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Offline Phenix

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What do you think about trackpoints?
« on: Mon, 01 May 2017, 17:47:56 »
Just an brief idea:
once I get my pro micros running, I will finally solder my 6x5 matrix pcbs together.

Plan is either use one (+maybe an trackpoint, or 11900 trackpad) as media centre control

or

do an split preonic board, with if possible an pointing device.

My question is:
is someone using an trackpoint? Is the effort to integrate one worth it (i never tried one before)
I use an roccat mouse with my ergodox.
Loved the rollermouse red - badly bad to use with dox.

trackballs like the slimblade didnt grew on me at all.
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Offline daerid

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Re: What do you think about trackpoints?
« Reply #1 on: Sun, 07 May 2017, 15:03:25 »
I love trackpoints. I really wish they'd see a resurgence, they're an amazing pointing device for keyboard oriented folks. Unfortunately there's not really a good implementation out there for them (from what I know of anyways)

Offline Phenix

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Re: What do you think about trackpoints?
« Reply #2 on: Sun, 07 May 2017, 17:07:18 »
I will have to check some stuff out.. Eg an trackpad of an g11800.

btw: Macbook trackpads can be sourced off china. Would QMK recognize it?

I never tried trackpoints, so I am mich more inclibed to get an trackpad from which I now I can use it..
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Offline Phenix

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Re: What do you think about trackpoints?
« Reply #4 on: Mon, 08 May 2017, 10:20:18 »
I would want to go 40 degree or so
Badly its gonna be an portable board, so its somewhat hard to make it "perfect ergonomic".

If you have an idea to make it TENTABLE and TRANSPORTABLE please share..
Else its gonna be somewhat 10 degree or so, in an unibody wood case.

(problem with split design is transportation)
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Re: What do you think about trackpoints?
« Reply #5 on: Mon, 08 May 2017, 10:41:55 »
They look beautiful but I find that most of the time the implementation is lacking, and I don't use them.
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Offline tornarchon

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Re: What do you think about trackpoints?
« Reply #6 on: Mon, 19 June 2017, 03:00:46 »
I would want to go 40 degree or so
Badly its gonna be an portable board, so its somewhat hard to make it "perfect ergonomic".

If you have an idea to make it TENTABLE and TRANSPORTABLE please share..
Else its gonna be somewhat 10 degree or so, in an unibody wood case.

(problem with split design is transportation)

I'm using tennis balls sawn into half to tent my Diverge 3. While it's nowhere near 40 degrees, maybe some form of larger hemispheres (e.g. hemisphere cake molds) might work? If it's hollow then you could stack your hemispheres together to take up less space.