouse . think i just about have it figured out . i would just like to have some input to see what you guys think

Question by mr.gray    |  last reply


ADNS 2620 Mouse Sensor and Lens?

MAIN QUESTION: What is a good simple way to hack together my own tiny lens that can go over a mouse sensor chip to allow it to focus about 10-20 cm away? I bought a bunch of these mouse sensors https://www.sparkfun.com/products/12907 (which are basically tiny cameras) right before I came down to panama I was hoping they could solve an ant-traffic monitoring problem I will be working on for the next few months. I basically need a really cheap device that I can point at part of a tree, and have it tell me whether or not an ant is walking by. Here’s a bigger description of the problem (with pictures!) http://andy.dorkfort.com/andy/digitalnatural/2014/05/30/intro-to-arboreal-ant-sensor-main-project-summer-2014/ (Main Pic http://andy.dorkfort.com/andy/digitalnatural/wp-content/uploads/sites/2/2014/05/img_5388c64dc9c86.png) Anyway through some quick hacking (still don't have a resonator for it until next week), i managed to get the thing working. So after lots of messing around, i got the first steps to it working going on! Based off this: http://tim.cexx.org/?p=613 I modded an arduino sketch and a processing sketch to read the image, and display the image in processing: https://github.com/quitmeyer/AntSensorPrototype/tree/master/OpticalMouse%20Sensing Go into the examples folder and look for ADNScamera for the arduino, and the readmouseimage sketch for the corresponding one. Things are STILL way hacky. The guy from http://tim.cexx.org/?p=613 has a nice pinlayout and schematic, but I didn’t have an oscillator, so I just put at jumper wire between the osc in and out. I’m sure this is bad, but it actually functions and responds! I also don’t have a lens for it.

Question by blorgggg  


pinout help for my salvaged ir sensor/photo diode from mouse.?

I have salvaged ir emitter sensor pair from an old optical mouse. ir led glows fine on testing with mutimeter but the sensor part has 3 legs and i have always worked with 2 leged photodiodes . what is this specifically called? how can i know its pinout by testing with multimeter?

Question by Atul009    |  last reply


accelerometer based mouse, what happens when tilted

I got a free dual axis low g accelerometer from freescale, the output voltage is proportional to the g forces, I also have a ton of free PICmicro chips with I2C and A/D converters. I want to make a mouse just basically for proof of concept. I was thinking about how to program it, since I want to tell the computer the "movement since last request", I would need to calculate the speed using the g force reading (9.8m/s2 = 1g)if the mouse is moving at a constant speed, the g force would be 0, and the speed would be the same as the last reading, also, gravity affects the reading if the mouse is tilted slightly, increasing the speed even if it is not moving at all, so I was thinking, if the mouse was tilted, and then balanced again, the speed would remain the same, causing annoyance to the user. this is the problem i would like to solve.Is there a space efficient way to make a accelerometer not affected by tilt? if not, is there any tricks I can use (such as detecting unusually uniform g force and automatically go into "joystick mode")? I have been thinking about using a thumb button to zero the speed (while held down, the mouse can also do "super precise mode" which means one pixel per half second no mater how fast), is the thumb button the way to go? how about sensor to see if there is contact with a surface? or four IR rangers to detect tilt while above a surface?side note: does anybody have a datasheet for ata1060xa? its a optical mouse sensor with built in 27mhz RF transmitter made by @lab, and they don't share datasheets.oh and head on over to cypress for free wireless usb modules (2.4ghz i think, multiple channels) if you are interested in cheap RF, i have two with 50 meter rangeinfo on mouses and keyboard serial interface found herehttp://www.computer-engineering.org/ps2protocol/

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dead reckoning sensor!! what are its uses? is it limited to robots?

I read an article about making a dead reckoning sensor from an optical mouse! is it limited to robots! like position monitoring and  measurement whether it is used in real life vehicles or applications?

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A few Nokia smartphone ideas and questions

Is there any free way to use a phone as a bluetooth mouse or keyboard? Perhaps VNC? I saw a comment somewhere with the idea of using the phone like an optical mouse. Anything that can do that? Also is there a way to get maps that use cell towers to track your position without using the internet to load the map? (I'm on prepaid and wap isn't cheap) Know of any must have apps for a Nokia N72? Thanks in advance

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Any ideas on what to do with them? I'd apreciate anything interesting enough to be done..?

Hello ! I've got some old (attachable) computer speakers, an old CD-rom and an unuseful optical mouse..Any ideas on what to do with them? I'd apreciate anything interesting enough to be done..?

