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PostPosted: 18.04.2002 17:27 
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I got unique mouse that has a ball intsead of a mouse. I t is a acrox 4d magic ball optical mouse. it scrolls up down and left to right. Is it possible to replace the ball and light it up.

Here is a link : http://www.acrox.com.tw/fancy_8d_mouse.htm#mu6

The real challange is measuring the ball, and making a replacement.[/url]


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PostPosted: 18.04.2002 18:44 
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hmm.. not too easy... Have you checked that is that "ball" optical or works like a regular ball in ball mouses? If it's optical, there isn't much to do because the surface of the ball is made so that the optical sensor can sense movement. If it's mechanical, then you could use a glass marble or a plastic ball that you may find in some shops that sell stuff for hobbyis etc. Hard to make that kind of ball by your self.


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PostPosted: 19.04.2002 09:56 
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I think that it's possible to change the ball to some transparent/semi transparent. Looks just the same that some laptop mouses which are mechanical. Sorry my bad english!

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PostPosted: 25.04.2002 12:08 
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I agree with japala that it definitely can not be transparent for an optical trackball. Semi-transparent might work, but it would take trial and error to find out how semi-transparent it would have to be to still function as a trackball and let through light.


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That is just a standard trackball mouse,only smaller.I have seen where a LED was directed towards the ball,lighting it up COMPLETELY.It looks very nice that way.Like a glowing ball of color.


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PostPosted: 08.01.2003 05:29 
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however as with the glow pad or the fire wheel if the ball is shaped from clear plexi then sanded very fine it should still be able to read the surface of the ball then add a led under it like what IceWheel said

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PostPosted: 19.03.2003 14:45 
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If you don't find a plastic ball from shops that does fit in your device, you can allways make plaster mold of it and fill it with epoxy. This way you get a perfectly matching ball. And if it works with clear ball, you can even fill the ball with some small figures etc (Micromachines)! I haven't tried this but i have seen it done.

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PostPosted: 06.04.2003 05:22 
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If your really sure about your ability with plexi... you could find a big block of plexi, and use some sandpaper or a file and get it down to a ball.... and if you put a LED to it..... itll glow! but thatll take some skill to make... but if you can find a cube of plexi big enough.... it might work


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PostPosted: 11.11.2003 06:04 
one world for you about making a plexiglass ball.
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