Xah Keyboard Blog 2016-05

Linux Keybinding Tutorial

now, there's navigation panel on the left.

Trackball Ball Sizes and Replacement

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MyKey Keyboard
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Scythe Ergo Diver Keyboard

Trackball History

new index page.

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Trackball Size Comparison
A4Tech wwt-13 trackball 87945-s307x204
A4TECH WWT-13 Trackball
stingray trackball 17804-s319x196
Stingrey Trackball
Kensington Expert Mouse pink 43644-s283x221
Kensington Expert Mouse Pink
A4TECH WUT-5 trackball mhp46-s250
A4TECH WUT-5 ScrollTrack
logitech trackman marble wheel trackball 34390-s297x210
Logitech Trackman Marble Wheel Optical Trackball

ah, smell the sweet history of trackball.

for history's sake, here's

logitech cordless optical trackman 1-s227x276
Logitech Cordless Optical Trackman trackball
tesoro keyboard trackball 2-s372x168
Keyboard with Trackball ⌨
qtronics trackball d00d2-s289x217
Qtronix Trackball
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Keyball Controller
revolve controller 81388
REvolve Controller
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Trackball Controller Xbox 360

another dead endeavor

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Valve Steam Trackball Controller

lots research on trackball in past days. They are not dying.

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DT225 Trackball
Adesso trackball mouse 87726-s266x235
Adesso Trackball iMouse T1
Kensington Orbit Trackball Mouse

old one, new page.

gameball trackball 1-s307x204

Test Your Mousing Efficiency!

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SpaceNavigator 3d Mouse

another update today.

this one, is a 3D mouse.

as far as design goes, this one is basically a 4-way joystick, plus up/down sensor, and twist clockwise/anti-clockwise sensor, and a non-tilting NSEW 4-way push sensor.

all in all, it actually is inferior to a design based on trackball or mouse, because, as a joystick, it does not have any instantaneous variable speed capabilities, such as in a mouse or trackball or touchpad.

a better design, would be starting with a trackball, then add up/down sensor, and twist clockwise/anti-clockwise sensor, and a non-tilting NSEW 4-way push sensor.

but, if that, still not good because these added movement doesn't have instantaneous variable speed.

so, a even better design is to 1 trackball, 1 joystick, and another one, may be trackball or joystick. The joystick will be used as 8-way control without instantaneous variable speed. For some movement, it's better that way.

but the problem is that now you have multiple parts that you need to hold, as if needing 2 hands operation.

what is instantaneous variable speed?

first, know that there's continuous change of position (mouse) vs instantaneous jump to position (pen tablet)

instantaneous variable speed is like mouse. A joystick is not. It has constant speed. But some joystick has variable speed, depending how far you push it in one direction. But still, the speed change is not random instantaneous variable.

see Math Models of 3D Input Control

lots mouse update in a day. This one, has a updated version with 1 extra button, and also has left hand version. Also, there's now a video review.

Elecom EX-G Trackball MX8q-s250
Elecom EX-G Trackball
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Sanwa Trackball MA-TB38BK
Marble Madness design diagrams
Marble Madness

updated: Best Trackballs, Xah Pick

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ITAC Mouse-Trak Trackball

Trackballs That Can Spin

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Trackball Roller Plus
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Typing of the Dead

Type Habits, How People Actually Type?

Mouse with 2 Scroll Wheels and Thumb Wheel

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Ergodox Keyboard with Trackball

Using Piano to Type Text, More Efficient Than Steno Machine

Akai MPK Mini MKII keyboard controller 71-s325x192
Using Piano to Type Text
, more efficient than steno machine.

computer ball mouse mechanism 2005-s
How Mouse Works

Cute Keycaps

nomic62 keyboard, added to bottom Atreus Keyboard

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Catboard Keyboard 😸 ⌨
planck keyboard MustacheRabbit 2015 2-s

Planck Keyboard, my review.

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Kinesis Foot Pedal review

Elecom DEFT Trackball vs L-Trac

found a fantastic trackball video review of Elecom DEFT Trackball, and it also compares to the other best trackball the L-Trac. See Elecom DEFT Trackball (refresh page if you opened it recently)

Sonder Keyboard
each key is a display.

someone posted my hacker keyboards rant to hacker news. https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=11611635

Trackball Reviews