Subject: Re: Designing an Input Device
Date: Sun, 13 Oct 2002 15:31:53 -0700
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Keenan Crane wrote:
> I know very little about electronics design and manufacture, so please
> forgive me if this sounds a little trite.
> I would like to construct an input device for a computer which
> determines the coordinate of a point in space. I intend to start by
> having a control point and a device which outputs a voltage depending on
> how close/far away that point is. Then I will read that voltage into
> the computer to get a value of distance. In the unlikely even that I
> get such a device working I would create four of them to run in parallel
> and triangulate the position of the point based on the distances. I
> want to make this as primitive as possible as it is only for my personal
> enjoyment (and I don't have any commercial funding or anything).
> If someone could make suggestions about what sort of components (for
> instance, do I use a radio signal? Infra-red?) to use and what a good
> source of information on these topics is I would appreciate it. As I
> said, I do not have much experience in electronics (apart from a summer
> job soldering robotics parts) but I am a university student (no, this is
> not my major) with a functional mind, so I believe I have the resources
> to accomplish this.
> Thank you,
> Keenan Crane
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