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Date: Wed, 20 Nov 2002 23:39:27 GMT
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On Wed, 20 Nov 2002 22:43:26 +0100, "Frank Bemelman"
There is no other keyboard or mouse device attached to the PC. The
project is to create an alternative keyboard and mouse device for a
Basic Monochrome LCD display is used to clue the user what he wants
to send to the PC monitor. This is no longer a part of my current
1. My custom input device (functionally a group of on/off switches,
patentable design).............................................2 .goes
into Black Box with a Monochrome LCD to tell what is going on.. BB
outputs keyboard codes and mouse signals to...................3. .the
The startup LCD screen shows 8 cartoonlike icons. When the PC icon
is highlighted close "enter" switch from my input device. This brings
up the next LCD display showing the first keyboard visual. When the
scan pattern highlights the desired letter close the "enter" switch
from my input device. The letter appears on the PC. Close "enter"
at a keytop image (representing one of the F keys on the keyboard
visual) allows toggling between one keyboard display to another.
>What is this '5 more are non standard keys'? Are these mechanical
On the top row of the LCD keyboard display assign the Function keys
for the things described earlier. Gave them a different appearance so
that they wouldn't be confused with F keys.
>How do you operate a mouse in software?
I'll pass on answering this one. Won a hon. mention in a Circuit
Cellar design contest with this. This is what started the ball
>Is that a problem, that the keycodes sent to the PC are exactly the
>same? Did you give them a list with the required translation? Is the
>PC screen display correct, using the commercial foreign software,
>or is there a problem with that as well?
No problem about what is sent from the blackbox to the PC . The
problem is that he could never get the LCD keyboard to operate as a
whole. Out of 66 keys for example he can get 60 to work. If he
fixes the remaining 6, six or more keys elsewhere will be disabled.
Or the scan pattern drops scanning a certain row.
>Click with what?
My input device. Click only when the desired key or function is
highlighted. There are no other mouse or keyboard devices other than
my alternative input device.
>Which other 7 icons?
On the first LCD display of 8 icons including one with a pix of a PC.
>You said there were 5 other keys?
These refer to the second LCD display showing a keyboard. (the F key
row.) I realise I am causing confusion as I cannot disclose the
>> How much coding work (time) and program size (lines) would the above
>> project take?
>This can go on for months. Watch me ;)
My question is more to check if he really needed all those months to
do the little he achieved.
Which is why I decided to cut my losses and dump him. I don't need
anything from him. This first project was totally self financed. I am
just trying to recover some money.
Fortunately I have two new teams (industrial design+ electrical
engineering) that is working out very well. Being a government funded
project keeps everyone honest and eager. Prestige and reputations are
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