Question by R.S.E.    |  last reply


Xbox 360 Keeps Shocking Me, New Mouse Pad Is Making Cursor Twitchy

Whenever I touch my Xbox 360 after playing it for a while, it shocks me. It's really fucking annoying. It hurts too. It's made my finger go numb at the tip a couple times. I put a piece of a static cling fridge calender over the drive eject button, and that works most of the time, but any time my finger is a little bit off the piece of plastic and touches the Xbox, it shocks me. It gets me if I touch a thumb drive I've had in there a while too. I think it might have something to do with me not being grounded to the console via a controller wire, because my controllers are wireless, unlike my GameCube ones, which I would never (or rarely maybe, I dunno) get shocked from. I have another problem too, I have this mouse pad with a wrist rest, but the mouse pad part of it is fabric on top, and always catches hairs and dirt and stuff, so I cut it off. I have the wrist rest taped to my keyboard tray now where it would normally be, but I'm using a Dell mouse pad that came with my computer. The problem is, ever since I've started using it (yesterday) my cursor has been twitching, anywhere from a few centimeters to going all the way to the edge of the screen. This happens constantly, probably once a minute. This is also driving me crazy. I've heard that having a mouse pad with colours and stuff like that all over it can make optical mice twitch. The one I'm using now is just different shades of grey, I don't think it should be this bad.

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Steampunk Goggles, Wood-Burning Pen, Water Recycling...

Function clickclear(thisfield, defaulttext) {if (thisfield.value == defaulttext) {thisfield.value = "";}}Sign-up for our newsletter subscribe Oct. 4, 2007 Welcome back!It's October and we're less than four weeks away from Halloween! So be sure to get working on some awesome projects for our DIY Halloween 2007 Contest! Until then, check out these cool projects. Mad Scientist Steampunk Goggles Complete your mad scientist outfit with these easy-to-make goggles.posted by pleasedontspamme on Sep 30, 2007 How to Make Your Own Scratchtable Learn to scratch the virtual vinyl with just a pizza box and a mouse.posted by dbond on Oct 2, 2007 Cool Cloud Lamp! Create an ethereal light source with soap, water, and a light source. Can be easily modded for a nice Halloween effect.posted by babblin5 on Oct 1, 2007 Laser wood-burning pen Combine a High Power Laser diode and a mechanical pencil and learn to "write" on wood. Don't forget the goggles.posted by ramanff on Sep 27, 2007 How to Build a Remote Control Deadbolt Build a remote-controlled door lock with 110V solenoids, solid steel dowel, and an X10 remote control for $30.posted by stuffman on Oct 4, 2007 Halloween Contest 2007! Get a free shirt! Mouse Cam Use an optical mouse for low resolution imaging. The picture is that of an "e" under the mouse.posted by neelandan on Sep 27, 2007 Cool Little Miniature Stove! How to make a great portable pressure-based alcohol stove from stuff you probably have laying around your house!posted by NK5 on Sep 27, 2007 How to bring that store-bought VenusFlyTrap Back to life! A little help for all those people who have a dying VFT on their hands. posted by Spedy on Sep 27, 2007 Water Recycler (Grey Water) Reuse the water from your washing machine in the garden and grow some vegetables during a drought.posted by slemke on Sep 28, 2007 How to open a coconut Learn how to open a coconut with just a hammer, the stylish way.posted by uwe on Oct 3, 2007 Now go build something awesome, and I'll see you next week! - Eric

Topic by lebowski  


Does This Desktop Spec Compliment the Price? = - )

This is a Desktop computer package from a company called "Cube247" . I am really considering this deal. ( Intel Core 2 Duo processor, 2GB of fast memory, massive 500GB hard disk, DVD rewriter, huge 19” widescreen TFT panel and Microsoft Vista – all for £449!!Microsoft Windows Vista HomeIntel Core 2 Duo E4500 Processor2048MB DDR II 667 Memory500GB SATA II Seagate Data Storage < ----------------------------Awsome!!!!!! Half a Terrabyte.NEC 7200 Multi Format DVD/CD ReWriterIntel 950 128MB GMA Graphics7.1 High Definition Surround SoundIntel Core 2 Duo Motherboard19” Widescreen TFT 5MS Flat Panel ScreenLogitech Wireless Multimedia KeyboardLogitech Wireless Optical MouseLogitech S220 2.1 Speaker System10/100 Ethernet LAN8x USB2 Ports All for £449.00 .Does it sound like a good deal ???Also I have a few queries......:The computer doesn't have dedicated graphics, it has intergrated. Will I be able to upgrade the desktop to be fitted in with a graphics card later on.Also the the graphics are: Intel 950 128MB GMA Graphics. What kind of games will I be able to play on the desktop with this graphic spec....if any at all..... = S.The OS this package comes with is " Vista Home Basic " , It only takes £20 more to upgrade the OS to " Vista Home Premium " do you think I should go for it . Does Premium Make a good difference?Thank you Please help.

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