If you like the vibration feedback found in gaming console controllers and want to add a little rumble-action to your mouse, all-things-DIY magazine Make offers a tutorial that may be right up your alley.
The rumble mouse is an electronics project from Make Magazine Vol. 06, put together by Greg Lipscomb. In the video below, Kip Kay demonstrates the process of taking an old mobile phone, pager, or other small vibration motor and wiring into a basic $US20 mouse.
It’s a pretty neat project, although it does have one shortcoming — there’s no way for the computer to send unique feedback like a game console does to a controller. You’ll get vibration for your own gaming actions, but when things happen to you in the game (like getting shot at instead of doing the shooting), you won’t get impact rumbles or the like. Still, in light of coding you’d need to do to get it working with different games, this is a fun little hack. Check out the link below to see the digital edition of Make and find additional instructions and schematics.
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